Taleb’s Stoicism

In his book Antifragile, Nassim Taleb defines a modern Stoic as “someone who transforms fear into prudence, pain into information, mistakes into initiation, and desires into undertaking.”

My interpretation:

Fear into prudence: Don’t be overtaken by your fears. Don’t forget them either though. Be cautious.

Pain into information: Understand what caused the pain and don’t repeat it. Learn from your mistakes.

Mistakes into initiation: Don’t be discouraged by mistakes. Use them to your advantage. Now you know what not to do.

Desires into undertaking: Don’t just be a dreamer. Be a doer. Don’t be precious. Be proactive.

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