When we develop optionality, we look for options that create advantages. Living through 2020 has been an exercise in finding options and avoiding minefields.
In his book, Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder Nassim Taleb explains that people who develop optionality are more resilient, adaptable, and better at making decisions in a world they don’t understand.
Getting up every morning, going to work, and coming home every night, day after day is the opposite of antifragile. There is no randomness and there are no options. People who prefer to live this way become fragile when chaos occurs. Stress and the necessity of reacting to the unexpected create growth.
We should try to make our lives more antifragile and learn from disorder. Learning to recognize and respond to options enables us to grow in situations that may make other people depressed, frustrated, or angry.
Every cloud has a silver lining, and this year has taught us many lessons. If we seek to understand, to learn and adapt, and to look for options, we are one step closer to being antifragile.
The road is easier together,