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

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Learner rating9.6
Content rating9.8
  • Course platform: Coursera
  • Offered by: University of Michigan
  • Level: Beginner
  • Price: FREE
  • Class length: Approx. 11 hours

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The science of success is an 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.

Skills you will gain

  1. Personal Branding
  2. Planning
  3. Social Capital
  4. Self-Motivation

Syllabus for the Science of Success course

Week 1

Introduction to the Science of Success: What Researchers Know that You Should Know (3 hours to complete)

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!

Week 2

The Power of Beliefs (1 hour to complete)

In this module of the science of success course, 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.

Week 3

The Power of Expertise (1 hour to complete)

In this module, you’ll learn about the importance of having 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.

Week 4

The Power of Self-Motivation (2 hours to complete)

In this module of the science of success course, 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 in this course on the science of success 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.

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  • Very insightful course
  • Well-structured
  • Excellent video & audio materials
  • Personal anecdotes and expert research
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  • For some it seems to be basic level course

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

Course Platform Coursera
Level Beginner
Class length <1 week
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Enrollment Free Course (with certificate)
Course Subjects Personal development
Offered by University University of Michigan

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