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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


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.


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.

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By Mohammad M

Jun 21, 2021

There's so much priceless guidance throughout this course by Professor Richard Shell and I'd like to express my gratitude to him for bringing his wonderful lifetime experience to me. Regardless of what you do, do not hesitate to explore this journey because it could literally change your perspective on life in a meaningful way forever.

By Avik C

Apr 11, 2021

This course has very good impact on me , the insights by Dr. Richard has been excellent. The dimensions that has been covered for describing Success has made a paradigm shift in my case. Happiness as part of success has been an wonderful revelation for me, which was never been seen like that. Overall this course is very innovative.

By Mr. A K

Sep 13, 2020

I felt glad to become a part of this “Success” course offered by university of Pennsylvania. I really thankful to Richard Shell for enlighten me about Success and give me a new way to getting success in my career. I will use this course knowledge for me as well as that person’s who want to achieve success in own life.

By Jaspinder S

Apr 4, 2020

The content of this course can be used to give lecture on Success.It seems it has limited content but when we complete the course we actually get indepth knowledge. Assignements are awesome .This course helps you to change your outlook about success and gives you an opportunity to write your personal success theory.

By Alex G B

May 26, 2020

By far the most engaging, well-delivered course I've taken on Coursera (I've done approximately 20+ courses). Being a former University professor myself, Prof Shell really takes up a lot of the topics and approaches that made me a double award-winning instructor at one of the world's most prestigious universities!

By Mike S

May 28, 2022

The course was delivered in an organized way.

The instructor was personalble and knowledable.

The material was for me, very instructive and thought evoking.

I will follow the final advice and develop a success plan. I've documented achievements, but I've never documented forward thinking ideas.

Thank you!

By Michael T

Mar 26, 2017

Well thought out and designed. Great opportunity for those who have full personal and professional lives already, but who are looking for a structured way to self-reflect. Very manageable time commitment. There is as much to get out of the course as you want and as little to get out it as you decide.

By Nada E D

Nov 3, 2020

Great Course. I reccommend it with both hands. It flowes easily, gives introspection and makes you dig into your core to challenge your believes and values. The course is made for peope who would like to find what direction to take. The personal example given by Prof. Richard Shell is invaluable !

By Minnie M

Jan 21, 2020

Professor Shell presented a very insightful presentation on how success can be achieved. The exercise of stories was thought-provoking. Professor Shell provided a clear perception of how success can be implemented both at a personal and professional level. Enjoyed the course thoroughly. Thank you.

By Suhaimi C

Jul 24, 2021

Awesome course. Great view of success from different perspective. It really did open my mind and confirmed the path of life that I would like to take. Thank you for teaching and sharing this insight on success. Highly recommend taking this course to get you to find the right path of your success.

By Srividya A

Apr 24, 2017

It is a fantastic course that boosts your motivation levels and makes you focus on what you want to achieve in life with a focussed approach. Dr Richard Shell's approach to the topic is phenomenal. I would highly recommend it, especially people stuck in cross roads, taken a break or a sabbatical.


Mar 27, 2023

I am very grateful for the Corsera platform, frankly benefiting from this very wonderful course. My concept of the word success has changed and this course has added me many skills and cognitive concepts. Thank you Corsera explicitly my unspeakable joy. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

By Cathy B

Jun 22, 2020

I am thankful to whatever force brought me to this course. It brought me to reflecting and appreciating my diamonds. I have long known that I am an overthinker and avid planner and lame action person. This course gave me a "push" to getting to do the things I am happy about and good at.

By nuzhat h

Jun 7, 2020

This is my first course that I have completed in coursera.I had some good times while doing this course.It helped me to think about my ultimate success in life more deeply. The exercises helped to practice my thinking and writing skills . I would also like to thank my instructor too.

By Chuprakova

Mar 29, 2020

This course was really helpful in understanding what I want from my life and myself, what is MY future and what steps should I take to follow it! I'm completely impressed and want to thank the professor who used many examples to make this course as a conversation between old friends.

By Reem

Jun 17, 2017

It is a GREAT course , that I intend to recommend to everyone I know ,, I cannot thank Dr.Shell Enough for this amazing course , for the way he has delivered it to us , not to mention the whole team of Coursear who worked on it too . Thank you , It is just what I needed .and MORE

By Luca B

Apr 28, 2020

The course is well built, and gives a lot of insights: lessons are clear, and exercises on point. A great thank you to the teacher for building a course that looks at success from different points of view and can really give tools for enhancing one's life for the better.

By Patricia

Feb 26, 2021

I strongly recommend this course for those how to want to improve the interpersonal skills. I have gained values that I will carry with me for life. Richard is great and very passionate about helping people. His personal experience and examples make the training richer.

By Bernard D V

Jan 16, 2018

In this course, you will try to define success through different axis (personal achievement, happiness, family,...).

You will also have to work on yourself deeper than usually.

It's a great course ! It's complete and graded assignement of your peers is quite enlightening

By Allyse C

Jan 23, 2017

Fantastic course! The professor shared some interesting personal stories and explained things clearly with helpful examples. The course altered my perspective of success and gave me a better sense of how to live a more fulfilling life based on my personal values.

By Ilya I

Sep 26, 2018

One of the best courses I had in Coursera. This course did a great job explaining what success means in general (what are the keys components) and how you can define personally for yourself what is a true success for you. I appreciate this specialization a lot.

By Andrei V

Jan 30, 2021

At first glance few things feel more subjective than what success is. However this course will provide you with valuable insights and useful exercises which will help you to get a clearer idea of what is worth your efforts. I definitely recommend to take it.

By Ho L L

Sep 2, 2020

This course is fantastic! I would say this course is a kind of soul searching course which let you to have a more clear understanding for yourself. It let me rethink my own definition of success and reconsider what is the following path I should take.

By Mercy O

Mar 6, 2021

The course is very helpful. It makes you think of success in different dimension. The prof. is very clear in his lectures and understanding him is easy. i appreciate the chance i got to do the course and it will help me give back to the community.

By Christiana

Apr 21, 2023

I liked everything except the slippery user interface, which is a Coursera thing. I learned a lot about myself - past, present, future - and how my friends think of me. Thank you for providing a worthwhile opportunity for reflection and growth.