Career Anti-fragility During a Black Swan Event

It’s too bad that there are so few alive from the Greatest Generation.  Those folks endured The Great Depression and World War II. They embodied Nassim Taleb’s notion of anti-fragility.   Some things are fragile, breaking when hit with a force.  Some things are robust, staying intact when hit with the same force.  And, some things – metaphorically and sometimes literally – are anti-fragile, getting stronger when hit.  From a character perspective, many who went through hardship in the 1930s-1940s ended up being stronger for doing so.

Taleb also coined “the black swan”, which has been one of the more common terms used to describe the pandemic.  Such unforeseen events change everything not simply due to their magnitude but also due to our lack of preparedness for the unexpected.

Anti-fragility is the antidote for black swan events.  Some of those boys who stormed the Normandy beaches and lived to tell about it certainly embody this notion as do our grandparents who learned to stretch ten cents during the Great Depression.

Having had the good fortune of a deep relationship with my grandmother, I understand that “life goes on” as she would say and those who stand frozen in fear are the ones who turn black swan events into tragedies.  Here, our children are still moving through high school, still moving towards college, and still, inevitably, heading into adulthood.

Career Counseling Connecticut has been planning vigorously with some of our clients.  In addition to providing distinct practical benefits in the form of creating a career vision, a career plan to enact the vision, a career strategy to make the plan a reality and training in career tactics such as interviewing, cover letter and e-mail inquiry creation, and resume editing, we also realize that we are providing psychological benefits.

Our career counseling clients who are taking action feel empowered. They are starting to feel anti-fragile.