April 11th, 2020 | Risk
Yesterday I started reading "Skin in the game". It's a very controversial book, written by an eccentric entrepreneur slash philosopher, Nassim Taleb. His main thesis in the book is that theory is bullshit, and that any kind of academic theorem is based on an oversimplified version of reality. Hence, bullshit. He argues that we only learn by doing, aka having skin in the game, and that luck is a huge huge part of success. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is this: When a successful person got lucky, he capitalized on it and made money. When he got unlucky, he didn't get destroyed. The art of taking calculated risks is real. One thing that really stood out to me is that he believes we only progress and grow when we take a big risk and our ass is on fire, aka have skin in the game. But the growth that comes with it stays forever. Not to be corny or cringey, but it reminded me of grueling and stressful fight camps back when I was fighting. The nerves leading up to the fight were really intense, and after it was all over you weren't the same person. It made me want to take a big risk. Dunno, like do something crazy. I feel a bit in a rut right now, and I don't know which technique is the best. Many little small things, like small habits? Or a big thing that just sets my ass on fire? So far in 2020, the new little small things/habits I made me come up with the idea and execution of Cyberleads. But at the same time, starting this new job and freaking out that I wouldn't have much time was a big move. Was it the small things that helped me or the one big thing? I kinda believe the big thing. I think we have less power over ourselves than we like to think. Maybe I'm just thinking too much. Just, relax. It's a lovely Saturday right now and I'm enjoying a lovely beer with the sun on my face. I'm listening to some kids running and speaking in Italian and I'm trying to guess what the hell they are saying. Tiny little human beings, have so many things to say. So cute. Anyway, tomorrow I will start working again, today I want to relax and just chill. Ciao!