In the current and somewhat unpredictable context such as the pandemic, war and other natural disasters that generate catastrophes with gigantic consequences, it is necessary to stop and look at these impact events as opportunities. The pandemic itself has shown us that it is possible to use creativity to generate a positive impact and the great catalysts for change are usually the entrepreneurs themselves. Since children we are programmed to learn specific things and not to pay attention to generalities that may occur around us, this makes us not have developed previous notions of these unpredictable situations and we are unable to react positively and benefit from these events.But.. how not to be paralyzed in the face of so many changes that negatively impact us, innovate and grow in these moments? Adopting an antifragile mindset!And what is this?The concept comes from author Nassim Taleb, a renowned economist who predicted and benefited from various economic events in the US making millions of dollars in the bursting of the internet bubbles in the 2000s and is also considered one of the few people who preceded the 2008 mortgage crisis.
Antifragility means “Things that benefit from chaos: the antifragileopposite of fragile, is something that improves when faced with an unexpected situation.”When we are in moments of crisis, it is natural that we cling to the past or hope that the future will arrive soon, but the concept of antifragile shows that it is only by focusing on the present that we will be able to evolve and transform in the face of difficulties.And how can we prepare for what is unknown?
1- Apprenticeship continuous: Focusing on continuous learning and the adoption of a new behavior. Knowing that what you know today will be easily surpassed tomorrow and you will have to retrain yourself.Thank you for reading this post, don't forget to subscribe!
2- face the chaos and Stress: Not to avoid stressful situations and chaos, but to face them and learn.
3-Ir against risk: Try taking small risks in large amounts, without risk there is no reward.
4- Be open to news: Try new things, keep your options open;
5- Avoid what you already know doesn’t work: Focus more on avoiding things that don’t work than on trying to figure out what works;
And finally comes the hardest task (at least for me)…
6- Differentiate what is essential in a sea of useless information
Having access to information has never been easier. Despite this, the daily challenge of knowing what is relevant in the midst of an ever-increasing volume of data is faced. We must seek to learn new skills and new information.
However, consuming more and more things can make us become experts in acquiring new sources of information, but terrible at putting what we consume into practice and what is really relevant.
In practice, we may have to think about how to apply the Pareto Principle, which says that 80% of results come from 20% of effort. Likewise, it is quite likely that 80% of your knowledge in a given area comes from 20% of the courses, books and articles you consume.
One thing is for sure, you can’t stand still waiting for things to improve, invest in being someone who is prepared for everything, invest in being antifragile.Interested and want to know more? inspire with a video of Nassim talking a little about Antifragility.
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