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Learning To Be Antifragile

You can’t change your destiny. But you can change the way you react to it. This is a lesson, I wish I understood earlier in my career.

A book that brought me great value when dealing with corporate politics is a book called the Black Swan and I was excited when the author wrote Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. In it, he discusses the concept of resilience as the ability to withstand difficulties without breaking.

“The general principle of antifragility, it is much better to do things you cannot explain than explain things you cannot do.” – Nassim Taleb

I believe the core of being antifragile is self-awareness and a clear sense of meaning, purpose and impact. Individuals, organisations, and communities that are clear of what impact they want to have on the world are in a better position to find opportunities to realise that, even in the toughest of situations.

It took me a long time to accept that I can’t know what’s going to happen in life. Proper training of the mind, body, and spirit has helped me achieve resilience and better equiped me to confront life’s ups and downs.

Winston Churchill said, "Never waste a good crisis." Whatever the future holds, the one certainty is that it will involve more crises, uncertainties, and challenges.

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