I first heard the term ‘antifragile’ from Nassim Taleb’s book ‘Antifragile’ and I realised is exactly how we transform clients at Takeshape.
Fragile – Robust/Resilient – Antifragile
Anti-fragile is the opposite of fragile and a step further than robustness and resilience. Fragile breaks easily, robust stays strong up until a point and is then overwhelmed – the scenario of a water dam being overwhelmed by a freak and unpredicted flood. This is also exactly what happens in many peoples’ bodies. The body robustly resists illness and injury until it is overwhelmed and disease sets in. I have described this in terms of adrenal fatigue previously.
Antifragile describes a system or organism that actually gets stronger from the random (disordered) stresses that are placed on it. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same whereas the antifragile get better.
“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive […]