Friday, February 15, 2013

Nassim Taleb on innovation

“How do you innovate? First, try to get in trouble. I mean serious, but not terminal, trouble. I hold—it is beyond speculation, rather a conviction—that innovation and sophistication spark from initial situations of necessity, in ways that go far beyond the satisfaction of such necessity (from the unintended side effects of, say, an initial invention or attempt at invention)….The excess energy released from overreaction to setbacks is what innovates!” –Nassim Taleb, Antifragile