🎥Treatment–Thriving in Uncertainty

1. Summary

Nassim Nicholas Taleb is joining Chris Do and Ben Burns to break down his concept called “antifragility” and what it means to be an “antifragile” creative entrepreneur.


What is Taleb’s Work all about? 
Taleb coined the term “antifragile” in his book Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder. From the first few pages he has two quotes that clarify this concept. 

  • “The wind extinguishes a candle and energizes the fire. Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.”

  • “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty…Let us call this term antifragile. Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shock and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”

The quotes are saying: 

  1. Fragile people and things break easily when shocked with a force (bad business prospects, unfair disadvantages, etc.). Bad.
  1. Strong people and things also break, but they’re a bit harder to break when shocked with a force. Still bad. 
  1. Antifragile people and things thrive when they’re shocked because they learn from it and adapt to it. Ideal. 

We don’t want to just survive in uncertainty, we want to embrace it and ultimately thrive. 

This concept of embracing the discomfort and pivoting, although given a new name by Taleb, is actually pretty common around The Futur’s office as seen in videos such as the one below.



Guiding question 

  • How can creatives adopt Nassim’s ideas and become antifragile? 
  • So how do we embrace the uncertainty? 
  • How can creatives get better and thrive when shocked or in the midst of uncertainty?

Answer

Embrace uncertainty and be flexible enough to adapt to unforeseen situations. Run to and desire uncertainty because it cultivates strength. 

We will empower our audience to do that by providing this new concept and 3 actionable takeaways from Taleb’s concept. 

3 benefits
When you are antifragile, you are…
  1. Sharp: when you’re comfortable, you tend to be slothful and miss the small details. 
  1. Nimble: pressure and uncertainty make you lose what you don’t need–what’s holding you back–so that you can focus only on the essentials. Hardship isn’t bad; it eliminates weakness. 

Sometimes our best laid plans get thrown out the window and we’re left to work with much less. How do we maximize that and make it incredible? 

2. Purpose 

We want our audience to understand the goodness of uncertainty and embrace volatility rather than insulate ourselves from it because it cultivates a good skillset and gives them opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to. 

Audience