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Never ask the doctor what you should do. Ask him what he would do if he were in your place.
You would be surprised at the difference.
Few understand that procrastination is our natural defense, letting things take care of themselves and exercise their antifragility; it results from some ecological or naturalistic wisdom, and is not always bad -- at an existential level, it is my body rebelling against its entrapment.
It is my soul fighting the Procrustean bed of modernity.
Progress comes through encountering challenges, not hypothetically modeling perfection.
Keep options open rather than narrowing choices. Optionality and flexibility allow capturing unpredictable upside while containing downside risk.
Specialization and overoptimization reduce options and increases fragility.
Many elegant mathematical models fail to account for real world unpredictability and complexity. Progress comes from incremental empiricism, not theoretical perfection.
Beware rationalist policies not grounded in on-the-ground evidence. Reality throws curveballs that defy detached abstractions.
The turkey gets fed for 1000 days, every day confirms to its staff of analysts that butchering is not around the corner. The 1001st day is when expectations meet reality.
Place small, low-risk bets to empirically test theories and options rather than making high-risk gambles based on assumptions.
Leverage fast feedback loops to gain intuition and learn from mistakes. Develop skills to handle unforeseen challenges through lived experience.
How something is conveyed often matters more than what is conveyed - the medium influences interpretation and acceptance.
Leverage nuance and multiple mediums when communicating ideas.
My characterization of a loser is someone who, after making a mistake, doesn't introspect, doesn't exploit it, feels embarrassed and defensive rather than enriched with a new piece of information, and tries to explain why he made the mistake rather than moving on.
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder is authored by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The book argues that certain systems, entities, and processes can benefit from shocks, volatility, and uncertainty, and become stronger and more adaptable as a result. Taleb introduces the concept of "antifragility" to describe this property and contrasts it with fragility and robustness.
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