A few weeks ago, I discussed training for life and becoming more resilient but it goes deeper than that.
Back in my days in the investment world, I was fascinated by concepts like antifragility and the black swan theory, both popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. These concepts went a long way in my thought process into designing trades and portfolios that could benefit from unthinkable events and grow from disorder and stress. Now I use these concepts in thinking about how we can grow as people and society.
How do you train for the “unknown, unknowns,” the black swans like we are experiencing now? You train the mind and you do this with techniques that will make you antifragile.
In his book, “Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder” Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses the concept of antifragility. “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty. “Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” The human body has a process for creating antifragility called hormesis. Hormesis occurs when we apply stress to our system in small doses where higher doses would kill us, allowing our body to adapt and grow.
We don’t want to just be resilient, we want to be antifragile. To do this, we must test our bodies with the right amount of stress and then allow ourselves time to recover and adapt to that stress. Then, the next time we can go a little harder. This is why we use the ice, the pool, and difficult workouts. At the same time, we focus on how to use your breath to handle the stressors.
How are you handling the current stresses we are going through? They aren’t easy for anyone I sure have my days where I struggle. I am glad I have practices, experiences, and relationships I can come back to change my mindset. Do you? My long term mission is to help you take what you learn and apply it to all stressful situations in life, allowing you to handle it on your terms and avoid your emotions controlling your response. Don’t allow the black swans to turn you into a fragile person. Change your relationship with stress and become antifragile. Send me a dm if you’re ready or if you just need to talk.