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The Starr Report: Other People Are More Important Than You Think

Omg. My mom was right. Actually, she’s sort of a loner, so not quite. However! On this week’s episode of The Starr Report, truth nuggets about why other people are important that are *so* large, even the most diehard survivalist will have to reconsider a few things.

The Starr Report: Have No Fear, Your Psychological Immune System is Here

2018 was the most stressful year of my life. Invasive surgery, multiple deaths in the family, making a big hiring mistake, dealing with another family member’s mental health issues—when I was supposed to be focused on promoting the book that I’d spent years working on, I was dealing with all of these, instead. This timing, I believe, can be called bad luck.

After I returned from the last funeral, I started taking my own advice: staying positive, prioritizing my health, throwing out clutter in my apartment and schedule. I realized that I was still too inwardly focused—ruminating about the past, comparing myself to others—instead of directing my attention outwards, where it’s most useful: my actions and thinking about how to help others.

Every year, I celebrate January 31st, my Anniversary of Not Dying (when I almost died in a car accident); to recover from 2018, I was planning on making the 16th Anniversary of Not Dying a special one. (My car accident is now old enough to drive!) However, as the result of digging deep into my own advice, I completely forgot about it. I was happily caught up in the moment.

What happened? This:

 

The Starr Report: Be a Master, Not a Performer

They say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert – but not just any ol’ hours will do. The more efficient way to learn is deliberate practice, which involves looking at our mistakes, head on. Here’s how we can develop a better relationship with errors:

Ready to get lucky?

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.

Andrew Solomon

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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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