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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 Jon G

Oct 15, 2023

Key takeaway in this course: You are the one who will define what success means to you, and to develop a plan for achieving it. Thank you Professor Shell for sharing your wisdom!

By Chdp

Jan 11, 2017

So helpful and interesting. Thank you so much Richard for sharing knowledge, personal and professional experience and wisdom! I feel very happy, energized, inspired, connected.

By Fernanda F

Sep 10, 2020

I really enjoyed this course and got a lot out of it personally. It helped me to rethink what personal success is and sparked good conversations with my husband. Thank you!

By Rebecca S

Jan 27, 2021

I really enjoyed how the professor pushed us to really look inside ourselves to define what success means. I am definitely more aware of what I want to do with my future.

By Tevin

Nov 15, 2018

Thank you very very very much for sharing all these ideas and inspiration to us.

All the people struggle their lives hard for meaning. And I hope I can also create my own.

By Kristine B

Apr 19, 2020

This course reminded me what is really important. It helped me determine what success means to me and how I can achieve it. One of the best courses I have ever taken.

By Agnese B

Jun 13, 2018

Professor Shell is a great, inspiring and thoughtful person. The subject has been discussed very deeply and comprehensively. Definitely recommended to other learners.

By Lara B

Oct 20, 2023

Thoroughly enjoyed examining the concept of success. This course motivated me to define what success means to me and to identify actions I can take to achieve it.

By Mandhir S

Mar 22, 2021

Very nice course. Good for people to understand why to do the things they do, and why they may want to analyze or understand if they need to change what they do.

By Wisam R

Nov 25, 2019

This course is an eye opener. I really love how it is structured and the questions that have been rised up that make you thinking.

Many thx Prof. Shell.



By Md J B

Jun 18, 2020

The most important and interesting part of this course is the six lives experience, which motivates different ways from the various life experiences and styles.

By Scott C

Aug 8, 2018

I found this class very insightful in my effort to develop the next steps in my career. The exercises were productive and the lectures were thought provoking.

By Kawtar C K

Jun 25, 2018

Great Course, great teacher and a lot of good exercises that really push you to reflect on what success is truly about. I finished this course with a plan.

By Sara S

Mar 20, 2017

Great class! Professor has really interesting life experiences, stories, and activities to help you reflect on your own life and journey towards success.

By Sreela M

Jul 17, 2019

It really helped me to recognise the different components of success and practically apply to my life. Help me create a vision that I could work towards

By Dimitria D

Dec 28, 2017

I am in the middle of it and it has already helped me so much! Thank you very much for offering courses like these to people from all over the world!

By Gloria B

Oct 4, 2020

I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It gave me a lot new ways to reflect on my own definition of success and reassess my life and future. Thank you!

By Sailendhran P

Aug 14, 2020

Great course that helps understand your meaning of success and how to plan and achieve it. Recommended for anyone having doubts what success means

By Mohamed R

Oct 24, 2019

I really love this course. i learned a lot about meaningful success and work and i will keep what i learned in this course on my way..

thanks a lot

By Raquel F

Mar 30, 2020

Really glad that i've made this course. It was really important for me to learn something that got me interesting. Thank you Prof.Richard Shells.

By 王若寒

Dec 26, 2016

This is a valuable course. Everybody, successful, unsuccessful, in the pursuit of success, should pause and rethink about what success truly is.

By Regina J C G

Sep 22, 2016

The perspective of balance of this course is absolutely how I do see success. Is greatly explained and motivates the student in a very good way.

By James K

Jun 4, 2022

A really good course for self discovery and reflection. I found the exercises very useful in gaining focus in both work and my life in general

By Karen S M

Oct 30, 2020

For me at age 61 & recently laid off, this was a very insightful course. I believe it is one that any one at any age would benefit from taking.

By Feda M

Nov 26, 2023

It has been a phenomenal learning journey in this course, teaching me how to define my own success in my life. Has my highest recommendation.