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The Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know

University of Michigan via Coursera

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  • Duration 7 weeks long
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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.

Syllabus

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!


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.


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.


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.


The Power of Relationships
-In this module, you’ll learn about the power of developing mutually supportive relationships in predicting success and well-being in life. You’ll learn what social capital is, why it is a competitive advantage, and how it contributes to your success, as well as to the success of organizations and societies. You’ll learn to avoid several myths associated with relationship building, as well as four skills that are essential to developing relationships and social capital: developing self-awareness, creating your brand, being an energizer, and building your network of relationships. You’ll also have an opportunity to think about your brand, as well as map out and assess the effectiveness of your own network based on four criteria: size, structure, diversity, and strength of relationships.


The Power of a Plan: Creating Your Action Plan
-By the time you reach this module, you will know more than most people know about what predicts success in life. You will now have the opportunity to turn what you know into actions that will help you achieve your life goals. You will develop an action plan that will have three parts: The heart (identifying what is most important to you in life), head (identifying the one area that you will work on in the short-term to move you toward achieving your goals), and hands (creating the steps you will take in the short-term to make progress in that specific area). You’ll learn about the power of small wins in achieving your life goals, as well as the importance of resilience and self-compassion when faced with setbacks.


Your Personalized Action Plan
-Once you have watched all the videos, successfully completed the four quizzes, and created your personalized action plan, you will have successfully completed the course! You can use the Personalized Action Plan Template (found in the submissions area of the assignment) to create your action plan. Your action plan will be reviewed and graded by another course participant. If needed, you can resubmit your action plan until you achieve a passing grade. Of course, you should continue to refine your action plan throughout the different stages of your life. I wish you the very best on your journey to the life you desire and deserve.

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Paula Caproni

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Ronny W
5.0 a year ago
by Ronny completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is another course that deserves a place in the Class Central top50 all time. It has the potential of changing your life for the better.

The course not only gives you scientific insights on what are the main characteristics of successful people, it also guides you through the process of becoming more successful yourself.

From believing (growth mindset & positive core self-evaluations), it goes to becoming an expert, self-motivation, relationships and social capital, towards creating your personalized action plan to become more successful. The final exercise is peer-reviewed so you can also learn from ideas and approaches from other students.

By participating actively and defining your personal actions this course is an enabler for all your future ambitious goals.
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Muhammad K
5.0 2 years ago
by Muhammad completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The Science of Success is a well-rounded course. In many ways, it is similar to the popular MOOC "Learning How to Learn". It is short, interesting, and comprehensive.

The course consists of lectures that cover the keys to success that have emerged through a comprehensive review of successful people.

Students are introduced to concepts like importance of a positive mindset, significance of perseverance and what separates experts from non-experts among other topics.The best thing about the course is that it guides you on developing an ACTION PLAN for identifying and achieving goals that matter to you.

I have benefitted highly from taking this course and I would recommend it to everyone.
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Rupa L
5.0 2 years ago
by Rupa completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Taking The Science of Success course felt like a stepping stone. My takeaway from this course is that no matter where I am in life, I want to be an energizer and help spread positive energy. The journey can be difficult, it is going to be more meaningful if I can help spread positive energy on my way.
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Mario S
5.0 2 years ago
by Mario completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Excellent course. I totally enjoyed it. Perfect explanations, lots of examples and case studies. Learned a new, practical thing about the mindset of successful people, and how to apply it in my own life, with each lesson. Can't recommend it enough.
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Carmen C
4.0 a year ago
Carmen completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Eqsy course that goes through all the mayor research in what predicts success, with a project to improve your life at the end.

I wish it would have been more in depth and there had been more activities but it was fine as it was.
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Golden M
5.0 2 years ago
by Golden is taking this course right now, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course can help everyone know what success truly means and all the necessary keys to reach it and make a self development in life.
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Sylvia A
5.0 2 years ago
by Sylvia completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
It's a very inspiring course in which we learn advices and elements who leads to success in life, work and carreer.
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Kohei I
4.0 3 months ago
by Kohei completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
"The Science of Success" was a very good course to understand the common trait of successful people.

Among the four major categories, I found the section on "The Power of Relationship," especially on personal branding, very interesting. Whether you like it or not, people will see you as a brand, just like we see corporate brands. So, we need to be responsible for our own brand to survive.

You will also have an opportunity to create your own action plan to achieve your goal and to review other participants' plans. In fact, reviewing classmates' work was an interesting…
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very engaging course, the material is enriching and inspiring.

Taught me a lot of things, would recommend to anyone wanting to broaden his soft-skills and hear about data-driven insights about Leadership, Success.

Thanks a lot Paula !
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Ajinkya K
4.0 4 months ago
Ajinkya completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Good collection of important points required for Success. Things like mindset, networking, deliberate practice etc.. A good course with a few actionable insights one can immediatly start using.
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Stephen V
5.0 9 months ago
by Stephen completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very good class with excellent information for self improvement. The professor is well versed in this subject matter. The pace of the class is manageable with informative videos and readings.
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Jo J
5.0 2 years ago
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