This blog is based off of the idea of antifragility as defined by Nassim Taleb in his book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder. I highly recommend it to anyone who has not already done so. It definitely changed the way I look a the world and my place in it.
If you’re looking for a quick definition, here it is:
- Fragile things hate disorder, stress, and chaos. They break when exposed to them.
- Robust or resilient things don’t care.
- Antifragile things love disorder, stress, and chaos. They thrive when exposed to them.
Antifragility can be thought of as the end point of a spectrum as shown below. In other words, things can be thought of as having varying degrees of fragility (or antifragility).
Here’s another good graphic that I stole from Matt Barney’s LinkedIn page. It shows three things with these properties: a teacup, an ax, and a dandelion. Although, for the dandelion, you really should think of an entire population of dandelions and not one in particular.