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Life Mastery

Presented by Bo Bennett, PhD


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This is a course that covers hundreds of life-enhancing topics that they don't teach in high-school or most colleges, but should. This is more than a course on self-improvement; it is a course on mastering life.

If life had an instruction book... this would be it.

Learn how to really connect with others
Learn the tricks to having strong relationship
Learn what you need to know about your health and staying fit
Learn how to increase your overall well-being
Learn how to be better person
Learn how to be a responsible member of society through improving your critical thinking skills
Learn how to be more creative
Learn how to sell
Learn how to handle money—and make more of it
Learn about the major religions of the world
Learn about getting a job—and creating one
Learn about success and how to achieve it
And more


Learn About Mastering Life

This course is a result of the continued research that suggest adults in the United States today are woefully unprepared for today's social and professional environment. People struggle with effective communication, relationships, weight and health issues, depression, life purpose, achievement, discerning fact from fiction, selling ideas to others, earning enough to live comfortably, finding jobs, and overall peace of mind. These are problems that get in the way of living a happy and fulfilling life when one's energy is spent on just trying to get by. This course addresses each of those problems, and many more, with the goal of helping you avoid those problems while focusing on what energizes you most.

By the end of this course, you will be on the right track to designing the life you want to live, and living it well!

Audience

This course was designed for students 13 and up.

Personalized Feedback

Unlike most online courses unaffiliated with a university, each lesson in this course includes assignments that are manually evaluated by the instructor with detailed feedback provided (instructor evaluated course option only).

Learning Resources

For this course, text, audio, and video resources are used. All of the resources are compatible with virtually all modern web-browsers and mobile devices.

Instructor Availability

The instructor is available for students to discuss course-specific content via e-mail, online chat, Skype, and telephone for the first six months of the course (instructor-evaluated option only).

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Required Resources

There are no required resources for this course.

Optional Resources

There are no optional resources for this course.

Course Organization

This course begins with an introduction lesson, then the other lessons presented are in no particular order. You are free to skip around to the lessons that interest you most at the time and complete the lessons in any order.

Grading

This course is graded on a pass/redo scale. When lessons are reviewed, the student will either get a "pass" or a "redo". Students can redo assignments as many times as they like. All of the lessons are evaluated by both manual review of lesson-specific assignments and automatic grading of quizzes.

Student Evaluation

This course contains instructor-reviewed assignments, self-evaluated assignments, and multiple choice quizzes. There are no due dates or time limits on any of the assignments or quizzes.

Student Expectations

As a self-paced course, there are no time expectations. However, student support is limited to 6 months from the start of the course date. Students are expected to communicate with instructors and other students in a professional and respectful manner.

This Syllabus May Be Updated

The contents of this syllabus may change from time to time. All students will be notified by e-mail of any significant changes.

Lessons in this Course

Click on any lesson below to see the lesson details. If you are a student and logged in, or if the lesson is a sample lesson, you will be able to go to the lesson.

Section 1: Communication & Relationships
Making a Strong and Lasting Impression

Lesson #1: The First Impression

Research continues to show that making a good first impression is important because a bad first impression can be extremely difficult to correct. There are many ways to make a good first impression that include the use of all of our senses. Articulation and manners play an important role. But making a good first impression isn't good enough; a lasting impression is what you want to make.

In this lesson, we will look at how to make a good first impression.

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Lesson #2: Articulation

Imagine being the human resources director for a large firm. You are reviewing applications and seeking candidates to fill a top-level position. After searching through hundreds of resumes, you come across a candidate that looks perfect on paper, and you arrange an interview. Within the first 30 seconds of the interview, you realize you’ve made a mistake when the candidate says to you, “Thanks for invitin’ me here. It’s frezzin’ outside—I prob’ly shoulda worn a heav’yer coat.” Although the candidate looks like a professional and has the credentials to back him up, you do not give him the job because you know his poor articulation will evoke negative perceptions in customers who speak with him.

Lesson #3: Little Courtesies

Courtesies are polite behaviors, gestures, or remarks. While entire books have been written on manners, this lesson focuses on a few select behaviors that apply to both professional and personal situations, which are most likely to influence your level of success.

Lesson #4: Making a Lasting Impression

An impression is an effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience. However, like a footprint in the sand at a beach, impressions eventually fade away; a lasting impression is one that does not. When we refer to making a lasting impression in terms of success, we are referring to a positive impression.
Conversation Skills

Lesson #5: Small Talk

Small talk is polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions. As much as people despise small talk, it is a necessary social lubricant to connecting with people and discussing more important issues.

Lesson #6: Reading Body Language

It is said that over 90% of communication is more than just the words we use, and 60% of our communication is nonverbal, or body language. It is also believed that nonverbal signs have about five times more impact than verbal ones.

Lesson #7: Meeting People

Imagine that you work for XYZ Corporation, a large company that manufactures widgets. The company sends you and a few of your coworkers to an international widget convention where there will be thousands of your suppliers and potential customers. Once there, your colleagues are busy meeting others while you quietly keep to yourself because you do not see yourself as a “people person.” When the conference is over, your boss asks you for a list of the contacts you have made. You then realize that your lack of social skills may have just cost you your job.

Lesson #8: Active Listening

This lesson is under development.

Being Likable

Lesson #9: Express Sincere Interest in Others

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #10: Avoiding Criticizing and Complaining

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #11: Empathy

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #12: Remembering and Using People’s Names

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #13: Being Flexible

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Lesson #14: Building Rapport

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Lesson #15: Smiling

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Lesson #16: The Art of Praise and Compliment

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #17: Avoiding “One-Upping”

This lesson is under development.

Grammar

Lesson #18: The Importance of a Good Grammar

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #19: Important Grammar Rules

This lesson is under development.

Persuasion Skills

Lesson #20: Winning Others To Your Way of Thinking

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #21: Six Words To Successful Communication

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Lesson #22: Analogies, Similes, and Anecdotes

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #23: Using Questions Effectively

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Being Diplomatic

Lesson #24: Three Questions to Diplomacy

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #25: The Word “But”

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Lesson #26: Never Be Wrong Again

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Assertiveness

Lesson #27: Control the Conversational Climate

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Lesson #28: Learning How to Say NO

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Vocabulary

Lesson #29: The Importance of a Good Vocabulary

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #30: Vocabulary Words

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Learning from Others

Lesson #31: Accepting Criticism

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #32: Apologizing

This lesson is under development.

Argumentation

Lesson #33: Avoiding Arguments

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Lesson #34: The Socratic Method

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Lesson #35: Dealing with Difficult People

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #36: Hostile E-mails

This lesson is under development.

Public Speaking

Lesson #37: Public Speaking Primer

This lesson is under development.

Section 2: Health & Fitness
Diet and Nutrition

Lesson #38: The Importance of Good Health

Health is not just the absence of disease or illness; it is the presence of vitality. It is the lifelong process of prevention and commitment to wellness.

Lesson #39: Achieving Optimal Physical Fitness Through Science, Not Wishful Thinking

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #40: The "All Things In Moderation" Myth

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #41: Science-based Healthy Eating

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Help from Psychology

Lesson #42: Seven Reasons Why We Find Fad Diets Irresistible

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #43: How to Stop Self-Licensing from Ruining Your Health and Fitness Goals

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Lesson #44: How To Win the Temptation Game

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Exercise

Lesson #45: Martial Arts Basics

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Lesson #46: Yoga

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Lesson #47: A Great Home Workout

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Section 3: Well-Being
Introduction

Lesson #48: Introduction to Positive Psychology

This lesson is based on the work of Martin Seligman in the area of positive psychology. Positive psychology asks not what is wrong with you, but what is RIGHT with you—it is the scientific study of well-being.

Lesson #49: Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #50: Finding Balance

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Positive Emotion

Lesson #51: Positive Mental Attitude

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #52: Happiness

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #53: Increasing Your Well-Being Through Emotional Responses

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Lesson #54: Resilience

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Lesson #55: Let it Go

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Lesson #56: Self-Esteem

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Lesson #57: Today is a New Day

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Lesson #58: Getting Better Every Day

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Lesson #59: Brighten Up, Sunshine!

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Lesson #60: The “Good Ol’ Days”

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Lesson #61: Preventing Worry, Eliminating Worry

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #62: Create a Stressless Lifestyle

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Engagement

Lesson #63: Lose Time with Something You Love Doing

This lesson is under development.

Relationships

Lesson #64: Responding vs. Reacting

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #65: Gratitude and Appreciation

This lesson is under development.

Meaning / Purpose

Lesson #66: What Do You Want?

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #67: General Life Purpose

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Lesson #68: Specific Purpose

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Lesson #69: Ultimate Meaning

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Achievement

Lesson #70: Staying in Good Mental Shape

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Lesson #71: Time Mastery

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Lesson #72: Everyone has 24 Hours in a Day

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Lesson #73: An Extra Hour a Day

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Lesson #74: Priorities and Procrastination

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Lesson #75: Trying New Things

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Lesson #76: Setting and Achieving Your Goals

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Lesson #77: The Power of Belief

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Lesson #78: Welcome Frustration

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Section 4: Being a Good Person

Lesson #79: Random Acts of Kindness

In 1928, James E. West, the “Godfather” of the Boy Scouts, said, “...the Daily Good Turn is an important factor in the development of a habit of service and attitude of mind which offset a tendency to selfishness.” The Boy Scouts refer to good deeds and random acts of kindness as “good turns” and focus on the benefit of helping others by a selfless act. In fact, selflessness (not selfishness) is a common characteristic of both successful and happy people with benefits extending far beyond displaying mere selflessness itself.

Lesson #80: Avoid Lying

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #81: Being Popular

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #82: Dealing with Peer Pressure

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #83: Integrity

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #84: Hostile E-mails

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #85: Basic First Aid

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Lesson #86: Inspire Others

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #87: Make the Best of a Bad Situation

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #88: Help Others Discover Their Own Gifts

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #89: Being Kind vs. Being Nice

This lesson is under development.

Section 5: Creative & Critical Thinking
Science Basics

Lesson #90: How Important Is Scientific Literacy?

Overall, very few people have a strong understanding of what science is and what it is not. This ignorance often leads to the “rejection” of science or at least a strawman idea of science that can easily be dismissed. But science is too important to let this slide.

Lesson #91: Money and Science: Just How Skeptical Should One Be?

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #92: The Placebo Effect Explained

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Lesson #93: Why Trust Science When It Keeps Changing Its Mind?

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #94: Why Trust Scientists?

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #95: A Guide for Trusting Sources of Science, for the Non-Scientist

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #96: Doubting Science Because of Unknown Possible Long-Term Effects

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #97: The Problem with Relying on Your Own Common Sense and Ignoring Scientific Consensus

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #98: Don't Blame Science for Bad Doctors

This lesson is under development.

Critical Thinking

Lesson #99: The Point of Reason and Rationality

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #100: Don't Be Manipulated by Loaded Language

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #101: Logical Fallacies

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #102: Cognitive Biases

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #103: How To Be a Responsible Consumer of Information

This lesson is under development.

Creative Thinking

Lesson #104: Intuition

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #105: Problem Solving

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #106: Making Successful Decisions

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Section 6: Sales

Lesson #107: You ARE a Salesperson

Everyone sells something. Everyone is in business for him or herself. You are in the business of marketing or selling your services and skills. Even when already employed, you are constantly selling others ideas, reasons for promotion, comfort, etc.

Lesson #108: The Proposal

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #109: The Sales Roadblock

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Lesson #110: Three Rejections = Success

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Lesson #111: Sell Yourself First

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Lesson #112: Sell Solutions

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Section 7: Personal Finance

Lesson #113: How Taxes Work

So, what are taxes? Why do we pay taxes? What is all that tax money used for? In this lesson we cover types of taxes, progressive and regressive taxes, tax brackets, and we'll even get into a few historical scenarios where bad tax policy led to revolutions. We'll also look a bit more closely at income tax.

Note: This lessons focus specifically on taxes in the United States.

Lesson #114: How Credit Cards Work

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #115: A Better Way To Save

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #116: Spend Less Than You Earn

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Lesson #117: Multiple Streams of Income

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Lesson #118: Financial Freedom

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Section 8: The Internet, Computers, and Technology

Lesson #119: Computer Basics

This lesson on computer basics is presented by https://www.gcflearnfree.org. It covers important computer basic skills that everyone should know.

Lesson #120: Internet Basics

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #121: Social Media Basics

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #122: Backing Up Your Computers and Devices

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #123: Security

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Lesson #124: Avoiding Internet Scams

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Section 9: World Religions

Lesson #125: Judaism

Judaism is a monotheistic religion developed among the ancient Hebrews. Judaism is characterized by a belief in one transcendent God who revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with Scriptures and rabbinic traditions.

Lesson #126: Christianity

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #127: Islam

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #128: Secular (Non-Religions)

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #129: Hinduism

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #130: Chinese Traditional Religion

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #131: Buddhism

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Section 10: The Workforce
Getting a Job

Lesson #132: Interviewing for a Job

To get the job, you need to be an exceptional candidate—and present yourself as one.

Lesson #133: How To Get a Raise

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #134: Using Practical Knowledge To Get the Job

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #135: Experience

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Lesson #136: How Marketable Are You?

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #137: Job Security

This lesson is under development.

Creating a Job

Lesson #138: Get a Job?

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #139: Ease of Doing Business

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Lesson #140: Importance of Customer Feedback

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #141: Finding Good People

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Section 11: Success
The Rules of Success

Lesson #142: The Secret To Success

The question “what is the secret to success” is a prime example of what is called a loaded question, or a question that contains an unjustified assumption. The unjustified assumption is that there is a secret to success.

Lesson #143: How Success Works

This lesson is under development.

Lesson #144: Success is a Lifestyle

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Lesson #145: The Money Machine

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Lesson #146: Fulfill a Need

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The Successful Mindset

Lesson #147: Perseverance, Persistence and Determination

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Lesson #148: Enthusiasm!

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Lesson #149: Taking Risks

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Lesson #150: Dependability

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Lesson #151: Contentment

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Lesson #152: Patience

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Lesson #153: Modesty and Self-Promotion

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Lesson #154: Initiative

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Dealing with Adversity

Lesson #155: Failure is the Seed to Success

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Lesson #156: Fear of Rejection

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Lesson #157: Facing Your Weaknesses

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Lesson #158: How to Handle Mistakes

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Successful Habits

Lesson #159: Project a Positive Personality

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Lesson #160: Always Look for Opportunity

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Lesson #161: What ELSE Can I Do?

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Lesson #162: Follow Through

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Lesson #163: Being Your Best

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Successful Strategies

Lesson #164: Baby Steps

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Lesson #165: Create a Win-Win Situation

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Lesson #166: Going the Extra Mile

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Lesson #167: Ideas for Wealth

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Lesson #168: Power of Networking

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Lesson #169: Taking Advice

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Lesson #170: It’s Not Always About Trying Harder

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Lesson #171: Creative Negotiation

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Lesson #172: Recognition

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Lesson #173: Just Ask

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Lesson #174: Solving Business Problems

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Lesson #175: Dare To Be Different

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Lesson #176: Recognize the Dead End

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Lesson #177: Position Yourself for Success

This lesson is under development.

Section 12: Other Specific Things You Might Need To Know

Lesson #178: How To...

In this final lesson, you can choose from the many "how to" videos provided. We went through hundreds of videos and included what we thought were the best of the best for life mastery (and some for fun). The first video is required, then the rest are optional, but we suggest you watch at least 5 of them.

About Your Instructor

Bo Bennett, PhD. Robert "Bo" Bennett started "Adgrafix", a graphic design firm, right after graduating Bryant University in 1994, with a bachelor's degree in marketing. In 1995, he sold the graphic design business but kept the name "Adgrafix" that he used for his new web hosting company. As a self-taught programmer, Bo created one of the first (perhaps the first) web-based affiliate systems and web-based web hosting interfaces. He built Adgrafix to a 5 million dollar a year business, then sold it to Allegiance Telecom in 2001.

A day after he sold Adgrafix, Bo started Archieboy Holdings, LLC as a holding company for many different web properties, some of which have become their own entities, and sold to new owners, and others which he is still running today. One of the past sales include Boston Datacenters -- the distressed datacenter in Charlestown, MA purchased by Bo from former HarvardNet founder. He took the company from losing tens of thousands of dollars per month to profitability in less than a year. In two years time, he sold the property to Hosted Solutions. Today, the property is owned by Windstream and it remains one of the premier datacenters in New England.

Bo is currently the founder and CEO of eBookIt.com, a company that formats and distributes eBooks, print on demand, and digital audio books, as well as president of Archieboy Holdings.

By age 10, Robert "Bo" Bennett started listening to and reading personal development tapes and books. Over the years he has developed a science-based approach to success that differs quite a bit from the over-hyped success guru's approaches commonly seen today. Before beginning his lifelong quest to shape the lives of others, he had to prove to himself that his theories, beliefs and convictions worked.

At age 10, Bo started in business by creating and selling wooden key racks in his father's workshop. Since then, he has started several companies and sold them anywhere from to $20,000,000.00.

After selling his first company of significant value, Bo began writing Year To Success, the most comprehensive book ever written on success, based on his experiences, thoughts, and timeless success principles. Year to Success is a book Donald Trump calls, "an inspiration to every person who reads it."

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Course Information

Self-Evaluated Course Option:

  • 178 lessons
  • 77 videos
  • 169 narrated slides
  • 52 discussion questions
  • 32 terms and definitions
  • 29 self-evaluated assignments
  • 170 multiple-choice quiz questions
  • upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an authenticated certificate of completion

A total of approximately 13 hours 40 minutes of student learning.

This course is currently 10 percent completed, but you can get started with the first 18 lessons.

$399.00
Limited Time Offer: $199.00

Instructor-Evaluated Course Option:

Everything in the self-evaluated course option, PLUS...

  • 3 instructor-evaluated assignments
  • direct access to the instructor for one-on-one, personalized learning
  • upon successful completion of this course, students will also receive a more personalized letter of achievement that can be added to any resume or CV.

A total of approximately 14 hours 5 minutes of student learning.

Why Take the Instructor-Evaluated Course?
Many of the lessons have in-depth assignments on which I review and provide feedback. I also hold you accountable to get it done!

- Bo Bennett, PhD, Instructor

$1000.00
Limited Time Offer: $499.00


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