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Live like a hydra and nothing will ever defeat you in life


April 4, 2016 |   By Buster Benson

Live like a hydra and nothing will ever defeat you in life
Basically, antifragile things are things that benefit from disorder, obstacles, unexpected events, change, etc.
 
Examples:
  • Obi-Wan: “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.”
  • The mythical Hydra, that grows two new heads every time you cut one off.
  • “What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.”
  • Natural selection, survival of the fittest, where the weak or unadapted perish, leaving the fit to continue on more suited to the environment.
  • Silicon Valley — lots of small startups that are allowed to fail.
  • Muscles get stronger when they’re pushed to the point of failure.
 
Being antifragile is different from being resilient or robust. Being resilient or robust means that you bounce back quickly from disturbances — for example, a bridge that can withstand a 9.0 earthquake, or our skin that can quickly repair itself of cuts and bruises. Antifragility goes a step further and describes things that not only bounce back quickly, but come back stronger when they meet adversity. The way bacteria becomes resistant to antibiotics, or the way Venture Capitalists learn from the investments that fail and make smarter investments in the future.
Almost everything in the universe that has lasted a significant portion of time has an antifragile system in place. This is simply because the fragile things (things that could not withstand high levels of change and adversity) and even the resilient things have been eliminated over the years as the universe changed around them. Read the full article courtesy of Buster Benson

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