Per the recommendation of many, I started reading Antifragile this week. I’m only one chapter in, but the stage set by the author in the introduction was phenomenal. He poses this thought experiment that there are three kinds of responses to stress or anxiety. You can be either fragile, robust, or antifragile.
Fragile people lose their head when things don’t go their way. They get flustered, lose track of emotions, and let everything ruin their attitude.
Robust people don’t let hard times effect them, they just continue to keep on keepin’ on. But they also don’t make anything out of hard times. They have a “it is what it is” mentality.
Finally antifragile people not only keep their heads when hard times come knockin’ on their door, but they actually use the hard times and make something good out of it. Not in a “new age spirituality” good type of way, but a tangible action or response comes from stress, anxiety, or other hard times.
I’m excited to keep reading this book, but it says I have ~11 hours left, so it’ll be awhile.