Succeed Because of What You've Been Through Level 1
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Succeed Because of What You've Been Through Level 1

Gain all five points of prosperity--good relationships, good health, peace, joy, and financial abundance. Do it now!
4.8 (7 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.
1,529 students enrolled
Created by Rhonda Sciortino
Last updated 3/2013
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • In this course, you will learn to evaluate your story in a more objective way. You will learn to mine the lessons from your experiences. And you will learn to embrace and leverage those lessons to create personal and professional success.
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  • A willingness to do the work necessary to create a better life.
  • A computer and printer OR paper and pen

You can succeed personally and professionally and enjoy a life that you might not now be able to imagine. You can have all five points of prosperity, which are good relationships with good people, good health, peace, joy, and financial abundance. You don't have to be the smartest, the most educated, the most beautiful, or the luckiest person. You don't have to know the right people or be at the right place at the right time.

Join me for Succeed Because of What You've Been Through to discover and embrace your unique strengths, talents, and abilities. This combination of characteristics qualifies YOU for success.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone 16+ who wants a better life.
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Curriculum For This Course
9 Lectures
Succeed Because of What You Have Been Through: Introduction
1 Lecture 04:22
I hope you're ready to do some life-changing work. If you'll take every step of this course, you will literally take charge of your life. YOU, yes you, were put here for a reason. It's up to you to find that reason and fulfill it. And when you do, you begin a journey toward all five points of prosperity. 
Your life matters. Your story matters. All that you've been through (or are going through now) can work together for your good. This course will help you make that happen. Start by watching this brief overview.  It will tell you what you need and what you can expect to take away. 
While you're changing your life for the better, you're helping teenage victims of abuse do the same. A portion of every dollar of the fee for this course goes to the Successful Survivors Foundation to fund the You Are Not An Accident program for foster kids preparing to transition out of the system. 
If you have any questions, connect with me at I'm eager to hear about YOUR success!
Preview 04:22
The foundation for YOUR success starts here... NOW!
7 Lectures 57:08
Your story matters. Don't ignore it. Don't pack it away in some deep, dark place. Don't press it down. Pull it out and analyze it with the mature, adult mind and emotions you have now that you didn't have when it happened. Before the end of this course, my hope is that you'll embrace it because it has helped to shape you into the strong, capable person you are.
Preview 07:12

Imagine that a friend asked to meet you for coffee, and had worked up the nerve to share her obviously painful story with you.  Imagine how you'd feel as she spoke. Feel the sympathy, the anger, the righteous indignation, and any other emotions that come up as she tells her story. You wouldn't blame her. She was the victim. She was too young and vulnerable to prevent it. She did what she had to do to survive it all. Now imagine that the story you heard is your own, only told through the eyes of someone else. Cut yourself the same slack--give yourself the same mercy as you'd give a friend who bared all this to you.
Getting the emotion out of it

You have made decisions in your life that lead to certain outcomes. For good or for bad, it's done. Don't assign a value judgment just now, but consider the decisions you made and own them. Think, too, about the decisions others made that impacted your life. Where were you "taken hostage" by the decisions of others that you were powerless to change? Take an honest, non judgmental look at the choices made that were the tracks on which the train of your life has traveled.
Decisions, Decisions

The only thing holding you back from living the life of your dreams is YOU. We instinctively make decisions to not go back to school, not start that business, not ask someone out, not going on that job interview, etc., because we aren't qualified, aren't smart enough, aren't educated enough, don't have enough money, don't have the right looks or the right clothes, we're too fat, too skinny, too ethnic, too _______ --you fill in the blank. Then we feel sorry for ourselves because we aren't doing what we want to do, aren't with the people we'd like to be spending time with, not making the difference in the world we'd like to be making. Stop it now.  There is no self-pity in success. Most of the things we perceive as holding us back are illusions.  Those things that are actual obstacles can be the very things that we become known for having blasted through.
Pitiful or powerful--you choose

We've all heard of the successful comedians who came from dysfunctional families--those people who have found a way to profit from making people laugh at their pain. Whether you realize it or not, you somehow figured out how to survive whatever dysfunction or abuse you lived through. If you can analyze your story to find the ways you survived, you can sort through those coping and survival mechanisms and use those tools to create personal and professional success.  
How did you survive?

Similar to identifying your survival mechanisms, you can sort through your story to figure out how painful experiences changed you. Most people automatically go to the dark, sad side of this. Resist the temptation to do that. Instead, consider what character traits, skills, and abilities you acquired as a result of what you've experienced. Are you stronger than most? Do you have a greater degree of empathy for people who are going through what you've experienced? This lesson is critical to your success because once you understand the characteristics you've acquired because of what you've been through, you can communicate them to potential employers, business partners, and friends. More importantly, you'll then be able to leverage them so that your pain isn't wasted.
Mining the Lessons

By this time my hope is that you are beginning to see yourself differently than you did at the beginning of our time together. You are NOT a victim.  You ARE a graduate of a very tough, painful boot camp of sorts. For some of us the boot camp was a training ground where opposing parties used live ammunition. Some of us were on the field of this terrifying game wearing nothing more than a diaper. But we're still here. And when we begin to realize, and give ourselves credit for, what we've been through, we stand taller, see ourselves in a better, more powerful light, make better decisions, and consequently, get better results.  I want to hear about your success, and I want to see you back here for Succeed Because of What You've Been Through Level 2, where we learn how to monetize your unique combination of skills, talents, and abilities so that you can maximize all five points of prosperity and live the life you were created to live!
Replacing your pain
Getting to your next steps
1 Lecture 00:00
1 page

Final Exam!
5 questions
About the Instructor
Rhonda Sciortino
4.8 Average rating
7 Reviews
1,529 Students
1 Course
Author, speaker, radio host, and child advocate

Through my Udemy courses, media appearances, speaking, and writing, I attempt to help others succeed personally and professional not just despite what they've been through, but specifically because of it.

We each have experiences that have influenced us and helped to shape us into the people we are today. Rather than being held back by experiences that have made us feel inadequate, we can mine the lessons out of out of those ugly experiences, identify the coping mechanisms that we learned and honed to survive, and combine those things with our natural skills, talents, and abilities, to create the stepping stones to our success.

I believe this is possible because I've done it myself.

On my own at 16 after a childhood of abandonment, abuse, homelessness, and hunger, I worked hard to survive. Hard work paid off, and I bought my first house when I was 19, started my first business at 27, my second at 34, and built my businesses and real estate and investment portfolios into a multi-million dollar balance sheet.

I published my first book, From Foster Care to Millionaire, in 2008, followed by Succeed Because of What You've Been Through, The Prayer That Covers It All, Keys to Answered Prayer, YOUR REAL SUCCESS (to be released in 2015), and Turn Your Adversity Into Your Advantage (to be released 2016).

I serve as the Child Welfare Specialist for Markel Insurance Company, the Chairperson of Successful Survivors Foundation, and spokesperson for Foster Care Alumni of America. In those roles I have the opportunity to speak to people all over the United States about issues involving child abuse, foster care, engaging the community in changing the trajectory of victims of childhood abuse. I especially appreciate opportunities to speak to victims of abuse about using what they've learned in all their ugly experiences to create personal and professional success.

I look forward to hearing about YOUR success!