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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Success by University of Pennsylvania

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About the Course

Do you want to be more successful? This course was designed to help you define what success means to you, and to develop a plan for achieving it. Wharton Professor G. Richard Shell, an award-winning author and the creator of the popular Wharton School course on the meaning of success, created this course to help you answer the questions that arise when you consider how best to use your life. Drawing on his decades of research and mentoring, Shell offers personalized assessments to help you probe your past, imagine your future, and measure your strengths. He then combines these with the latest scientific insights on everything from self-confidence and happiness to relationships and careers. Throughout, he shares inspiring examples of people who found what they were meant to do by embracing their own true measure of success. Get ready for the journey of a lifetime—one that will help you reevaluate your future and envision success on your own terms. Students and executives say that Richard Shell’s courses and executive training programs have changed their lives. Let this course change yours....

Top reviews


Jun 8, 2020

Excellent course gives you the tools and ideas to think deeply about how you define success and set you on a solid path to achieving your greatest professional and personal success possible.


Apr 13, 2023

This course was fantastic! I highly recommended this to everyone. I felt that I have grown due to this course, and I wish it had been required in either my undergraduate or graduate schools.

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By Anu

Aug 16, 2019

Thank you Richard Sir for such a lovely course and for teaching us some of the best life lessons. This will definitely provide more meaning and purpose to my life. Thanks a lot! :)

By Gary S

Apr 28, 2020

Interesting but a little too squishy and personal for my taste. It leads to some helpful introspection but not anything I can directly apply to my career and life.

By Paula S

Aug 11, 2022

This course was very interesting and contained valuable material. The professor was a little difficult to understand at times, as he slurred his words.

By Patty M

Jul 19, 2020

It was a helpful course; would be even better if we received direct contact from Professor Shell, but the content I learned was valuable.

By Jaime E Z

Dec 30, 2019

Me gusto mucho el curso, me hubiera gustado que sea un poco mas practico y no tanto teórico, pero en general creo que es un gran curso.


Dec 12, 2020

This was a very good course for understanding yourself and how to maintain success. From Emerson Overton

By Altangerel E

Feb 11, 2020

I just audited this course. It happens to be a good course on how to have a happy life.

Thank you.

By Jenny L

Mar 27, 2019

This course provides enlightment and basic structures to organize personal thoughts of success.

By Yagnik P

May 13, 2020

I like the way this course is built and want to opt for more courses like this.

By Angela M

Apr 13, 2019

The course was very thought provoking and very well presented. Thank you

By Maryamiest

May 20, 2020

Great learning experience! changed my perspective of success!!

By Christian M

Oct 21, 2020

Healthy and valuable.

By Pedro F P

Jul 14, 2021

Excellent content!

By Joann N B

May 3, 2023

I found concentrating challenging after hearing my professor left our country to avoid the Viet Nam War. Especially after knowing his father was a General and he was raised in a military family. I was raised in a military family and feel very close to Republican Patriotism. At least your father could forgive your lack of patriotism when so many proud young brave American names were listed every night on the news of the deaths taken in the Viet Nam War.

By Derek D V

Jun 20, 2017

The course could share a miscellaneous of texts and videos outside the Coursera community

By ediwin z

Jan 26, 2021

That's a good course but some videos are not enough clear.

By Rodrigo B d S

Jun 11, 2017

Interesting, but not deep enough, maybe.

By Saad Z S

Jul 12, 2020

Lovely course.

By Santosh S

Apr 19, 2017

Ok course.

When I am taking a course from Wharton school, and from adult learning perspective, more is expected than simply small lectures and few activities. Some areas that I see this may be improved...

1) Latest evidence based support (few articles/papers) on achievement and satisfaction (Success both parameters). This is widely discussed field as subjective and objective career success.

2) In addition to SAME - better instruments/scale those are easily available online.

3) Some better links to career related articles from Harvard/California management review or organization dynamics on the topics covered.

By Pelit M

Sep 27, 2021

Some interesting points for thought, but there is also a lot of stating the obvious (like the trade-off between chasing success versus feeling content with what you have). If you have already set reasonable goals (such as "getting a promotion at work") this course won't help you make a realistic plan of achieving it.

By Jarrod W

Apr 17, 2024

Slow. Drawn out. Ineffecient. Wordy.

By Elena E

Oct 10, 2022