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Can You Learn to Be Lucky?: Why Some People Seem to Win More Often Than Others

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"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 b
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published August 14th 2018 by Portfolio
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Christine
Oct 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio-book
3.5
Delia Turner
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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.
Nessy Dimitrova
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
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Mark Manderson
Sep 15, 2018 rated it liked it
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
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Sandy
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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