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This is what the New York Times bestselling author of "The Black Swan," Nassim Nicholas Taleb, averts us from in his newly released book "Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life". The book shows us how to perceive life with a precautious eye helping us to better understand the world, spot imbalances, succeed in life, influence others and contribute to equality, by applying the symmetry of skin in the game in every aspect of our daily life.So what is skin in the game? To have "skin in the game" is thus to have incurred risk (monetary or other) by being involved in achieving a goal or being affected by the consequences.To be clearer, when you and your family are threatened of being killed, being doomed with poverty, being not able to get the basic needs to live and sometimes to survive, then you cannot truly understand what are the needs of those people whose skins are in the game.Third, the makers of development agendas, priorities and goals, are insured against all risks and I guess this is, according to the concept of "skin of the game," what blinds them from rational balanced calculation of risks and thus impedes every achievement to be sustainable or reachable.
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