Fortune Favors the Brave: Ancient Lessons for Modern Success
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Fortune Favors the Brave: Ancient Lessons for Modern Success

An exploration of ancient stories about success with practical applications for finding success in today's world.
4.2 (25 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.
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Created by Keith Massey
Last updated 3/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of this course, you will know a number of ancient success stories and have the opportunity to reflect on how you can apply wisdom from the past to achieve success in the present day.
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  • No course requirements except a desire to learn ancient lessons for modern success.

 In this course, you'll learn the lives and lessons of numerous ancient persons whose examples can both instruct and inspire you to achieve modern success. The course is comprised of videos which present the content in a combination of instruction from Dr. Massey and images paired with the narrative. 

In addition to the video lessons, Dr. Massey gives you exercises to help you reflect upon what you have learned, as well as quizzes to reinforce your learning of these important ancient lives.

No matter your walk of life--be it business, sales, research, education, or something else entirely--this course will help you focus your creative energies toward the achievement of whatever you define as success.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is intended for anyone with an interest in motivation and productivity.
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Curriculum For This Course
28 Lectures
Fortune Favors the Brave: Definitions and Lessons
6 Lectures 27:26
In this lecture Dr. Massey provides an overview of the course.
Preview 01:51

Dr. Massey presents a detailed lesson on the meaning of Fortuna/Fortune.
Preview 05:13

Dr. Massey discusses what it means that Fortune "Favors" the Brave.
Adiuat - Favors

In this lesson, Dr. Massey explores the different ways in which someone can be "brave" and "daring."
Fortes - The Brave

Dr. Massey here shares his thoughts on how ancient lessons are still relevant today.
Eternal Ideas

In this lesson, Dr. Massey discusses the various ways ancient anecdotes can inform and inspire.
Genius and Inspiration
Lives Well Lived: Ingenuity, Perseverance, and Integrity
12 Lectures 49:48
Dr. Massey presents an overview of "Lives Well Lived", a collection of short biographies of ancient success.
Preview 04:34

In this lesson, we learn about how Alexander the Great tamed a horse with an important observation.
Preview 06:57

In this lesson, Alexander the Great faces an ancient and previously unsolved challenge.
Alexander the Great: the Gordian Knot

Archimedes shouted "Eureka" when he solved the unsolvable. Here's the story of exactly what he did.
Archimedes: The Eureka Moment

The Roman patrician Cincinnatus twice served as dictator, but never really wanted the hold power. He instead lived a life of integrity.
Cincinnatus: A Life of Integrity

Crassus was the richest man in Rome. Maybe the richest man ever. Find out the ingenious way he earned his great wealth.
Crassus: Richest Man in Rome

In this lesson, we learn how Queen Dido of Carthage bought land to found a new kingdom, through a clever trick.
Dido, Queen of Carthage

In this lesson we learn how an ancient scientist who never left Egypt measured the size of the Earth for the first time.
Erathosthenes Measures the Earth

Hannibal of Carthage took an army complete with a hundred elephants from Spain to attack Italy. Here's the story of his persistence and a unique solution to a problem.
Hannibal of Carthage

King Leonidas of Sparta stopped a Persian army thousands of times the size of his few hundred soldiers. Here's how he did this amazing feat.
King Leonidas of Sparta

Xenophon and ten thousand other Greeks persevered through enemy territory to survive an incredible challenge. Here's the story of what they did.
March of the Ten Thousand

Queen Zenobia fought through personal tragedy on more than one occasion. Here's her remarkable story.
Zenobia, Queen of the Palmyrene Empire
Three Moons: an Ancient Program for Modern Productivity
7 Lectures 32:26
Dr. Massey presents an overview of "Three Moons: an Ancient Program for Modern Productivity."
Preview 01:36

In this lesson Dr. Massey discusses the most productive three months of his life--a mission to Iraq.
Preview 06:34

In this lesson, Dr. Massey shares how he learned that ancient peoples knew about three month productivity plans.
Preview 10:19

In this lesson, Dr. Massey describes how he got the chance to repeat the Three Month experiment.
Preview 09:48

In this lesson, Dr. Massey discusses practical ways you can apply the Three Month Productivity Plan of the Ancients to your own life.
Preview 02:55

Fortune Favors the Brave: Additional Resources
3 Lectures 00:00
This document provides learners with more detailed information about the ancient people discussed in this course.
Characters in Fortune Favors the Brave
5 pages

This document provides learners with a collection of Motivational and Productivity Quotes from the ancient world.
Ancient Motivational and Productivity Quotes
4 pages

This document allows learners to journal on the points of the course and reflect on ways to introduce ancient lessons to their own modern success.
Reflection Points for the Course
7 pages

This quiz gives you a chance to demonstrate your knowledge of the people studied in the course Fortune Favors the Brave.
How Well Do You Know the Ancients?
16 questions
About the Instructor
Keith Massey
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5,228 Students
2 Courses
Scholar, Language Instructor, Author

About Me

I grew up in Madison, WI. I earned my BA in Classics (Latin and Greek) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, followed by an MA and PhD in Biblical Hebrew and Semitic Studies, with a minor in Arabic. I've published a number of academic articles, listed after this biography.

After 9/11, I served for four years at the Top Secret National Security Agency as an Arabic linguist, during which time I earned the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal for service performed in Iraq in 2004.

In 2006 I left the NSA to become a teacher of Latin at a public high school. I speak Spanish, Romanian, and Arabic. I'm the author of Intermediate Arabic for Dummies, by Wiley Publishing. I'm proud to be a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and I'm a certified interpreter for that organization.

Please Explore My Books

In addition to my interest in languages, I've written several novels published by Lingua Sacra Publishing. My first novel, A Place of Brightness, tells the story of a family starting from the time they were fighting against Communist tyranny in 1960's Romania down to the current day.

The novel Amor Vincit Omnia: An Andrew Valquist Adventure , recounts the early days of a new linguist at the National Security Agency. In this novel, I indulge my love of Latin and spin a tale in which a knowledge of that ancient language is crucial to stopping a shadowy terrorist organization.

Another novel students of Latin will love is In Saecula Saeculorum, in which a group of four high school students are sent back in time to Ancient Rome on a mission to save the world. I invite you to click on the link to my main page to explore my novels and other resources for learning languages.

Academic Publications

2008 Intermediate Arabic for Dummies. Wiley Publishing. ISBN 9780470373378.

2008 "A Latin Etymology for Romanian DA = Yes" in Ianua. Revista Philologica Romanica, Vol. 8. ISSN: 1616-413X.

2008 "Further Evidence for an "Italic" Substratum in Romanian," in Philologie im Netz 43/2008, pp. 11-16. ISSN 1433-7177.

2007 "Vergilian Allusions In Newman’s “Kindly Light," in Newman Studies Journal, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Fall 2007. ISSN 1547-9080.

2006 "A Second Look at Latin Secundus = 'Favorable'" in Pomoerium Online Journal, Vol. 5/2004-2006. ISSN 0945-2354.

2002 "Letters and Mysterious Letters," contributor of article for Encyclopedia of the Qur'an (E.J. Brill Publishers). ISBN-13: 978-9004123557.

1996 "Mystery Letters of the Quran," in Arabica (E.J. Brill Publishers) by Keith Massey. ISSN: 0570-5398

1995 "Semitic Quadriliteral Animal Terms: An Explanation," in Journal of Northwest Semitic Languages (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) by Keith Massey and Kevin Massey. ISSN 0259-0131

1993 "Dialogue of Creeds" in ISLAMOCHRISTIANA

(Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies) by Keith Masseyand Kevin Massey. ISSN: 0392-7288.