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

What's the best, most adaptive way we can act that accounts for the world's randomness?

How can chance events shape who we become?

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Reviews

“I don't know when I've been so wowed by a new author. Karla Starr explains how "lucky" can be learned using ​credible social science ​and ​captivating stories, ​leavened with keen humor that had me laughing on a plane (apologies to the guy in 6A!).”
—Chip Heath, co-author of The Power of Moments and Switch

Chris Guillebeau

"Karla's charming wisdom offers lessons for improving nearly every aspect of life. If you can’t find a leprechaun, buy this book!"
—Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle and The $100 Startup

Tania Luna

"This book is a triple threat: laden with research, immediately practical, and laugh-out-loud funny. You will feel deliciously frustrated by the hidden injustices of luck lurking in our midst, then revved up to use the simple, life-changing "luck hacks" in every chapter. I gotta say, I feel luckier already."
—Tania Luna, co-author of Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected & partner at LifeLabs Learning

"It’s a time-honored truth that we make ourselves miserable trying to change things beyond our control. But as Karla Starr shows, many of the things we don't bother trying to control – because we assume they’re a matter of luck – are actually subject to our influence. Luckily for you, this insightful and frequently hilarious book is the perfect guide to understanding how."
—Oliver Burkeman, author of The Antidote

Adam Alter

“Can You Learn to be Lucky? is a rollicking journey through the land of luck—an entertaining and insightful tour of stories and science that explores the origins of luck, why some people are luckier than others, and how we can all raise our chances of becoming luckier by design. A wonderful book that manages to be fun, smart, and important all at once.”
—Adam Alter, Associate Professor of Marketing and Psychology at NYU’s Stern School of Business, author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible

Daniel H. Pink

“Luck seems elusive, a force well out of our control. But in this fun and persuasive book, Karla Starr explains how the choices we make shape our fate— and offers smart, science-based advice for making luck break our way.”
—Daniel H. Pink, author of When and Drive

Adam Grant

“A clever, captivating read on how seemingly random events sometimes have predictable patterns behind them. If you believe chance favors the prepared mind, this is the book to prepare your mind.”
—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

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

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