Study Your Antithesis

Recently I’ve became focused by my weaknesses and by my will to improve them. I’ve always been wary of becoming a one-trick pony [one that is skilled in only one area]. When I was in high school, I noticed that often my classmates who were talented in science were not talented in arts and vice-versa. Myself, I was naturally more skilled in science than in arts but I was also mesmerized by art. So, I took lessons and read countless books on learning how to draw (the one that revolutionized my conception of drawing was: Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards).

I have nothing against becoming a master in your field. I think that’s probably one of the noblest goals one can have. But I also think that in studying our antithesis, our weaknesses, beyond simply becoming a jack of all trades, is fundamental in order to think fluidly and from different perspectives. Mixing finance and philosophy together for instance, helped create ideas such as Antifragility from Nassim Taleb, a veteran options trader.

Beginning of this year, I took a self-help coaching from somebody who I knew was good in its field, but also whose methods which involve for instance trauma healing I wasn’t particularly fond of. However, after the coaching I realized that this was precisely what I needed at that particular time of my life. Sometimes going against your intuition and towards your antithesis is exactly what you need.

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