Can You Learn to Be Lucky?
"I don't know when I've been so wowed by a new author" -Chip Health, co-author of The Power of Moments and Switch A talented journalist reveals the hidden patterns behind what we call "luck" -- and shows us how we can all improve outcomes despite life's inevitable randomness."Do you believe in luck?" is a polarizing question, one you might ask on a first date. Some of us believe that we make our own luck. Others see inequality everywhere and think that everyone's fate is at the whim of the cosmos. Karla Starr has a third answer: unlucky, "random" outcomes have predictable effects on our behavior that often make us act in self-defeating ways without even realizing it.In this groundbreaking book, Starr traces wealth, health, and happiness back to subconscious neurological processes, blind cultural assumptions, and tiny details you're in the habit of overlooking. Each chapter reveals how we can cultivate personal strengths to overcome life's unlucky patterns. For instance:- Everyone has free access to that magic productivity app--motivation. The problem? It isn't evenly distributed. What lucky accidents of history explain patterns behind why certain groups of people are more motivated in some situations than others?- If you look like an underperforming employee, your resume can't override the gut-level assumptions that a potential boss will make from your LinkedIn photo. How can we make sure that someone's first impression is favorable?- Just as people use irrelevant traits to make assumptions about your intelligence, kindness, and trustworthiness, we also make inaccurate snap judgments. How do these judgments affect our interactions, and what should we assume about others to maximize our odds of having lucky encounters?We don't always realize when the world's invisible biases work to our advantage or recognize how much of a role we play in our own lack of luck. By ending the guessing game about how luck works, Starr allows you to improve your fortunes while expending minimal effort.

Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Details

TitleCan You Learn to Be Lucky?
Author
ReleaseAug 14th, 2018
PublisherPortfolio
ISBN-139781591846864
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Personal Development

Can You Learn to Be Lucky? Review

  • Christine
    January 1, 1970
    3.5
  • Delia Turner
    January 1, 1970
    A well-researched and readable motivational book which, though it repeatedly acknowledges the role of privilege and happenstance in finding success, makes some suggestions for improving the odds--that is, how you can go about counteracting the influence of bad luck and adopting the positive (if unearned) attitude of the privileged. Ultimately, it's a "power of positive thinking" approach with some good general suggestions, but it has a heck of a good bibliography.
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  • Nessy Dimitrova
    January 1, 1970
    I read this book thanks to Blinkist.This book contains advice I’ve already read before, as well as some very interesting new bits. It gave me a new perspective about old truths.The key message in these blinks:Life often feels random, as though luck is what separates the best from the rest. And it’s true that many events are outside of our control. But when we start to understand how our brains work, and how invisible biases and patterns influence our behavior, we can learn how to be luckier. So I read this book thanks to Blinkist.This book contains advice I’ve already read before, as well as some very interesting new bits. It gave me a new perspective about old truths.The key message in these blinks:Life often feels random, as though luck is what separates the best from the rest. And it’s true that many events are outside of our control. But when we start to understand how our brains work, and how invisible biases and patterns influence our behavior, we can learn how to be luckier. So do your best to position yourself for luck. Expand your social network, stay curious and say yes to new opportunities.Actionable advice:Maximize your lucky opportunities by regularly trying new things. Try out and learn different activities as much as possible. Learn computer programming, study French or try out a new sport. Maybe you’ll stumble upon a world-class talent you never knew you had, or meet your next business partner in class. At worst, you’ll get a better idea of what you truly enjoy doing!Suggested further reading: How Luck Happens by Janice Kaplan and Barnaby MarshHow Luck Happens (2018) debunks the myth that luck is something we have zero control over, revealing that we certainly can influence the level of luckiness in our lives. Packed with examples and practical advice, this book shows how luck can be improved in the workplace as well as the dating scene.
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  • Mark Manderson
    January 1, 1970
    Sociability is a predictor of opportunity. Proximity is a predictor of acquaintanceship. Appearing last could help your chances of being lucky.Humans like familiar things, so looking the part and being in the right place will increase your luck.Humans are predisposed to favor attractive people, meaning beautiful people get lots of luck.Confidence creates opportunities for lucky breaks. Students who wrote for 15 minutes about one of their strengths – independence, say, or creativity – went on to Sociability is a predictor of opportunity. Proximity is a predictor of acquaintanceship. Appearing last could help your chances of being lucky.Humans like familiar things, so looking the part and being in the right place will increase your luck.Humans are predisposed to favor attractive people, meaning beautiful people get lots of luck.Confidence creates opportunities for lucky breaks. Students who wrote for 15 minutes about one of their strengths – independence, say, or creativity – went on to perform better. Be capable of looking at a loss and criticism as a learning experience time and time again, relentlessly focusing on improvement and exercising unyielding self-control.Self-control is an essential component to success.Connecting with other people will help generate new opportunities.Staying curious about new things will increase your chances of finding luck.Maximize your lucky opportunities by regularly trying new things.  
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    This is just such a great read. Informative, motivating, humorous and soooooo helpful. I can kind of relate to being in such a funk, just laying on the couch and binging on netflix, and struggling to get my shit together. But in each chapter Starr gives concise, well researched and even science based neuro stuff, which helps you understand the why. At the end of each chapter there are bullet points, which I think I will paste on my refrigerator!! I definitely recommend this book, it could possib This is just such a great read. Informative, motivating, humorous and soooooo helpful. I can kind of relate to being in such a funk, just laying on the couch and binging on netflix, and struggling to get my shit together. But in each chapter Starr gives concise, well researched and even science based neuro stuff, which helps you understand the why. At the end of each chapter there are bullet points, which I think I will paste on my refrigerator!! I definitely recommend this book, it could possibly motivate you to get off that couch and live your best life!
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  • Brandon Girard
    January 1, 1970
    I really thought this book would be different, but all of really does is point out how lucky you are to be born attractive and into money. Every chapter just seemed to out line that if you are born into money, you're doing better than most. If you are working class and of average appearance, try the things that come naturally to the pedigree of the rich and beautiful.
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  • Davide
    January 1, 1970
    No. You cannot learn to be lucky.If you don’t have genes, resources and location, no matter how much hard you’ll work, you won’t achieve that. At least according to this book.But the good news is that you can maximize your lucky opportunities with curiosity to learn/try new things, self-control and networking.
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  • Mir Hussain
    January 1, 1970
    Very well researched book with reliance on research done in neuroscience. The book has quick recap at the end of each chapter. For people interested in detailed reading on topics there are copious notes with references to original work. In fact a quarter of the book is with notes and references showing the level of research done by author
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  • Richard
    January 1, 1970
    rubbish.
  • Steven Hill
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of studies, including some super interesting ones e.g. the scare one. Not the most flowing read or clear actionable takeaways
  • Gina
    January 1, 1970
    A so-so book that basically equates what's seen as luck to privilege.
  • Stevo Brock
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a Best of the Best for the month of November 2018, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet. http://forums.delphiforums.com/stevo1...
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