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Oct 30, 2017
In his great book Antifragile, Nassim Taleb walks us through the fact that there’s a big difference between being fragile, being resilient, and being ANTIfragile.
 
In short:
 
If you’re fragile and life hits you hard, you break.
 
If you’re resilient and life hits you hard, you withstand more and… eventually…  you break.
 
But…
 
If you’re ANTIFRAGILE, when life hits you hard you actually get stronger.
 
Think about that. 
 
The more you get kicked around and challenged by life, the S T R O N G E R you get. 
 
Wouldn’t that be awesome?
 
As Nassim tells us and we would be wise to remember: A wind extinguishes a candle but fuels a fire.”
 
Let’s build a bonfire.
 
(On that note, how about this gem from Rumi: I am burning. If anyone lacks tinder, let him set his rubbish ablaze with my fire.”)
Oct 28, 2017
At this point, most of us know that Roger Bannister was the first person to break the 4-minute mile. Very smart people of his era said that it was impossible. Period. End of story. He, of course, wasn’t so sure.
 
But here’s what’s awesome: Do you know how Roger trained to do the impossible? 
 
Hint: He broke down his goal into bite-sized pieces.
 
Here’s how: First, he trained until he could run a quarter mile in a minute. (Nice job!) Then he trained until he could run half a mile in two minutes. (Well done!) Then he trained until he could run three-quarters of a mile in three minutes. (Sweet!) Then he trained until he thought he could run the full mile in less than four minutes.
 
And, voila!
 
On May 6, 1954 at Iffley Road Track in Oxford, England, the time keeper looked down and saw these magic numbers: 3:59.4.
 
Roger achieved the impossible by breaking his impossible” goal into little bite-size, do-able pieces—which is always a very good idea. (As Henry Ford once said, Nothing is particularly hard if you break it into enough small pieces.”)
 
How about you?
 
What’s your jumbo-big exciting goal? You know, the thing you would do if you weren't afraid?
 
Yah. That one. 
 
Write it down in a few words. 
 
Now, let's chunk it down and give you your next bite-size doable target.
 
What's the very next micro-goal you need to hit en route to that big goal?! The thing that, once you achieve, will make it possible to hit the next target?
 
Got it? Awesome. 
 
Now… What’s your next baby step?
 
And, most importantly: Is now a good time to take it?
Oct 27, 2017
In our last +1, we had fun applying Rumi’s wisdom that God turns us from one feeling to another so we have two wings to fly and not one.
 
Today, we’ll look at another one of my favorite gems from Rumi.
 
He tells us: If you are irritated by every rub, how will you be polished?”
 
Think about that.
 
If you want to be polished (aka Optimized!!), how do you expect to get there if you’re irritated by every little rub of life?
 
Guess what?
 
It’s those rubs” (aka challenges!) that are MAKING YOU SO SHINY!!!
 
Rumi also tells us: This discipline and rough treatment are a furnace to extract the silver from the dross. This testing purifies the gold by boiling the scum away.”
 
Yep. 
 
That’s the ticket.
 
We need to embrace all the little rubs antifragile-style as we step into the furnace so we can burn the scum away. 
 
That’s Today’s +1.
 
Got any challenges these days?
 
Can you see how the ONLY way you’ve grown in the past is by overcoming challenges?
 
And that the challenges you’re facing today are simply opportunities for you to actually APPLY all these tools to get a little shinier?
 
Rub rub rub.
 
+1. +1. +1.
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