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Becoming You: Crafting the Authentic Life you Want and Need

Becoming You: Crafting the Authentic Life you Want and Need

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NYU Stern School of Business
44 West 4th Street
New York, NY 10012

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Becoming You: Crafting the Authentic Life you Want and Need


PLEASE NOTE: This program is currently being taught as an In Person class.


This course provides a proven, transformational methodology that guides students through the profound, exhilarating, and sometimes surprising journey of discovery of their authentic purpose, a life and career rich with opportunity, meaning, and impact. In short, “Becoming You” is designed to help its students uncover the best, most thoughtful answer to the often elusive question, “What should I do with my life?”

The “Becoming You” methodology grows out of the premise that the happiest, most fulfilling lives are those lived in one’s “Area of Transcendence,” the intersection of our most unique skills and aptitudes, our deepest and most authentic values, and the economy’s most rewarding and personally interesting spheres of opportunity. It might be said that the Area of Transcendence construct is intuitive – of course we should spend our lives doing what we’re great at and what we love, especially in those jobs that call us emotionally and intellectually. But what is less intuitive is how often smart, ambitious, and very enlightened people end up with lives and careers that are less deliberate and joyful, and more accidental and stressful, than they’d ever wanted. It doesn’t need to be that way!

Through the use of carefully designed exercises, multiple activities, videos, lectures, workshops, and a series of tests, “Becoming You” is an intense journey of excavation. Students first work to identify their specific, granular, personal values, culminating in a powerful 90-minute exercise and honing workshop immediately following. Next, the class dives deeply into each student’s unique skills, aptitudes, competencies, and traits, driving toward an accurate understanding of one’s true “value proposition,” personality, and temperament. Finally, the class offers a high-level overview of major megatrends, explores areas of industry usually left unexplored, and reveals the latest, cutting edge-research on the economy’s most in-demand jobs and skills.

The deepest work then begins as students, in small groups and individually, begin to draft their own "Area of Transcendence" analyses. The course concludes with a capstone project in which each student crafts a narrative of the next 40 years of their life, a journey bork of thoughtful design and desire, and the roadmap to it, now and in the future.

Certificates and Credits

Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

Program Takeaways

During this course, participants will:

  • Values Assessment

    Analyze unique life values for individual self-identification and growth planning.
  • Aptitude Recognition

    Assess individual intellectual and emotional strengths for optimal skill utilization.
  • Economic Passion Mapping

    Identify personal emotional and intellectual motivations for economic growth opportunities.

Who Should Attend

Although there are no formal education or background requirements, this course is designed for executives who meet the criteria below. While we strongly encourage global participation, please note that all courses are taught in English. Proficiency in written and spoken English is required.

  • Prerequisites

    There are no requirements for this class except for an open-hearted and open-minded approach to considering one’s future self.


The following agenda is a sample and subject to change.

9:00 - 10:30 am ET: Session 1

  • Introduction to Becoming You
    • The Why...The What...The How.
    • An overview of the Becoming You methodology, a detailed roadmap of the
      journey ahead, a discussion of student expectations, and examples of the
      kind of outcomes the process yields. In other words...ready, set, go.

10:30 - 10:45 am ET: Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET: Session 2

  • Launching our Values Identification Journey
    • The 6WM Exercise
    • “Who’s Life?” Activity

12:15 - 1:15 pm ET: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:45 pm ET: Session 3

  • The Expedition Continues
    • Alpha Omega Exercise
    • Proust Group Activity

2:45 - 3:00 pm ET: Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm ET: Session 4

  • Concluding Values Excavation Exercise
  • Refinement Workshop

9:00 - 10:30 am ET: Session 5

  • Aptitudes Exploration
    • YouScience aptitudes results review
    • “Wait, I’m Actually Good at What?”

10:30 - 10:45 am ET: Break

10:45 am - 12:15 pm ET: Session 6

  • Enneagram personality/temperament review
  • “Oh, That Explains It!”

12:15 - 1:15 pm ET: Lunch Break

1:15 - 2:45 pm ET: Session 7

  • Opportunities of Interest: A journey of discovery into the areas of economic growth
    that call us emotionally and intellectually
    • Survey of major megatrends
    • Industry Bingo
    • Interests, Passions, and Otherwise
  • Putting it All Together
    • Group AOT drafting activity

2:45 - 3:00 pm ET: Break

3:00 - 4:30 pm ET: Session 8

  • AOT Workshop
  • Class Presentations and Live Feedback

    Program Conclusion and Evaluations