Why “anti-fragility”?

We know what fragile means – it describes something that breaks under pressure or from shocks.  You might think the opposite of fragile is strong or robust – something that is simply harder to break.  The true opposite however is something that gets better from regular shocks, stress and uncertainty.

Antifragility is a property of things which increase in capability; to thrive as a result of stressors, shocks, volatility, noise, mistakes, faults, attacks, or failures.  The term was coined by renowned thinker, trader and flaneur Nassim Taleb (for more see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antifragility).

In a bio-dome experiment in Arizona, they found their carefully looked-after trees got to a certain height, but then just fell over.  The only thing missing from their environment was stress. In this case, strong wind to force them to become stronger (https://medium.com/the-ascent/bio-dome-trees-drop-dead-in-perfect-environments-9e738f325821). 

Life is not like living in a bio-dome, although we can seek to make it like one by seeking only comfort.  We will be better and stronger (more antifragile) if we seek discomfort – like F3 workouts – and better able to cope when the strong winds of life come for us.

by Nerd

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