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How To Make Yourself “Anti-Fragile”

There are a wide variety of reasons that a person might feel fragile, and there certainly seems to be more people feeling fragile in the world today than there used to be. In this episode, Dan Sullivan and Shannon Waller discuss what has people feeling fragile and what they can do to be stronger.

Here's some of what you'll learn in this episode:

  • How modern parenting styles are affecting children’s health.
  • Why manure can actually be good for the human body.
  • Why some people have meltdowns while other people can shrug it off.
  • The major ways in which the world has changed since the Second World War.
  • How the educational system makes children fragile.

Show Notes:

If you run into an obstacle, transform it into an advantage.

Someone is referred to as “fragile” usually when their health isn’t strong.

Gut bacteria is as important for forecasting ongoing health and fitness as your genes.

Some fears surrounding dirt and hygiene are psychological and emotional, not physical.

Hospitals are among the most dangerous places you can go.

There’s nothing in science that says that the climate is in danger.

There’s a creeping sense of fragility that starts at the national level and moves down from there.

The reason people criticize the U.S. is because their entire future depends on the country.

Children who go through college aren’t given the psychological strength to deal with unpredictable things.

If you’re feeling confident about your world, the “big” world doesn’t really matter.

Some predictions are just people projecting their feelings onto humanity.

One of the biggest reasons people are fragile is that they’re ignorant.

Episode Transcript:
Shannon Waller: Hi, Shannon Waller here and welcome to Inside Strategic Coach with Dan Sullivan. Dan, you’ve made this comment a couple of times over the last couple of days, and I immediately leaned in and got curious. And you’ve been saying that there’s a great deal of fragility in society right now, and I think that is spot on, but I would really love to know more about your thinking. What exactly do you mean by fragility in society right now?
Dan Sullivan: Well, I think it starts with a fragile person, and there’s many explanations for that. Usually it’s spoken about that their health isn’t very strong, they’re not strong physically, and they’re susceptible to catching things that doesn’t really affect other people. I grew up on a farm in the 1940s and 50s, and there’s a new test in medical science and it measures what’s called your gut bacteria. And these are bacteria that we all have inside of us. And what they’re discovering is that they’re as important for forecasting ongoing healthiness and ongoing fitness as your genes. In other words, that your ability to stay healthy in almost any situation, it has a lot to do with your gut bacteria.
And one of the things they’re discovering is that children who are born today are growing up in antiseptic conditions. It’s like their parents are so worried they’re going to come in contact with dirt. They’re afraid that they’re going to be around other people who aren’t as hygienic as they are. And that would not have been talked about when I was growing up. And they’ve got five or six allergies, they’ve got food allergies, or they’ve got substance allergies. They can’t be around certain smells, they can’t be around certain types of sprays. I’ve been pondering it, and I think some of it is not physical at all; it’s psychological and emotional. But to go back to gut bacteria, when I take tests, I get tested for allergies, so I have blood tests taken and almost nothing shows up for any kind of allergy.