How to become your best adult self

with Julie Lythcott-Haims
“Life awaits. I want to help you get over the hurdles,” shares Julie Lythcott-Haims, a former dean of freshmen at Stanford. Launching your adult life and feeling a little stuck? Or maybe you have ideas about your path forward that don't match the expectations of others. With empathy and honesty, Julie shares stories and practical strategies to build a future that fits you and all you can offer to the world.
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What you’ll learn

Week 1

  • Expanding your understanding of what it means to be an adult
  • Reevaluating your beliefs about how to measure success in adulthood
  • Understanding and applying growth mindset to common adult challenges
  • Defining and appreciating the importance of good character

Week 2

  • Reflecting on your talents, dreams and identities
  • Identifying where you feel belonging
  • Strategies you can use when you feel stuck
  • Having tough conversations with friends and family

Week 3

  • Strategies to build healthy relationships
  • Turning strangers into acquaintances and friends
  • Lining up support you can rely upon during times of grief and loss

Week 4

  • Identifying work that blends what you are good at and what you love and value
  • Describing steps you can take if you want to change your current career path
  • Different ways you can show up for the issues that you care about

What you’ll get

  • 2-5 video teaching segments/week (50-60 minutes total)
  • 3-4 individual activities/week (12-16 total)
  • 1 virtual live event/week (attendance is optional)
  • Community discussions, polls and chat
  • Support from a TED Courses facilitator
  • Carefully curated related resources from TED
  • PDF course workbook
  • After the course, access to an archive of course videos, activities and curated resources

To get the most out of the course,

plan to spend at least one hour each week–longer, if you plan to explore the optional curated resources or join the virtual live event.

Here’s what learners are saying about this course:

"This is a wonderful way to learn from the perspective of others."
"This is a really good value, given all the resources that are provided throughout the course."

About Julie

Julie is an author, speaker, and activist focused on helping humans find their true north. At its core, her work is about the obstacles that prevent us from being our most authentic selves and how to overcome them. She offers us all an invitation to grow deeper—to continuously return to and strengthen our voice, values, meaning and joy.

Julie holds degrees from Stanford, Harvard Law, and California College of the Arts. She started off as a corporate lawyer, a career pathway she admits she originally sought out to gain approval from others. She quickly realized that work was not for her and began working with students in higher education, becoming the Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University. Later, she added “writer” to her list of accomplishments.

She is the New York Times bestselling author of parenting guide How to Raise an Adult and her TED Talk on the same subject has been viewed more than 6 million times. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which describes her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. Her third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, has been called a “groundbreakingly frank” guide to adulthood. 

Julie lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her partner of over thirty years, their itinerant young adults and her mother.

To learn more about Julie and her work, visit


Sign up now for the four-week course
starting on
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$ 49.00 USD
Enroll today