Wed, 15 Jan | Chabad Islington

JLI: Defining Success (How Success Thinks)

Join our Jewish Learning Institute course that draws on the findings of Positive Psychology and other social science research, as well as classic Jewish thought, to offer personal insights and strategies for success.
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JLI: Defining Success (How Success Thinks)

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15 Jan 2020, 19:30 – 21:30
Chabad Islington

About the event

Join us for this interactive class created by The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute. You can attend the single class or sign up for the whole six-week lecture series How Success Thinks

LESSON 1: DEFINING SUCCESS

 

What is success? Merriam-Webster dictionary's first definition describes success as achieving wealth, respect, or fame; the dictionary's second articulates it is the desired or correct outcome of an attempt. Talking about success can be problematic when the word itself connotes dual, and potentially conflicting, meanings.

In this Lesson we ask, what do we mean when we talk about success? To what extent are personal goals shaped by external factors and pressures? How can we develop definitions of success that reflect our core desires, values, and principles? How do competing motivations, for factors including status and wealth, and also for achieving the goal itself, impact our performance?

This Lesson draws on research literature on Internal Motivation (often called "intrinsic motives") and Success as well as the Jewish mystical practice of hishtatvut equanimity, a state in which one is not dependent on external influence or validation but in which one lives from within.

Course Overview

While definitions of success vary by society and culture, and from individual to individual, most people are driven to succeed: to perform well and accomplish their personal and professional goals.

Countless books, subject matter experts, seminars, and workshops promise to reveal the secret to success. The recent development of the Positive Psychology movement responds to the need for the empirical, scientific study of how to cultivate a satisfactory and fulfilling life, rather than focusing solely on mental illness.

How Success Thinks, a new six-week course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute, draws on the findings of Positive Psychology and other social science research, as well as classic Jewish thought, to offer personal insights and strategies for success.

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