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20/20: 20 Great Lists by 20 Outstanding Business Thinkers by Diana Renner, Steven D’Souza

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8.ANTIFRAGILITY

‘If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew, to do their turn long after you are gone, and so hold on when there is nothing left in you, except the will that says to them HOLD ON."

Author Rudyard Kipling

When Jon White stood on a bomb in Afghanistan, he had no choice about how many limbs he would lose – the bomb chose three. Both legs above the knee and his right arm at the elbow. The one thing Jon did choose in that moment was to “hold on,” hold on to life. When the femoral artery is severed there is literally a three-minute window to stem the flow of blood before death takes place. It took his colleagues two minutes to find him and clear a safe passage to him so that they could perform the life-saving first aid.

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