Life & Philosophy

Randomness, probability and uncertainty

antifragility: being in a position where the unexpected allows improvement, where the potential gains from a surprising event outweigh the potential losses.

Nassim Taleb’s book Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder asks us to be ready for the unpredictable and see it as opportunity in disguise.

It’s no surprise that when bad things happen to us, our physical, emotional, and spiritual strength evolves. We’re forced to reflect, become more appreciative of the fragility of life, and make improvements where we may have previously accepted mediocrity.

Those that refuse to evolve fall at the wayside and repeat history. The unpredictable provides a valuable lesson: be ready to take advantage of the moment to become something or someone new.

Chances are if you worked for everything before, you’re more likely to rebuild again. A broken bone returns stronger. It’s a Darwinian world, after all.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.