It would be a shame if we went through all this and everything stayed the sameUnknown
A good way to test something is to add stress and see what happens. Which is currently happening on a global scale. Ready or not, our governments, our leaders, our healthcare systems, and our individual ways of life have all been exposed to the fire.
STRESS TEST noun
: (sometimes called torture testing) a stress test is a form of deliberately intense or thorough testing used to determine the stability of a given system, critical infrastructure, or entity. It involves testing beyond normal operational capacity, often to a breaking point, in order to observe the results.
Only a crazy person would have chosen this. Almost everybody is hurting in some way. These are challenging times, to say the least.
That doesn’t mean we can’t use them.
In his book ‘Antifragile’ Nassim Taleb posits 3 kinds of system:
- The first is Fragile which, when tested will break.
- The second is Robust which, when tested, will hold up for a while, before breaking.
- But the third type of system is Antifragile. This kind of system actually grows stronger when confronted by stressors in the form of chaotic inputs.
(A good example of an Antifragile system would be your own body which, when given a small dose of poison (through the process of hormesis) becomes more resistant to that poison in the future.)
Think about that for a second.
First, if this pandemic is the mother of all stress tests, how are your systems holding up? And second, how can you move them along the spectrum from Fragile to Antifragile?
In other words: how can you use your current circumstances to better and more bulletproof your future?
Now, this is only a small thing. A little idea. But ideas can be powerful. The concept of antifragility may not be the light at the end of the tunnel for you. But it may be a light you can use to get yourself through the tunnel (and better prepare yourself for the next one).
In the prologue of his book, Taleb remarks that:
Wind extinguishes a candle and energises fire… You want to be the fire, and wish for the wind.
What did you think of this post? Sometimes the best part of these articles is the discussion that springs from them. The Comments Box is just below. Simply scroll to the bottom of this page and start typing.
Join The Community:
Everyone and their dog has a mailing list these days, but this one is different.
I only mail when I have something of worth to offer, and I never share your address. Being on the list is a way to find out things before anyone else, and there will be stuff going out very soon. Don’t miss out.
Leave A Tip
If you liked this post or anything else on this blog you can now leave a digital tip (for about the same amount as a cup of coffee). Because that’s how you support and cultivate the things you love. - Thankyou