Creativity and Personal Mastery for Business Success
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Creativity and Personal Mastery for Business Success

Become way more productive and happy even as you banish stress from your life.
4.4 (29 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
228 students enrolled
Created by Srikumar Rao
Last updated 8/2013
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What Will I Learn?
  • Creativity and Personal Mastery - the Basics is designed to:
  • * Greatly reduce - even eliminate - stress in your life
  • * Let you experience joy once again - that lightness of spirit and pure wonder that you had as a child.
  • * Make you resilient. You will bounce back easily from events that others consider disastrous.
  • * Make you much more effective in both your personal and professional lives
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  • An open mind
  • A desire to engage with the material

Creativity and Personal Mastery for Business Success is a program designed to transform your life. It takes the most powerful teachings of the worlds greatest masters and adapts them to the needs of intelligent persons in a post industrial society. These masters intimately understood the human predicament and they devised solutions that have been tested over millennia.

These solutions absolutely work and are incorporated into the exercises in Creativity and Personal Mastery - the Basics.

The exercises in this course will lead to success in business as well as great serenity.

Who is the target audience?
  • Persons with a curious mind who are successful and would like to become more so. It will help those who earnestly seek to realize more of their potential.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 11:16

Creativity and Personal Mastery is both a course and an intense experience. You learn about its origins and the benefits that you can expect when you complete the program. It really has the capacity to transform every aspect of your life for the better.

Read the complete syllabus to understand the philosophy behind the program. Begin the journal assignment.

Preview 11:16
The Building Blocks
4 Lectures 40:48

Mental chatter is the internal monologue you have going on in your head ALL the time. Most of us try to ignore it and get on with our lives as best we can despite the tumult in our heads. This is a big mistake because we create our lives with our mental chatter. This lecture describes how it happens.

Do the mental chatter assignment after you watch the lecture. Do it conscientiously because this is one of the foundations of the program.

Building Block 1: Mental Chatter

A mental model is a notion you have that this is the way the world works. You have dozens, perhaps hundreds, of such models. The problem is that you do not recognize that these are models. You think that they describe reality and, in fact, ARE reality.

This creates all kinds of problems in your life. EVERY time there is an unpleasant situation in your life, and it persists, it is a sure sign that you are using one or more mental models that are not serving you well.

Do the alternate reality exercise after you watch the lecture. Do it with care. This is a VERY powerful exercise and, by itself, can produce a significant improvement in your life. On average, two thirds to three quarters of persons who participate in this program achieve their first major breakthrough with this exercise.

Building Block 2: Mental Models

Your mental chatter and the mental models you use combine to create the world you live in. Much of the time you live in an emotional domain where there is too much to do and not enough time to do it all. It is a domain of stress and anxiety. It is possible to live in a different emotional domain, one of appreciation and gratitude. The lecture and exercise show you how to do this.

Appreciation and Gratitude

We live as if the world revolves around us. We evaluate all events in terms of "What is the impact on me?" Living this way guarantees that we will feel frustrated much of the time since the universe goes its merry way without much care for what we want. If we want to live a radiant, fulfilled life, we have to learn to step outside into an "other-centered" world. The lecture and exercise show you how to do this and the benefits.

Building Block 3: The Other Centered Universe
Important concepts
5 Lectures 42:03

Virtually everything we do is a directed quest for happiness. We are in a job because it gives us the income we need to be happy. We are in a relationship so we can be happy. When asked what we want our children to be, "happy" is mentioned more often than all the other responses combined. But we have unclear ideas about what it takes to be happy. The lecture and the exercise give you a radically different take on happiness and how to be happy.


We are a goal obsessed society. From a young age we are taught to set goals and then take action to achieve them. This has benefits both personal and societal. However, it also has a downside. It leads to frustration and even depression when goals are not reached due to extraneous factors. There is a superior method of action - a method that both rejuvenates one AND makes it more likely that the goal is reached. The lecture explains what this superior method is and how to use it. The exercise helps you apply it to your life.

Focus on the Process

We are constantly distracted - by TV, phone calls, email, instant messages, meetings and what have you. The most powerful distraction is our own fickle mind that is constantly flitting from subject to subject, It rarely rests and frequently drives us batty. Research shows that distraction - of any kind, even pleasant distraction - is a major source of tension and unhappiness in our life.

Mindfulness is a technique that turbocharges all of the other exercises in this program. View the video and then do the exercise scrupulously. It will ease the stress you feel and will also make you much more effective in your work. It will also improve relationships with your family members.


There is something that we do every day, dozens of times every day, that is very deleterious to our health and well-being. We do not recognize how harmful this is. It is our habit of classifying everything that happens to us as 'good' or 'bad'. We stick these labels on without conscious thought. it is instinctive and instantaneous.

We do not recognize that suffering begins the instant we stick a 'bad' label on something that happens to us. We do not begin suffering when an event occurs. We begin suffering when we classify the event as 'bad'.

So what happens if we learn not to stick a 'bad' label on whatever happens to us? If we learn to do this, we become resilient and much stress simply leaves our life. The video explains why and the exercise shows you how.

This exercise, by itself, will greatly improve all aspects of your life if you practice it diligently.

Good Thing, Bad Thing

Why do you feel stress? Most persons feel that the reasons are outside such as precarious job situation, shaky relationship with spouse, financial insecurity, children facing challenges and so on. It is true that you will have to deal with these outside circumstances, but the cause of stress is elsewhere. There is one reason, and one reason only, that you feel stress.

The video explains what this reason is and the exercise shows you how to deal with it.

1 Lecture 02:02

The only thing you ever do in life is go on a journey. There is the massive journey that began with your birth and will end with your death. And there are all manner of side trips and each of these is also a journey. Your participating in this program is also a journey.

The short video explains how you can get the most out of the journeys you take.

Going on a Journey
About the Instructor
Srikumar Rao
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228 Students
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Professor, TED speaker and author

Srikumar Rao has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world discover deep meaning. His methods have enabled them to achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders. Above all they have developed an inner serenity, born of the knowledge that they will be able to appropriately handle whatever comes their way be it a small wave or a tsunami. They become resilient and bounce back nonchalantly from reverses that would floor most peers.

Dr. Rao has taught at Columbia Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, London Business School, the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and Long Island University. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Time, Fortune, Forbes, Business Week, Fast Company, the London Times dozens of other publications all over the world. CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, Fox, CNN, Voice of America and many other radio and TV stations have interviewed him.

He is a TED speaker and his talks are hosted on various sites and have been viewed by millions.

He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.