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Achieving Personal Success
Achieving Personal Success

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Course Description

Tom Kelley is the highly respected general manager of IDEO, a firm that helps its clients create innovative products, services and environments. He is also the author of best-selling books on creativity.

In ALISON's free online course about achieving personal success, Kelley starts by explaining how achieving personal success depends on implementing good, healthy mental habits. The course explains how you should treat life as an experiment, how you should be willing to fail and learn from your mistakes. Kelley advises that you should have confidence in what you know well, but realize that you have a lot more to learn and that you must keep yourself learning at all times. You will also learn about using your whole brain and how you should make the most of opportunities to use the right side of the brain.

This course will appeal to all working professionals in businesses and organizations, and students who want to gain greater knowledge and understanding about achieving personal success.

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LEARNING OUTCOMES

After studying this personal success course you will learn:
- Why you should resist the forces that chip away at creative energy and make an effort toward innovation to remain young at heart;
- Why it is ok to be an artist, an innovator and a design thinker;
- Explain why fostering lifelong creativity depends on instituting good, healthy mental habits;
- How it is important to field observations with fresh eyes in order to spot new opportunities;
- Why you should treat life as an experiment, take risks and be prepared for ideas not to work out;
- How you can cultivate an attitude of wisdom and keep learning more at all times;
- Examine a case study in which Best Buy were overly confident in their knowledge of the market and failed to spot Napster;
- Why you should use your whole brain and the importance of using your tortoise mind;
- Why you should follow you passionate career path and do what you love.

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Course Rating (By Learners): 4 stars based on 1030 votes
Course Title: Achieving Personal Success
Course #: 401
Course Publisher: Stanford
Course Category: 6
Content Origin:
Course Description: Tom Kelley is the highly respected general manager of IDEO, a firm that helps its clients create innovative products, services and environments. He is also the author of best-selling books on creativity.

In ALISON's free online course about achieving personal success, Kelley starts by explaining how achieving personal success depends on implementing good, healthy mental habits. The course explains how you should treat life as an experiment, how you should be willing to fail and learn from your mistakes. Kelley advises that you should have confidence in what you know well, but realize that you have a lot more to learn and that you must keep yourself learning at all times. You will also learn about using your whole brain and how you should make the most of opportunities to use the right side of the brain.

This course will appeal to all working professionals in businesses and organizations, and students who want to gain greater knowledge and understanding about achieving personal success.
License: This course is available from Stanford OpenCourseWare through the following Creative Commons licence:
Creative Commons License
Release Date: 05 April 2012
Content  
Course Duration (Avg Learner): 1-2 Hours
Video/Audio: High
Audio Only: None
Animation: None
Assessments: Yes
Education Level
Age appropriateness: 18+ Years
Minimum Grade/Class Level:
Validation: Level 5
ALISON Testing: Yes
Certification Availability
PDF Download: Yes
Parchment: Yes
Framed Certification: Yes

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  • Glenn Strom
    Glenn Strom United States of America A great course.I could use a course outline and will definitely look for more material by this teacher. 2016-07-26 00:07:08
  • Olaleye Immanuel
    Olaleye Immanuel Nigeria I kind of believe that achieving personal success is a culmination of imbibing good habits, positive mental attitudes and personal efforts 2016-07-19 08:07:51
  • Hamza Mohammad
    Hamza Mohammad Egypt This was a great course and a new experiment thank you for such a course 2016-06-24 13:06:56
  • Dele Olajide
    Dele Olajide Nigeria It's really wonderful and truly enlightening. I enjoyed the course and would recommend it to my friends. It is also very practical and I intend to put the points to use right away. Thanks so much Alison. 2016-06-23 17:06:16
  • Mahmood AL-MAYTAH
    Mahmood AL-MAYTAH Jordan Thanks a lot for this useful courses 2016-05-17 08:05:36
  • Suleiman Samaila
    Suleiman Samaila Nigeria MY OPINION ABOUT ACHIEVING PERSONAL SUCCESS To plan for a successful term, first do some self-analysis. Look at your grades from the previous term and review any successes or challenges. Ask yourself questions to help you gauge your success in the previous term and create goals for the new term. Did you earn the grades you wanted? Do you know why you earned these grades? Were you on time, prepared, and attentive in class? How did you study throughout the term? How did you balance your work in different courses? Answering these questions and reflecting on your academic processes can help you evaluate the previous term, learn from it, and improve in the term that follows. Reflection can also help you set concrete goals for your academic success. One habit of successful students is self-reflection. If you want to improve your academic success, one of the best places to start is with reflection about what aspects of your study habits and processes are working for you and which aspects are not working. Think about the times when you were successful. What study patterns, approach, trends did you notice? What were the key characteristics of your success? By paying attention to what made you successful, you may be able to employ the same strategies and actions you used in those successful situations within other areas where you may be struggling. When reflecting, also think back to the difficulties and challenges you have when you were struggling. What are some of the variables that impacted your ability to be successful? Remember to consider your own actions and how they contributed to your outcomes, in addition to how external factors influenced you. Active reflection helps you become more aware of and involved in your own learning and success. Reflection allows you to plan for effective actions and decisions that will contribute to strong academic performance. Experts on the science of success know that the brain is a goal-seeking organism. Whatever goal you give to your subconscious mind, it will work night and day to achieve it. Tips on personal success. • Buy your books. Open them. Look through them. What’s the format? How will you read them? What strategies will you use based upon the course content and assignments? • Organize your time for each class. Some students like to use paper planners. Others prefer to rely on their smartphones or computers. There are many homework and organizational apps that you can purchase for your smartphones or tablets. • Explore Canvas. See what your professors have already posted. Often, professors will post the syllabus on Canvas before the first day of class. At times, professors may even post all materials and assignments for the class prior to the first day of class. • Learn your professors’ names before the first day of class. Find out their office hours and email addresses so you can connect with them throughout the term and seek out help if needed. Plan to communicate and build relationships with professors regardless of if you are struggling in the term. • Read your syllabi. Not all professors go over the course syllabus in class. Read through the expectations and assignments. Note any questions you have and contact the professor for clarification. Look for any opportunities for extra help such as study sessions, GTA office hours, or review sessions. Plan ahead to use available resources. • Introduce yourself to 2-4 people in your class. Exchange contact information. If you miss a class or want to connect with people to study, you'll know a few people who might be interested. However, one goal isn’t good enough. Some goals take longer to achieve than others – and if you spend years working toward only one objective, you’re likely to get discouraged when it doesn’t happen right away. But when you have a long list of goals you’d like to achieve, you have more to strive for, and more opportunities to check those goals off your list. And the rush you feel every time you check one of those goals off the list will inspire you to accomplish even more of them 7 Steps to Achieve Personal Success are as Follows: Step 1: Dream it. Everything begins in the heart and mind. Every great achievement began in the mind of one person. They dared to dream, to believe that it was possible. Take some time to allow yourself to ask “What if?” Think big. Don’t let negative thinking discourage you. You want to be a “dreamer.” Dream of the possibilities for yourself, your family and for others. If you had a dream that you let grow cold, re-ignite the dream! Fan the flames. Life is too short to let it go. Step 2: Believe it. Yes, your dream needs to be big. It needs to be something that is seemingly beyond your capabilities. But it also must be believable. You must be able to say that if certain things take place, if others help, if you work hard enough, though it is a big dream, it can still be done. Good example: A person with no college education can dream that he will build a $50 million-a-year company. That is big, but believable. Bad example: That a 90-year-old woman with arthritis will someday run a marathon in under three hours. It is big all right, but also impossible. She should instead focus on building a $50 million-a-year business! And she better get a move on! Step 3: See it. The great achievers have a habit. They “see” things. They picture themselves walking around their CEO office in their new $25 million corporate headquarters, even while they are sitting on a folding chair in their garage “headquarters.” Great free-throw shooters in the NBA picture the ball going through the basket. PGA golfers picture the ball going straight down the fairway. World-class speakers picture themselves speaking with energy and emotion. All of this grooms the mind to control the body to carry out the dream. Step 4: Tell it. One reason many dreams never go anywhere is because the dreamer keeps it all to himself. It is a quiet dream that only lives inside of his mind. The one who wants to achieve their dream must tell that dream to many people. One reason: As we continually say it, we begin to believe it more and more. If we are talking about it then it must be possible. Another reason: It holds us accountable. When we have told others, it spurs us on to actually doing it so we don’t look foolish. Step 5: Plan it. Every dream must take the form of a plan. The old saying that you “get what you plan for” is so true. Your dream won’t just happen. You need to sit down, on a regular basis, and plan out your strategy for achieving the dream. Think through all of the details. Break the whole plan down into small, workable parts. Then set a time frame for accomplishing each task on your “dream plan.” Step 6: Work it. Boy, wouldn’t life be grand if we could quit before this one! Unfortunately the successful are usually the hardest workers. While the rest of the world is sitting on their sofas watching reruns of Gilligan's Island, achievers are working on their goal—achieving their dream. I have an equation that I work with: Your short-term tasks, multiplied by time, equal your long-term accomplishments. If you work on it each day, eventually you will achieve your dream. War and Peace was written, in longhand, page by page. Step 7: Enjoy it. When you have reached your goal and you are living your dream, be sure to enjoy it. In fact, enjoy the trip, too. Give yourself some rewards along the way. Give yourself a huge reward when you get there. Help others enjoy it. Be gracious and generous. Use your dream to better others. Then go back to No. 1. And dream a little bigger this time! 2016-05-13 17:05:05
  • Artrellus Jones
    Artrellus Jones United States of America Great lesson!!!!! 2016-05-12 20:05:02
  • Justin David Niguidula
    Justin David Niguidula Philippines I've learned alot of new interesting things. Great course! 2016-05-11 11:05:17
  • Amos Masilo
    Amos Masilo United States of America The course has also taught me that as individuals we must learn to think outside the box, we must learn to stretch our imagination and think like travellers who will from time to time come across new and unique way of doing things. We must learn to be very observant and pick new ideas in our environment and continue to become better all the time. The cause has also higlihhted that when you travel to other destinations you trigger your brain power to begin to generate new and unique ideas that help you to succeed. 2016-05-11 09:05:27
  • Amos Masilo
    Amos Masilo United States of America The course has also taught me that I need to explore the things I love and have passion on in my daily activities and be able to captivate them and develop them into formidable products that I can commercialize. The course indicates that as individuals we have different and unique qualities than can help us to succeed in life and the only challenge is to allow ourselves to identify and realize those qualities for the betterment of our lives. 2016-05-11 09:05:59
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