Your systems, your schools, your education is making you weak. Why you ask?
Because you’re living in a fragile ecosystem.
What is a fragile ecosystem you ask? Good question!
Fragile vs Antifragile: What is the catch?
There are two forms of ecosystems.
Fragile and Antifragile.
I will be going through both, to teach you why you need to leave the fragile state and become Antifragile.
What is the Fragile ecosystem?
- Do you rely on your education for success?
- Do you rely on your business model for success?
- Do you rely on your sports training for success?
- Do rely on job your to live?
- Do you rely on the government? lol Trick question
- Do rely on your beliefs for success?
If you answered YES to any of the above, then you are fragile.
Your LIFE. Your future. Is not yours!
Instead, you’re a puppet being controlled by your ecosystem.
You go to university thinking it is the “right” thing to do. Once you graduate, you’re in debt 100k, but you are super excited and since you got a nice diploma you think you’re a guaranteed a job. But wait! After 3-4 months of job hunting, no luck. After 1 year of job hunting, no luck. After 1.5 years you are moved back in with your parents, bitching and screaming at the world because you got no job!
Well my friend, you just became fragile or in jail terms… You just became someones BITCH!
See… You relied too heavily on your education, your diploma and your job to “succeed” and when you did not succeed. You gave up.
This is the BIGGEST problem we face today. Too many of you are living in a fragile ecosystem. It’s time to wake up and evolve.
It’s time, as I like to call….to become an Optimal Health Warrior. It’s time to bring back the warrior mentality.
“There is nothing outside of yourself that can ever enable you to get better, stronger, richer, quicker, or smarter. Everything is within. Everything exists. Seek nothing outside of yourself.”
― Miyamoto Musashi
The Antifragile Equation = How to succeed in life
The idea of becoming AntiFragile I learned from Nassim Taleb’s book, AntiFragile.
The term is new to me, but my lifestyle to it is not.
Antifragile is a celebration of risk and randomness and a call to arms to recognize and embrace antifragility. Rather than reduce risk, organize your life, your business or your society in such a way that it benefits from randomness and the occasional Black Swan event.
I remember one time, when I was robbed at gun point. Might be traumatic for some, but I am a different bread of insane. Van pulls up: 3 men, one BIG ass shot gun. Give me your money. I look at them, heart racing a bit, trying to figure out what to do. Do I give them the money? Any normal person would do that. Or do I do something unexpected?
I chose the Antifragile way.
I pretended not to speak English. It confused them for 2 seconds and then I did something much different. I nonchalantly walked up to a house and rang the doorbell, pretending it was my house. Now immediately they left, seeing their mistakes. Would I recommend this approach to you? No! Unless you are insane like me.
It’s just an example of Antifragility. Not following a process. Mind you my process might have been life or death, but I like those odds.
“Antifragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better.”
― Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Let’s talk Education
If you look at your education system today. What are some words that pop into your mind?
For me it’s…
- Over Priced
- Horrible curriculum
- A system designed to create work slaves
How many people do you know that think their degree or diploma will guarantee them a job?
Too many! Remember what I said above. The Educational system is a fragile ecosystem.
JOB = Just over broke
So, what are you supposed to do?
I have created the antifragile equation of life. It draws inspiration from three sources:
What you are about to learn will transform your life. I have been using this formula to teach countless entrepreneurs and mentees on mastering life and getting shit done! Click here for that article
The Antifragile Equation (A x L x A) to the power of (R) R= Repeat
A = Adaptability
In the first part of anitfragile equation we have Adaptability. Darwin said it the best… “It is not the survival of the strongest nor smartest, but the most adaptable”
How do you apply this?
We will use the educational system again. By now you can tell I have a hatred for our modern day educational brain washing, manipulative system. Let’s jump right in.
You remember from above. You couldn’t get a job? You went to school. You spent 100k, but no job, no future. Instead of bitching and being fragile you apply the formula.
A = Adaptable
You realize there is no job, instead of bitching, you pause…and think. What is my next move? You look beyond your educational training, and you look into different avenues. Because at the end of the day, life is a game of survival. Remember what Darwin said?
The adaptably is more or less a mindset shift. Once you realize you need to evolve and change. This will open you up for the next step in the equation.
Remember…You MUST be aware of your situation.
The term adaptability can also be interchanged with awareness on the conscience front.
You + Obstacle (No job) + (Holy shit. I need to do something different)
Equals = Entering the Adaptability Mind Frame
Next comes the L = Learn.
You are now ready to continue your evolution. After you have realized that the educational system fucked you. And then you realized. “Wait a second, no one is going to help me, but me!” You are ready for the following steps.
Below is rough outline of what I would do to become Antifragile.
Look for different jobs outside you education: The world is yours. Approach jobs that you want and love. Not jobs that your stupid degree or paper tells you too!
Seek out jobs in an unconventional way. Everyone sends resumes. You must be different to survive. I like the saying. Your works speaks for itself. So, if you see a company you like, find out how you can deliver more value too them.
You can redesign their website or fix their marketing or branding and give them your work for FREE! Now tell me…who will get the job? Some punk who just came out of college or YOU the guy that spent 3 weeks creating an epic redesign of their site?
Bottom line… become indispensable, become unique. Don’t be like the rest of the Schmucks.
“Change almost never fails because it’s too early. It almost always fails because it’s too late.”
― Seth Godin
- Start your own job. Why rely on companies to feed you? Create your future and take charge. Hell, I have started two companies for online coaching: Both for under 500 bucks! And both can feed multiple families!
- Seek new education: Now, before you ask me “Ameer, I thought you hate education”: Wrong! I Iove education. Education is the foundation of growth. What I don’t like is our system. So when I say seek new education I mean self-empowerment.
- Read a book a day. INVEST in yourself. Go to workshops.
Your education never stops.
“Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future”.
University of Nebraska student: “If you can choose one superpower, what would it be?”
Bill Gates: “Being able to read superfast.”
Warren Buffett: “Yeah I agree, I’ve probably wasted ten years reading slowly.”
Need I say more?
This step is critical!
I have seen many who are really good at the first two, but never make it to the apply step.
So let’s recap the formula and your journey to become Antifragile…
A = Adaptable (Aware of the situation) x L = Learn
(New skills, new tactics, new development)
In the apply section you will take all the information you have learned or gather from previous and apply it to your “situation.”
You learned a new skill looking for a job. Your skill(s) has given you a competitive edge. Now, before you think you have made it, you need to test your thesis. Thesis = skill. Because learning a new skill means noting unless you apply it and see the results. I have a rule of thumb I use for my life and my business.
Whenever I am reading a book or listening to an audiobook or course and something catches my attention: A holy shit moment! I write that exact thing down. And I kid you not. That very day or the next, I apply it and see if it fits in my equation of life. And if it doesn’t — throw it out.
The bottom line is…YOU must apply…apply…apply.
ACTIONS speak louder than words. Stop the procrastination. Hell, I even wrote a whole piece on getting shit done! Click Here.
Bottom line, talk is cheap!
“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over”.
Finally the magic to this formula.
The power of R = Repeat.
This is what makes this Antifragile formula special. When you apply the (R) it compounds and compounds. Giving you exponential growth. Because the faster you can repeat the formula. The faster you can GROW!
The hidden factor in this formula is speed and velocity. If you can use this formula on a daily basis as I do, think about where you would be?
If you applied this, day in day out, you will be light years ahead of the curve and light years ahead of your so called competition.
I will leave you with on my favorite quotes…
“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
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