Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hydra Heads and Habits

I suppose that in my excitement to write about new year's I overlooked explaining exactly how the mythological beast, the Hydra dragon, will actually apply concretely to my thinking.

Well, as I mentioned in my last blog post, I'm rather fascinated by this book called Antifragile, which argues that it's better to be antifragile than to be resilient or robust. To contrast them, the author uses the analogy of the mythological Phoenix bird against the Hydra serpent. When the Phoenix bird dies it is reborn from its ashes, but it's no better or worse off; it's the same. When the Hydra monster gets a head cut off it grows two in response; injury makes it stronger.

I'm enthused to think that it's actually possible to set oneself up to be like the Hydra monster psychologically, in a way, so that obstacles at all times are just things to adapt to and grow from, not things that leave you the same or worse off.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

So Passes 2013; Here's 2014, the Year of Hydra

Forgive me in failing to get a timely post out on new year's before the midnight hour, but other interference, well, interfered. Productivity was demanded elsewhere.

Anyhow, how about the occasional personal note plus a view on new year's resolutions?

Well, 2013, I have to admit, was the toughest year of my adult life. I intended it to be the Year of Prime-Moving to signal my really moving forward with putting skills to good (and financial) use, but it turned out to be the Year of Charlie Brown instead!