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University of Michigan

Brilliant, Passionate You

University of Michigan via Coursera


This course is an interdisciplinary look at how we can make each day the best day of our lives by examining the question, “How can you be your most brilliant, passionate self?” You will be joined on this journey by our animated host, Lewis!

You will envision your “perfect day” and then slowly deconstruct the elements of that day to better understand key elements such as finding your purpose, defining success, mental and physical health, the importance of community, and navigating risks and challenges. In addition, you will hear stories from a diverse array of individuals, including students, doctors, teachers, professional storytellers, professional athletes, coaches, and others sharing their own journeys, communities, and sources of inspiration.

Finally, you will participate in the What’s Your Purpose? Project, utilizing storytelling techniques to share your own purpose and inspire other members of this global learning community to pursue theirs.


  • The Best Day of My Life
    • In this module, you'll envision the best day of your life. This will be the basis for all of the individual elements we examine in the course.
  • What Do You Want to Be Known for on Earth?
    • This module will help you identify your purpose and define personal success.
  • Feeling Your Best Self
    • This module explores the importance of physical and mental health in order to be your best self.
  • Building a Brilliant, Passionate Community
    • In this module, we'll explore the importance of a strong community connection and learn about the GIVE model.
  • Navigating Challenges and Risks When Leading a Passionate Life
    • In Module 5, we'll explore the strategies for developing grit, managing risk, and asking for help.
  • Empowering a Passionate World
    • In this last module, you will learn about reflection and storytelling, and share your own story with other learners in the course!

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