Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.
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“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
"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
“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
“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