How to Learn About a New Subject

Almost everything is online, but nothing is organized. If you want to learn about a new topic, I recommend having a good framework in place before you start. Having a sense of how things relate to each other by reading…

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How to get clarity… now!

It’s 2021: the theme for this year? CLARITY.But my personal theme, as always, is RESILIENCE.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Karla Starr (@karlastarr) on Jan 31, 2020 at 1:14pm PST So this year, we’re…

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How to Reverse-Engineer a Book

When I was eight years old, two very important things happened in my career: I was invited to attend my first writing conference; I’ve wanted to be a writer ever since. I won my third-grade science fair for a project…

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How to Avoid Bad Luck: Check Your Gas Tank and Keep It Full

Four years ago, I drove across the country from New York to Portland with my friend in his Prius. After a smooth-sailing, fun-filled week, the car ended up breaking down in the Columbia River Gorge—just an hour and a half…

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Why it’s so hard to change our beliefs

Think about a few things you feel like you know for sure. Things that everyone can agree on. For example: chocolate is good; girls are biologically prone towards liking pink; Smashmouth is awful; it feels natural when, in straight couples,…

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Goodbye, productivity porn. Hello, sustainable practices

It doesn’t occur to us that there’s an efficiency to every aspect of our life, to everything we do. And not only is there an efficiency, but we have control and influence over that efficiency. It’s something we can take…

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When uncertainty is bad for you: Turn off the news

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How to Avoid Making a Bad Decision About Who to Marry

In my late twenties, a lot of my friends started getting engaged. You know the drill: more social media posts than the eye can see. Engagement photos. The whole nine. I didn’t realize how much silent social pressures, and the…

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New book in 2021: Making Numbers Count with Chip Heath

It’s true! I’m writing a book about how to communicate about numbers with one of my favorite writers.

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The secret behind the marshmallow test: the rich kids pass the test

You may have heard about the Dunning Kruger effect. If you don’t know a lot about a topic, it’s easy to overestimate how much you know. The more that you know, the more you realize: things are complicated. As it…

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