Antifragile is a term created by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of the book with the title “Antifragile: things that benefit from chaos”, 2012, reference in the financial market and professor of risk engineering at New York University. Antifrágil is a study applied directly to the area of economics, however, the teachings of the book (and of the entire collection “Uncertain” by the author) are more like a philosophical essay on how we see life and how we deal with our problems, risks and uncertainties.
THE THREE CATEGORIES
The author divides personalities, or forms of existence in the world, into three: fragile, robust and antifragile. The first is that when faced with adversity, pressure or external interference, it breaks. The second, remains intact, resists and remains safe. The latter, antifragile, benefits from chaos. That is, when something goes wrong, when there is a crisis or simply an unscheduled situation, it improves, becomes different, evolves.
These categories were defined considering the economic scope, the application of a sum of money, for example. However, the book also brings perspective to relationships, diverse experiences and any other life situation in which adversity may or may not “break” us, as if we compare it to glass (something we are constantly trying not to be), stone (which we usually are) and something that becomes better (antifragile, which we should aim for).
HOW TO BENEFIT FROM CHAOS?
We live in a moment of great tension and chaos, which can seem, to a certain extent, disloyal with so many atrocities and bad events, isn’t it? However, what the book brings NOT the idea that we can not break, that we are forbidden of that and what We need (obligatorily) take advantage of everything. The point is another.
By imagining himself as “unbreakable” and able to improve with bad situations, we opened a path of possibilities. In other words, the concept is important to teach us how to deal with our uncertainties, risks and leave the field open to put ourselves in them. When becoming anti-fragile, the mind becomes aware that there are external and totally unexpected factors, of whom not everything is within our control and reach. So, when something adverse happens, the ability to turn things around and get out of the situation even better is greater.
PRACTICING THE ANTIFRAGILE
Okay, but just imagine that everything is okay ?! It is not so. The author, over the many pages, proposes some practical exercises (and others of the same thought) that can assist this process and help to deal with chaos.
- Understand that there are other factors besides ourselves and that they are unexpected.
- Look at your little mistakes and analyze them, the.
- Correct small mistakes.
- Combine different things that look like “not combinable”, Take the risk.
- Give and receive criticism, progressive.
- ask other people who are experiencing the same problem as you.
- If you can, solve problems quickly.
- Go little by little, without a lot of charges, you can first try to be robust ?
- And finally, test the Barbell Method, proposed by the author: leave 80% of things safe and 20% of things risky.
- And a tip that is not from the book: try to see these “antifragile” teachings as an alternative or reflection to deal with problems and not as a primer of how you should be ?
Did you like this post? It is a brief reflection on the book, which has 664 pages and is worth every second of reading!