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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.



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Use Small Safe Bets For Learning

Use Small Safe Bets For Learning

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.


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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.



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Leverage Optionality

Leverage Optionality

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.


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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 agains...



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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....



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The Medium is the Message

The Medium is the Message

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.


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Beware Theories Detached From Reality

Beware Theories Detached From Reality

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 a...


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Embrace Volatility

Embrace Volatility

  • Attempting to avoid all volatility and disorder renders systems fragile, unable to adapt and strengthen.
  • Biological and social systems require exposure to stresses, failures and turbulence in order to evolve greater resilience.

Progress comes through encountering chal...


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What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

  • Sheltered from volatility, systems become fragile and collapse with any disruption.
  • True strength stems from stressors, trial-and-error, and antifragility.
  • Turbulence distills via selection, revealing what withstands unforeseen risks. Challenges mastered make systems resilien...


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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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Your envy should always be a sign to you that you are lacking something. At that moment, you should ask God to help you understand what you resent, why you do not have whatever you are envying, and whether you truly desire it. Ask him to show you what you need to do to get there, or to give up th...

Always seek to improve your skillset

Ideally, it would be best if you never were looking for your next job, because you enjoy what you do. When you are fully immersed in what you do and can function at your best, searching for your next one is unnecessary.

Even if you've found a role that you love, you should continue to lear...


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