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A Standard Mistake is to do Something to Avoid Criticism

“The great consolation in life is to say precisely what one thinks.”

Nassim Taleb writes:

A standard mistake is to do something to avoid criticism (as opposed to doing something because it is *right*), and, what’s worse, show it. This seems trivial but smart people make the mistake all the time, not realizing the hormetic effect: critics will now have the stimulating challenge to find something else.

If you are ever told “your critics will attack you for this”, you should 1) answer: fuck them, 2) do more of it.

This is a good indicator of freedom. It's also a way to quickly distinguish between friends, enemies, and empty suits.