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Book review: “Antifragile” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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My Favorite quotes:

“If you have more than one reason to do something (choose a doctor or veterinarian, hire a gardener or an employee, marry a person, go on a trip), just don’t do it. It does not mean that one reason is better than two, just that by invoking more than one reason you are trying to convince yourself to do something. Obvious decisions (robust to error) require no more than a single reason.”

“The irony of the process of thought control: the more energy you put into trying to control your ideas and what you think about, the more your ideas end up controlling you.”

“The best way to verify that you are alive is by checking if you like variations. Remember that food would not have a taste if it weren’t for hunger; results are meaningless without effort, joy without sadness, convictions without uncertainty, and an ethical life isn’t so when stripped of personal risks.”

“Let me be more aggressive: we are largely better at doing than we are at thinking, thanks to antifragility. I’d rather be dumb and antifragile than extremely smart and fragile, any time.”

Rate: 10/10

Book review - Antifragile

Have you ever asked yourself, how come millions of dollars are paid every year to professional people for the sake of predicting our economical future and we are still surprised when they come? How come there is more unemployment in sectors that required degrees than in the taxi sector? Why we are so afraid of changes while we all know that they are necessary for progress? You will get all the answers to those questions in this book.

Following the publication of his best seller “Black swan”, Nassim Nicholas Taleb has managed to surpass itself in this incredible book. His capacity to pass complicated ideas in simple words, are one of the things I find the most admirable about this author. Moreover, the ideas behind this book are extremely revolutionary and contradicting our current mind set, nevertheless instead of showing resistance to his ideas I find myself laughing all along the book.

The ideas behind the book has changed a lot the way I see the world we are living in. It gave me a different perspective on our current society, which I find to be important in the current state of monopolized flow of information. The practical implications of the concept of antifragility are massive. I will recommend any person that feels he want to understand better what is wrong in our current mind set to take the time and have a read.

If you search to purchase the book:

Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder

 

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