Becoming Antifragile How to get ready for Chaos


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Antifragile, Or Why Being Insulted By Nassim Taleb Can Make You Stronger

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Make Yourself Antifragile

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Here are a few recipes to get you started. With each new meal you cook, your knowledge expands and furthers your horizons on food – your tastebuds are becoming more antifragile. On top of that, try introducing chaos into your diet! Eat more on days when you train, and skip meals on days.

You can prepare yourself for the battles of life by practicing voluntary hardship. Occasionally take cold showers, live on a tight budget, drink water only, and so on. Get comfortable being uncomfortable, and the inevitable blows of life won’t be as devastating. 4.

Thoughts on current events, including but not limited to, the computer & automotive industries; British, American, & World politics; Space Exploration; and the military. Make better decisions faster No longer fear negative emotions (even fear) Become confident in not having an opinion (saying “I don’t know” when you don’t) Become more afraid of the dull life than failure Take more actions rather than wasting time planning Do what you want, rather than what you “should” do Have more fun. You become antifragile when you “resist the urge to suppress randomness, keep your options open, experiment and tinker — take lots of small risks, respect the old — look for habits and rules. The first step to becoming AntiFragile is to remove fragility, and one of the things that can make us fragile as leaders is a reluctance to try new ways of being, doing and leading.

It’s no surprise. Our brains are wired to keep us safe and trying something new can feel risky. 1:06:49 Becoming more antifragile with your wealth and peer relationships by applying the barbell strategy to those areas. 1:09:43 Letting your plans be more of a guide and not letting them.

Antifragile is a blueprint for living in a Black Swan world. Erudite, witty, and iconoclastic, Taleb’s message is revolutionary: The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will make it. Praise for Antifragile “Ambitious and thought-provoking… highly entertaining.”—The Economist.

He has a lot of options in his hands. In a portfolio, you should have options if you want to be antifragile. That means, buying put options when they are dirt cheap, a few years before a market crash.

Of course you don’t know that the market will crash. You just buy an option as an insurance, “just in case”. Condition yourself against low and high temperatures by taking ice baths and saunas.

This will trigger hormesis and antifragility. Because winter is coming Put yourself under nutritional stress by doing intermittent fasting and carbohydrate restriction.

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Pace yourself: Remember to space out your reorganizations over time, restructure sparingly and reconfigure more frequently but not so often as to create chaos.

“Organizational Behaviour” by David A. Buchanan, Andrzej A. Huczynski
from Organizational Behaviour
by David A. Buchanan, Andrzej A. Huczynski
Pearson Education Limited, 2019

If chaos is a problem, the first step is to make a practical plan.

“Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie's Guide to Life on Earth” by Debbie Denenburg, Paul Isaacs, Henny Kupferstein, Ruth Elaine Joyner Hane, Karen Krejcha, Temple Grandin, Stephen M. Shore, Richard Stirling Maguire, Larry Moody, Lisa Morgan, Liane Holliday Willey, Qazi Fazli Azeem, Garry Burge, John Makin, Yenn Purkis, Mary Robison, Steve Selpal, Charlene Devnet, Lars Perner, Patrick V. Suglia, Alexis Wineman, Craig Evans, Anita Lesko, Mitchell Christian, Bob Castleman, Tony Attwood, James Buzon
from Been There. Done That. Try This!: An Aspie’s Guide to Life on Earth
by Debbie Denenburg, Paul Isaacs, et. al.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2014

On such occasions I may theoretically be limiting myself by starting with a rigid cage to keep out chaos, but practically speaking I would limit myself much more if I tried to deal with more chaos than I could handle.

“Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process” by Peter Elbow
from Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process
by Peter Elbow
Oxford University Press, 1998

Chaos will do everything in its power to suck you in and keep your stress level high.

“The Anti-Anxiety Diet: A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free” by Ali Miller
from The Anti-Anxiety Diet: A Whole Body Program to Stop Racing Thoughts, Banish Worry and Live Panic-Free
by Ali Miller
Ulysses Press, 2018

Start small and build on, with time you will often realize that your initial fears of more freedom turning into chaos were unfounded.

“Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child” by Pernille Ripp
from Passionate Readers: The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child
by Pernille Ripp
Taylor & Francis, 2017

Realize that your style of organized chaos might work well at times, but that it can sometimes get you into trouble.

“Finding Your Leadership Style: A Guide for Educators” by Jeffrey Glanz
from Finding Your Leadership Style: A Guide for Educators
by Jeffrey Glanz
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2002

As you start developing your plans, keep the pressure off and your anxiety level down by remembering a key tenet of chaos theory: the further into the future you’re trying to plan, the less accurate your plan will likely be.

“You Majored in What?: Designing Your Path from College to Career” by Katharine Brooks, EdD
from You Majored in What?: Designing Your Path from College to Career
by Katharine Brooks, EdD
Penguin Publishing Group, 2009

Chapter 3, Routines This chapter shows you how to turn chaos into routine.

“Time Management for System Administrators: Stop Working Late and Start Working Smart” by Thomas A. Limoncelli
from Time Management for System Administrators: Stop Working Late and Start Working Smart
by Thomas A. Limoncelli
O’Reilly Media, 2005

I have to admit that I have worked with chaos science for a few years and intentional chaos with organizations for a year and a half and for the first year, every time a group went into chaos, I panicked.

“Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network” by OD Network
from Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network
by OD Network
AMACOM, 2012

It is possible to prepare for chaos.

“The Windup Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
from The Windup Girl
by Paolo Bacigalupi
Night Shade Books, 2009

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  • Cool! I liked the concept and I also liked that you took a strategic risk to make this video hehehe. thanks to your initiative, i learned about this cool idea “antifragility” nice!!

  • With the survival bias, is the point to stay with the optimum strategy regardless of being affected by others potential survival or loser bias?

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  • Excellent episode, great to see some admirable humans discuss very important topics. It’s a time for self reflection but awareness and real action. Hopefully America can help foster strength of character, leadership, wisdom and justice.
    2020 is my first year of reading through Daily Stoic, astounding, and I got it after hearing it on the podcast.
    Chasing Excellence, the book, inspires too, it led me to this podcast to begin with and to make progress in life both physical and mindset. This show has helped immensely this past year. Much respect. You are changing lives, and attitudes. Peace.

  • Yes, that’s right about here in Switzerland! The European government never ceases to drag us into its dictatorial policy. We refuse to be part of this Titanic, so they try blackmail, threats, new laws to harm us, taxes etc. Swiss people have had their weapons at home for a long time and we have always had the recommendations of having enough food reserves to last several weeks in the event of closed borders. 99% of Swiss people ignore that Switzerland is an important deep state nest and that we will never be at war because of it.

  • Great stuff, guys. Like to hear your thoughts on Universe 25 vis a vis the dulling/removal of antifragile stressors in the modern world due to the surfeit of hydrocarbons.

  • My decades long weed habit is honestly a daily practice in antifragility. I fuzzify my insides and learn to persist through. I also fully acknowledge synchronicity and that anything in our informational environment may be connected to anything else, through time, through different scales, no difference between mental and physical except attributes. Everything is conscious and has intent.

  • Video Time Stamps Are In Description LIKE SUBSCRIBE AND LEAVE A COMMENT!!

    My favourite is Antifragile, what is yours?


  • The Chinese believe in and practice what Sun Tsu preaches in The Art of War: Protect your downsides. Make your offense and defense work seamlessly together. Stay Circumstantial. These are the fundamental values in Chinese culture. Lots of Westerners complain about having to cope with complexity and uncertainty in Chinese countries. But this world is complex and uncertaint. How can you expect to rely on the same trick, same old pattern? There’s an idiom in Chinese to mock “Rigidity”: Make a carved mark on the boat so as to retrieve the sunken sword which was lost in the water when the boat was moving”, Lol, 刻舟求剑. Napoleon says: “ Stay Fluidly”.

  • thanks for the recap, a correction:
    Covid19 is not a black swan event, as Nassim said, it was predictable due to previous pandemics like SARS

  • Great job guys. I’ve read Antifragile twice and listening to your discussion triggered new ideas and applications of the main themes in the book. I’m looking forward to your podcast on “Skin in the Game.”

  • Thanks for sharing hearing each of you provide your perspective and experiences helps. I especially liked the discussion on leadership and character.