A couple +1s ago, we talked about the power of buoyancy and the optimal ratio of positive to negative.
Recall that, as per Barbara Fredrickson (the leading researcher on the subject), we want a positive to negative ratio of 3:1. Not 1:1 or 1:2. And… Not 11:1.
She says we want to balance “levity” with “gravity.”
Too much of one or the other and we can fly away into an ungrounded fantasy land or… into a pit of despair.
Levity + Gravity = Buoyancy.
When I first read that, I thought of our chats about being antifragile.
Recall that one of the ways Nassim Taleb tells us we can cultivate our antifragility is to take a “barbell” approach to life. (Check out this +1 for more on that.)
First, imagine a barbell with weights on either side of bar: ( ) ——— ( )
The basic idea is that (in pretty much any aspect of your life) you want to be simultaneously super AGGRESSIVE and super CONSERVATIVE.
Building a business? Awesome. As you swing for the fences make sure you do it without ever risking knocking yourself completely out of the game.
That’s our antifragile barbell: ( Conservative ) ————— ( Aggressive )
Notice that we can stand that barbell up and drop in levity and gravity. Like so:
( Levity )
( Gravity )
That’s our buoyancy barbell.
Do you tend to lean one way or the other?
What’s one little way you can Optimize today?
Here’s to building your buoyancy biceps one rep at a time! 💪