Just as business tend to evolve thanks to failures and improvements, I strongly think that we tend to evolve through our mistakes, our errors and regrets. But I also strongly believe that not all errors are equal, and that in each of our lives, we’re making what I call some major formative mistake.
Some days ago, I finished Siddharta by Herman Hesse, a very strange and compelling book that immediately jumped into my life changing shelf of my library. One particular passage in this book hit me with the velocity of a full-speed train
It seems that nowadays a lot of people regret not being able to read more. So I’m writing this to give you some tips that I gathered along, hoping it may help you 😉
Last week I wasn’t able to write a single thing for this diary. While I did my best to keep a day-to-day one page diary, writing something longer was beyond my control. Because last week I lost someone very dear to me for reasons I still don’t understand and without being able to do a single thing to avoid it. Thus breaking multiple promises I did to myself for this beginning of year.
One thing I’ve come to realize more and more in our society, is our tendency to intervene all the time in everything, for the sake of the intervention. Things are being changed, teams are being shuffled, plans are being remade, … all the time, especially with a new-comer.
It’s been quite a long time since a book changed or challenged so much of the things I believed in, and this is exactly what Antifragile has done on an unbelievable amount of levels (politics, health, work, ethics, …).
At 29 years old, I realized I was a reader, meaning that I was understanding things in a clearer way when reading them instead of listening to them. This might appear quite simple, but this really helped me understand a lot of things about myself.
For a decade now and with a surprising increase during the last years, I tend to encounter a lot of words used without any interest for their basic definition, thinking only about creating or increasing some ”wow” factor. Those words I keep seeing? Exclusivity, Groundbreaking, Revolutionary, Unique, Innovation, …
This book felt like an endless streak of slaps in the face, presenting every bias one might have. I think I might have checked all of them, even the one I didn’t think I had. It does a really good job in explaining our common bias by providing solid links to scientific studies and real life examples that we can all relate too.
It’s funny how this simple thing has eluded me for so many years (and still eludes me from time to time). Something as simple as saying “no”,“I won’t”, “I can’t”. I’ve spent so many years running after time, saying yes all the time, abiding to things I didn’t want to do, investing energy I didn’t have, forcing myself to be someone I wasn’t or to do things that only pulled me down further.