A thought leader’s Hierarchy of Needs

In 1943 Maslow Abraham published an extraordinary paper, A Theory of Human Motivation. I was planning to write that he came up with the following hierarchy of needs model.

But if you read the original paper, you can see that there wasn’t actually a model. Just a list. (As an interesting aside, this points to the power of a model. The impact of seeing the visual is much greater than just having a list, and I always associate Maslow’s work with the visual model, even though it wasn’t his.)

The antifragile career choice

My favourite book last year was Antifragile by Nassim Taleb.

It’s a hard read with lots of big ideas, and definitely worth the effort.

The basic premise of the book is that the opposite of fragile isn’t robust, as we might think, but anti-fragile.

Something fragile will get broken by shock (volatility, randomness, disorder and stressors). Something robust can survive these shocks. And Taleb has coined the phrase antifragile for those things that actually benefit from shocks.