About Me

I’m Karla Starr. My first book, Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others, was named a Fast Company best book of the year.

Yes, I have an elephant collection in my office.

I’ve written for O, The Atlantic, Slate, Popular Science, and the Guardian. I’ve been on morning TV, CBS Sunday Morning, given keynotes, reviewed Antifragile for the Los Angeles Times, and won an award for the Best Science/Health story from the Society of Professional Journalists.

I wrote book #2, Making Numbers Count: The Art and Science of Communicating Numbers, with Chip Heath, New York Times-bestselling author of Switch and Made to Stick. Simon and Schuster is publishing it on January 11th, 2022.

I’m obsessed with transformation and resilience.

I love using my learning addiction to figure out how to keep going when it seems like the world has other plans. Now, I want to share what I’ve learned, and help others maintain momentum and create lasting change in their lives. I publish things here, and on Medium. The best way to keep track of it all is to get my newsletter on Substack.

When I’m not working, I teaching myself graphic design, reading (here’s a list of my favorites) taking long walks with my dog, Daisy, and binge-watching shows like Succession.

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