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Career and Life Lessons for Success and Joy by Dana Perino

Learn how to build a successful career and fulfilling personal life from the 27th White House Press Secretary
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Last updated 11/2015
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Through engaging lectures and hands-on exercises, Dana Perino, the former press secretary to George W. Bush, will guide you through every facet of building a successful career and a fulfilling personal life.

Dana has been through a variety of changes and challenges. But through perseverance, networking, and smart decision-making, she's been able to thrive in some of the most exciting careers.

Now you can access the best tips from her book, And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side, along with other valuable insights you can apply to your own life.

Dana will show you how you can take the lessons she learned and use them to forge a path towards success, no matter how many challenges you might face.

Valuable Life Lessons from a Former White House Press Secretary

  • Harness the power of mentors and networking
  • Make clear-headed decisions for every major challenge in life
  • Create a work-life balance that brings happiness and fulfillment

Make Decisions That Will Bring You Success, Joy & Balance

Throughout this course, you'll learn what it takes to make decisions on a daily basis that will change your life for the better.

With the help of mentors and a network of professionals, you'll develop the right mindset so you can really let your career take flight.

Ultimately, you'll be able develop the perfect work-life balance to create joy and fulfillment throughout all areas of your life.

Like Dana, you'll know exactly how to navigate life's biggest and most difficult decisions and make choices that are truly right for your ambitions.

Contents and Overview

After an introduction into Dana's background, you'll begin this course by learning about the power of having and being a mentor.

She'll show you how she was able to make her way to a White House job even though she grew up in a small town with no connections.

Next, you'll learn how to build a strong network, regardless of what industry you work in. You'll cover the benefits of having a network of allies, as well as the many ways that you can expand your network so you can always have a support system in place.

Life is all about making big and small decisions daily, so Dana will show you how to make the right choices when it comes to things like your education and career.

You'll be able to choose when it's time to move on to another job, and you’ll release guilt and fear so you can make clear-headed choices that are truly right for you.

Having the right mindset for success is imperative, so Dana will teach you about forgiveness, risk-taking, and humility so you can transform negative patterns into positive ones that will help you succeed.

As you move through this course, you'll tackle how to speak effectively and take care of your team by showing gratefulness and loyalty. These skills will make you a more effective communicator so you can get what you want and need.

Finally, you'll gain insight into how to establish a great work-life balance and how to maintain a civil work environment.

By the time you complete this course, you'll be inspired to change your life and achieve your biggest dreams.

Whether you're struggling with going back to school, the career path you should take, or how to balance your personal and professional life, you'll have all of the tools necessary to make the right choice every time.

Who is the target audience?
  • Young career professionals
  • Professionals looking to make a career transition
  • Early retirees hoping to jump into work again
  • Anyone who struggles with making decisions and conquering life's most difficult challenges.
  • This course is for students of all ages who want to set off on a positive journey towards a fulfilling career but aren't sure how to create the life that they dream of.
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the impact that a good network and mentors can have on a career, as well as how to take care of themselves and maintain a positive work environment while communicating effectively with managers and teams.
Overcome fear and uncertainty in order to make the best choices, particularly when it comes to career and personal life, to achieve a fulfilling work-life balance.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 41 Lectures Collapse All 41 Lectures 02:18:44
3 Lectures 22:02

Learn about Dana Perino's background and how she'll guide you through the process of creating a fulfilling career and balanced life.

Preview 03:20

This lecture teaches you the importance of having mentors and being a mentor.

Preview 09:12

This exercise teaches you how to find the right mentor for your needs.

Practice: Find a Mentor
Create a Strong Network
4 Lectures 23:01

This lecture teaches you the benefits of building a strong network of allies for your career so you can help one another.

Pass it On

This lecture teaches you how to build a broader network, and why it's so important to do it in today's competitive world.

You Are Who You Meet

This lecture teaches you about reverse mentors, including the power of young employees and how you can be a good reverse mentor.

Reverse Mentors

This exercise teaches you how to be a reverse mentor by finding a younger worker to connect with and learn from.

Big Life Decisions
6 Lectures 19:27

This lecture teaches you how to decide on whether or not you need an advanced degree to meet your goals, as well as how to choose the right school and program.

To School or Not To School

This lecture teaches you about the Quarter Life Crisis and what to do when you're considering a career change.

What Should I Be Doing?

This lecture teaches you how to relocate for personal or professional reasons and make the most of the changes in your life.

Move Out to Move Up

This lecture teaches you the benefits of leaving your current employer, even if you're hesitant to do so.

It’s OK To Leave Your Big Dog Employer

This lecture teaches you how to be in love and work with your partner to fulfill one another's career goals without holding each other back.

Love is Not a Career-Limiting Decision

This exercise teaches you how to come to a decision if you have been struggling with any major decision, such as the challenges discussed in this section.

The Mindsets of Success
5 Lectures 12:42

This lecture teaches you the importance of practicing forgiveness in your personal and professional life.


This lecture teaches you the benefits of taking risks, including how to overcome the fear of risk-taking.

What’s the Worst That Could Happen?

This lecture teaches you how to be kinder to yourself and change negative thought patterns into positive ones while letting things go.

Lighten Up & Let it Go

This lecture teaches you the importance of humility, and how being humble can help you succeed.


This exercise teaches you how to recognize and let go of negative thought patterns and experiences so you can become more positive and kind to yourself.

Communication is Everything
4 Lectures 11:33

This lecture teaches you how to be successful at public speaking, including how to overcome the fear of speaking in front of others.

Public Speaking

This lecture teaches you the importance of speaking up about problems in the workplace, and how to go about doing so in the most effective way.

Speak Up, but Know When to Zip It

This lecture teaches you why handwritten thank you notes can be really powerful tools in the workplace.

Why Thank You Very Much

This exercise teaches you how to find opportunities to speak publicly at work, as well as how to send thank you notes.

Take Care of Your Team
4 Lectures 10:48

This lecture teaches you how to share the credit at work when you're part of a team.

Share the Credit

This lecture teaches you the importance of being able to take the blame if you're the manager of a team.

Be Willing to Take the Blame For Your Team

This lecture teaches you why loyalty in the workplace is so important, and how you can achieve it.

Loyalty is a Two Way Street

This exercise helps you reflect upon your past work as part of a team, and how you can improve the way you work with others today.

Take Care of Your Personal Life to be Professionally Successful
5 Lectures 18:35

This lecture teaches you how to achieve a work-life balance that lets you make the most of your professional and personal life.

Balance is in the Eye of the Beholder

This lecture teaches you how to take control of, and take care of, your health.

Take Responsibility for Your Health

This lecture teaches you how to keep your mind sharp and focused by reading informative materials daily.

Feed Your Brain

This lecture teaches you the importance of travel and how it can benefit your work-life balance and create happiness.

Get Out of Town

This exercise teaches you how to analyze various areas of your life and determine where and how improvements can be made.

The Importance of Civility
4 Lectures 06:58

This lecture teaches you how to manage and respond to criticisms from others.

Responding Civilly

This lecture teaches you how to give genuine compliments to maintain civility.

Just Pay a Compliment

This lecture teaches you how to disagree in a productive, rather than a combative, way.

Disagree Without Being a Jerk

This exercise teaches you how to reflect upon past arguments and uncivil conversations, and how to remain civil even in difficult circumstances.

2 Lectures 03:45

This lecture shares stories, insights, and tips that Dana has used to achieve her goals.

One More Thing

This lecture concludes the course and teaches you how to start applying what you've learned right away.

What’s Next?
4 Lectures 05:53
This bonus material will help you develop a plan if you are considering entering a career in politics.
How to Enter a Career in Politics

This bonus material will help you determine if it's time to leave your current job and transition careers.
Career Transitions

This bonus material features insightful Q&A between Dana Perino and her followers on social media.

An excerpt from Dana's book Any the Good News is...Lessons and Advice From the Bright Side. Learn the few quick fixes that you can make at work to stand out and succeed.

Quick Fixes
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About the Instructor
4.6 Average rating
45 Reviews
568 Students
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Former White House Press Secretary, co-host of The Five on Fox News, and author of And the Good News Is...

Dana Perino was the first Republican woman to serve as the White House Press Secretary during the administration of President George W. Bush. She's the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, And the Good News Is... Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side. Dana is also the co-host of The Five, a daily news commentary program on the Fox News Channel. Born in Wyoming, raised in Colorado, she also lived in the United Kingdom with her husband, Peter McMahon. She and Peter now live in Manhattan with their Vizsla, America's Dog, Jasper.

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