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How to Make Progress When You Don’t Have the Right Tools

My high school principle was in love with this quote, which was either from Theodore Roosevelt or Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.” But things are different when you get older and turn pro: you need the right tools. You need to watch that tutorial video, read that book, ask that person, Read More

Better Questions to Ask Yourself Than “Was I Productive Today?”

Anyone with lots of goals understands how frustrating it is to not feel productive. What was I wasting time on? How can I be more efficient at work? How can I produce more? I wish I would have gotten more done at work. Bills, errands, traffic, chores, and the maintenance of daily life make it easy to feel like we Read More

Why It’s So Easy to Overestimate How Much You Know About a Topic

Based on years and years of writing about science and studying psychology, here is my Grand Unified Theory for Why It’s So Easy to Overestimate Our Knowledge of a Topic. Let’s say you want to learn about psychology/architecture/physiology. First, that’s easy! We’re all lifelong students of behavior/buildings/bodies. So you’re starting here: Then you start reading and filling in that area Read More


The Book

"Do you believe in luck?" is a polarizing question. It is a fact about the world's randomness or just an excuse? Things beyond our control do exist, and unlucky outcomes often unknowingly influence our behavior in self-defeating ways. How can we best act despite the world's randomness?

Matthew Hutson

“Getting lucky is not about luck. It’s about being prepared and having the right attitude. Based on years of research and decades of hard-won experience, Karla Starr reveals how to navigate social judgment, find your own hidden talents, and “kick ass” at life—all with wisdom and humor.”
—Matthew Hutson, author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking



If you’re looking to improve outcomes for yourself or your organization, I can help get you there.




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To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves—there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.

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Can You Learn to be Lucky: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others by Karla Starr

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