The definition of ‘anti-fragility’ according to famed author and academic Nassim Nicholas Taleb:

“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure , risk, and uncertainty. Yet, in spite of the ubiquity of the phenomenon, there is no word for the exact opposite of fragile. Let us call it anti-fragile. Anti-fragility is beyond resilience or robustness. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the anti-fragile gets better.”

How can we make ourselves, our teams and our organisations Anti-fragile? We believe that you need to combine both resilience and grit. The catch is that, arguably, resilience and grit are actually opposite skills. It is hard for one person, team or organisation to master both, but if and when you combine the two, you have Anti-fragility.

Below is our take on the difference between resilience and grit. 

A recap of the Anti-fragility concept and why it is very, very difficult to master Anti-fragility


There is a science to resilience. There is a science to grit.

We believe the Art of Anti-fragility is in balancing both.