Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst whose work focuses on problems of risk, randomness, probability, and uncertainty. He has written a few widely discussed books including The Black Swan and Anti-fragile.
Mr Taleb also teaches at several universities. He has been a practitioner of mathematical finance, a hedge fund manager, and a derivatives trader.
Known for his wit and mock statements, Nassim Taleb announced his New Year Resolutions for 2015:
- Call someone who has no friends, just to say hello, letting the person know that you do not need him/her. Have coffee with lonely people twice every month.
- Do not read more than one new book every week- if needed re-read (and read no book you wouldn’t re-read). Do not write more than two hours a day. Walk two hours a day regardless of the weather. Do not go to the gym more than 5 times in any given month and/or do not spend more than 30 minutes per visit.
- Fast one day a week on average. Eat meat only on festivals, but then splurge.
- Respect the janitor more than the chairman and respect those who respect the janitor more than the chairman.
- Do not read the latest breakthrough experiment in psychology about, say, the effect of taking cold showers on grammatical ability. Better even read nothing about ?these? experiments.
- Read no book written by, or co-authored with, a journalist.
- Pick a lobbyist (preferably Monsanto/GMO) or some economist harmful to the collective and make life miserable for him, especially if the reaction entails some personal and reputational risks for you.
- Give to someone who needs money but doesn’t ask for it while finding an excuse to preserve his/her dignity.
- Use courage and wisdom, not labour, to make money
- In the end realize that you are only as valuable as the risks you are taking for the sake of the collective.
Some of them are indeed tongue-in-chick entries, but some others are quire profound. You are welcome to share with us your thoughts on them.