Anshul wrote about the mental model of Antifragility some time back. It is a term coined by Nassim Taleb, and he defines it as being the opposite of fragility. So, things that benefit from shocks are antifragile. They thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, obstacles, disorder, unexpected events, change, and stressors.
An example of something that’s antifragile is Hydra, a serpent-like creature from Greek mythology that grew two new heads every time you cut one off. In Indian mythology, there is a similar character called Raktavija, a demon who had the magic boon that every drop of blood shed from his body gave rise to another Raktavija (literally the blood borne).
In this context, one thing or character that looks highly antifragile in today’s world is…hold your breath…Donald Trump. 🙂
This US presidential candidate has received massive criticism – and for obvious reasons – ever since he entered the field. But note this, the more he has been criticized for his past deeds and present words, the more robust his base has become. In fact, despite whatever the world thinks of the character of Donald Trump, this guy is on the verge of becoming the world’s most powerful man.