About this Course
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This engaging course is designed to help you achieve the success that you desire. Drawing on decades of scientific research, you will learn what the most successful people do differently than others, why IQ is not the most significant predictor of success (and can sometimes backfire), and why many commonly held beliefs hold people back from achieving their goals. Although this course is based on the science of success, you will learn many practical ideas that you can apply to your own life immediately, particularly in three main areas: • Getting better results at work (and school) • Achieving career success (however you define success) • Enjoying a meaningful, happy, and healthy life By the time you finish this course you will know more than most people know about what predicts success in life. One of the most important lessons you’ll learn is that success is earned day-by-day through small wins - small, achievable actions that together can help you achieve your goals sooner and exceed even your own expectations. Therefore, you will have an opportunity to complete a detailed action plan through which you can turn what you learned into specific steps for achieving your most treasured life goals....
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Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week

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Personal BrandingPlanningSocial CapitalSelf-Motivation
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100% online courses

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Flexible deadlines

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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Suggested: 7 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week

Approx. 11 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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3 hours to complete

Introduction to the Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know

This course is designed to help you achieve the success in life that you desire and deserve. This module sets the foundation for the course and introduces you to the course objectives, as well as to four strategies that successful people use to achieve their life goals. In the first video, you’ll learn about the goals of the course and how a scientifically-based approach to success can help you achieve your life goals. In the second video, you’ll have the opportunity to think carefully about what success means to you, particularly in the areas of achieving better and more meaningful results at work, achieving the career success that you desire, and enjoying a happy, healthy life. In the third video, you’ll learn about the most common myths about success that can distract you from achieving your life goals, as well as what researchers have found really predicts success in life. Happy learning! ...
Reading
5 videos (Total 84 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
Welcome and Why I Created this Course10m
What is Success?23m
What Predicts Success? Myths and Realities15m
Interview with Vic Strecher, University of Michigan Professor of Public Health, discussing the importance of finding purpose in life and work. This video complements required video 2 (What is Success?).34m
Reading5 readings
About the Professor10m
How to Earn a Course Certificate10m
Help us learn more about you!10m
Optional Companion Book10m
Optional Reading from Companion Book10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 120m

2

Section
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1 hour to complete

The Power of Beliefs

In this module, you’ll learn how some beliefs can hold you back from achieving your goals, while others – such as having a growth mindset and positive core self-evaluations - can propel you forward toward your goals. You will also learn how having a growth mindset can protect people against the harmful effects of bias and prejudice and why people with positive core self-evaluations tend to earn significantly more money, regardless of their grades in school and family background. By the end of this module, you’ll have specific strategies for creating beliefs that will help you set high goals and succeed in achieving them. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 41 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
How the Growth Mindset Reduces Negative Impacts of Prejudice12m
What Are Positive Core Self-Evaluations and How Can they Help You Succeed and Make More Money, Too14m
Reading1 reading
Chapter 2: The Power of Beliefs10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 220m

3

Section
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1 hour to complete

The Power of Expertise

In this module, you’ll learn about the importance of having an expertise that is meaningful to you and contributes to others. In the first video, you’ll learn about the role that expertise played in Pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s successful emergency landing of a United Airlines flight with 155 people on board into the Hudson River after both engines failed. You’ll learn how Sullenberger developed his expertise and how you can apply these lessons to your own pursuit of expertise. In the second video, you’ll learn about what sets experts apart from non-experts, as well as the essential role that mental representations and chunks play in the development of expertise. You’ll also learn what birds, squirrels, and elite London cab drivers have in common and what this means for you. Hint: It has to do with how the brain develops in experts. In the third video, you’ll learn a step-by-step strategy for engaging in the same type of practice that experts use to develop their expertise. ...
Reading
3 videos (Total 47 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video3 videos
What Separate Experts from Non-Experts?19m
How You Can Become an Expert through Purposeful, Deliberate Practice16m
Reading1 reading
Chapter 3: The Power of Expertise10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 320m

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Section
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1 hour to complete

The Power of Self-Motivation

In this module, you’ll learn about two types of self-motivation that predict success: Conscientiousness and Grit. The first video focuses on conscientiousness – what it is, how it can pay off for you in school and at work, and the benefits conscientiousness has on your health. You’ll also discover researchers have learned about success from a famous series of studies about children, marshmallows, and delayed gratification. The second video focuses on grit – what it is, how it differs from conscientiousness, how it leads to success, what specific techniques you can use to become grittier, and how to avoid some of the downsides to being gritty. You will also have the opportunity to assess your own conscientiousness and grit. ...
Reading
2 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video2 videos
What is Grit, Why Do Gritty People Succeed, and How Can You Develop Your Grit10m
Reading3 readings
Conscientiousness and Grit Assessment10m
Chapter 4: The Power of Self-Motivation10m
Collette and Collettey’s Cookie Business10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 420m
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Top Reviews

By LWMay 7th 2018

I really enjoyed this course. It was full of helpful tips to begin looking at success in a way that we can all find success if we just work on it a little at a time .

By SNAug 28th 2018

This course was excellent. I learned many useful things .\n\nDear professor Paula and the Uni. of Michigan, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. :)

Instructor

Paula Caproni

Lecturer of Management and Organizations
Ross School of Business

About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

Frequently Asked Questions

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