The more one does, the more one can do.
Can You Learn to Be Lucky? was just named one of Fast Company‘s Best Business Books of 2018!
Here’s a secret: even though it’s published by Portfolio, Penguin’s business imprint, I don’t really think of it as a business book. Most of the information pertaining specifically to organizations was cut from the final draft. The book is about social decision-making and how to be chosen by others, how random these decisions or factors influencing outcomes can be, and how to thrive despite this inherent randomness.
In hindsight, I wish I would have dedicated more pages to the importance of diversification. In every aspect of life that contains inherent uncertainties, the more baskets you can put your eggs in, the better: investing, work projects/companies, income/having clients, building relationships, mastering skills. Anything that is singular is fragile.
The process of publishing the book itself also taught me a lot about luck and randomness. I’ll be putting all of these lessons to use when the paperback comes out.
A promise to make a new video each week proves to be no match for a family tragedy. One of the keys to getting lucky is to keep bad luck as far away as possible. Here, I share what I learned—which would make my grandpa proud.
What do you need to back up in 2019? Hint: as much as possible!
What’s my two step process for surviving parties as an introvert? It’s the same two steps that will help you get lucky in any social situation.
Find out on this week’s episode of The Starr Report.
I’m very happy to report that video #1 of The Starr Report is officially here! Every week, I’ll be uploading a new video. If you like it, subscribe and spread the word!
In the first episode, I reveal the one simple trick to writing a book and starting a video series.
The way we evaluate things is like a balancing scale: when we have no opinion about something, it’s empty. But once we start gathering positive and negative information, we start adding to the sides. If we’ve collected more positive information, eventually it starts leaning to one side:
If we hear a few negative comments about a brand, for example, it becomes easier to process negative information about that brand. Our brain is a lazy prediction-machine, and it gravitates towards information that confirms our hunches. It’s easy to back up our biases and hunches. Not only is it surprisingly difficult to change our mind, but it’s hard just to learn information that goes against our beliefs.