Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s Top Life Tips

From the Sunday Times. Talebe is the author of the best-selling, and the best business book of the decade: according to Tom Peters: The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable. The article is really good about showing you what Taleb’s life and person are like, and introduces you to his radical and very persuastive philosophies. – Jason

My favorite tips… to see all 10, read the article. It’s good.

2) Go to parties. You can’t even start to know what you may find on the envelope of serendipity. If you suffer from agoraphobia, send colleagues.

4) Wear your best for your execution and stand dignified. Your last recourse against randomness is how you act — if you can’t control outcomes, you can control the elegance of your behaviour. You will always have the last word.

5) Don’t disturb complicated systems that have been around for a very long time. We don’t understand their logic. Don’t pollute the planet. Leave it the way we found it, regardless of scientific ‘evidence’.

7) Avoid losers. If you hear someone use the words ‘impossible’, ‘never’, ‘too difficult’ too often, drop him or her from your social network. Never take ‘no’ for an answer (conversely, take most ‘yeses’ as ‘most probably’).

9) Hard work will get you a professorship or a BMW. You need both work and luck for a Booker, a Nobel or a private jet.

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Jason Shen

Jason is a tech entrepreneur and advocate for Asian American men. He's written extensively and spoken all over the world about how individuals and organizations develop their competitive advantage. Follow him at @jasonshen.

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