Practice

Practicing Your Backup Plan

We have talked a lot about trying to make life more “anti-fragile” and about creating more “slack” in life, and part of that is coming up with backup plans for when things go wrong. Backup plans are seductive things, because we tend to start them with the idea of “what if something goes wrong? Well, …

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Life

Prepping for Life Without

“Grit and determination has always been difficult, in a lot of ways the 9 to 5 helped coast through that.” That comment from Karl, fellow writer, life hacker, and confidant, is the inspiration for this post (possibly to his surprise). He’s referring to the fact that we are creatures of habit, and we can easily …

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Life

Resilience Is Not Enough

When I planned on this blog post, I thought I would be writing about how we need to toughen ourselves up to withstand whatever changes are in store over the next (pleaseGodLetItOnlyBe) four years. I'm not going to do that. Because as the often-annoyingly-egocentric Nassim Taleb points out over and over again, resilience is bouncing …

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Love

High-Bandwidth Love

I’ve been diving back into the concept of antifragility in a big way. That’s the opposite of “fragile”, according to the work of Nassim Taleb, author of the book of the same name as well as the person who popularized the idea of “the Black Swan” – unforeseeable events that change everything. One of the …

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Love

Antifragile Love

“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.” – Nasim Taleb “We’ll Get Through This.” Comforting words, yes? Whether you’re hearing them from your doctor or your lover or your spelunking buddy, it’s a nice thing to know. In particular it’s a nice place to …

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