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Adrian Michael Gritz

Application Developer Analyst IV

(352) 273-1810



Certified Tiny Habits and Heroic Coach

Adrian has spent 15+ years of his career studying and applying the science of behavior design, energy, antifragility, happiness, learning, and leadership. He has served as a leader on and off campus, giving TED-style talks, coaching clients, and creating The Fundamentals Guide website and Academy.

Application Developer Analyst IV

Adrian has spent 15+ years as an application developer at the University of Florida. He has built everything from educational games and business apps to content management system themes and analytical dashboards. He has also served as a leader in several IT initiatives on campus.

Books Read


Summaries Read


Hours Learning


Expertise & Interests

Behavior Design & Habits
Antifragility & Resilience
Positive Psychology
Happiness, Well-being, & Wholebeing
Learning & Expertise
Frontend Frameworks


I have spent 40% of my career as a frontend developer. JavaScript, AngularJS, and React.


I have spent 40% of my career as a backend developer. PHP, C#, API’s, and WordPress.


I have spent 20% of my career as a database developer. Oracle, MySQL, and MSSQL.

Certified Heroic Coach



101 Classes




Master Classes


A scientifically validated 300-day program to activate your Heroic potential WHILE learning how to empower “others” to do the same so we can change the world together- starting with you and me and all of us – TODAY.

Imagine me distilling the absolute best wisdom from 600+ Philosophers’ Notes, 1,500+ Heroic +1s, and 50 Optimal Living 101 classes into one super-practical curriculum to help you fundamentally and permanently change your life.

Brian Johnson
CEO of Heroic

Certified Tiny Habits Coach

Fogg Behavior Model

B=MAP, Motivation – PAC Person, Motivation Wave, Motivation Vectors, Ability – PAC Person, Ability Chain, Prompts – PAC Person.


Swarm of Behaviors, Spectrum of Automaticity, The Skills of Change, The Behavior Change Masterplan, Power Zone Model.

Fogg Maxims

1) Help people do what they already want to do. 2) Help people feel successful.

Tiny Habits

Starter Step, Scale Back, Anchors, Recipe: After I x, I WILL y, Pearl Habits, Rehearsal, Celebration, Celebrating to feel Shine.


Troubleshooting a behavior, Magic Wanding, Focus Mapping, Discovery & Breakthrough Questions, Design Flow: Easier to do.

Steps in Behavior Design

Clarify the Aspiration, Explore Behavior Options, Match with Specific Behaviors, Start Tiny, Find a Good Prompt, Celebrate Successes, Troubleshoot, Iterate, and Expand.

The Fundamentals Guide

Embark on a transformative journey to master the fundamentals of Behavior Design, Energy, Antifragility, Masterpiece Days, and Happiness so that you can unlock your infinite potential and craft a masterpiece life.

Bachelors in Psychology (GPA 4.0)

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Careers in Psychology
  • Lab Methods in Psychology
  • Research In Psychology
  • Applied Psychology Graduate Study
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Social Psychology & Social Issues
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Individual Work – Writing in Psychology TA
  • Writing in Psychology
  • Personality Psychology

Masters In Happiness Studies - The Science of Wellbeing (GPA 4.0)

The course explores happiness through the lens of wholeperson wellbeing (wholebeing). Drawing on psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, economics, theology, literature and other disciplines, this survey course focuses on each of the five dimensions of wellbeing: Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Relational, and Emotional (SPIRE). The course is both theoretical, providing an overview of the twelve principles that define wholebeing, as well as practical, providing tools and techniques for helping individuals and groups pursue and attain higher levels of wellbeing.

Facilitating Happiness focuses primarily on tools and techniques that can help individuals and groups increase levels of wellbeing. The course introduces the topic of change, followed by twelve lectures, each delving into a particular technique or set of techniques. Each of the lectures introduces the science behind a particular technique and then provides concrete steps that you can take to make a meaningful difference in your life and the life of others. To gain a deeper grasp of the material, beyond understanding the theory, it is essential that you experiment with, and apply, the tools and techniques in your life.

This short and intensive course provides students with a technical foundation as well as a psychological foundation for the entire program. In terms of the technical foundation, students will learn to navigate through the syllabus, understand the ins-and-outs of the Learning Management System (LMS) and become familiar with the building blocks of each course. In terms of the psychological foundation, students will learn a set of particular tools and techniques, as well as some general approaches, that will accompany them and help them grow throughout the program. The two-week course includes a fair amount of preparation that primarily includes reading texts, experimenting with various practices, and watching online lectures.

This course explores how philosophy, considered the mother of all disciplines, informs the study of happiness. Each week, students delve into a seminal philosophical text and with the help of complementary material explore its relevance for personal and societal wellbeing. The texts that students read each week are roughly associated with one of the twelve principles; however, given the interconnectedness of all things, each text sheds light on the different elements of happiness, on wholebeing.

Stories, throughout history and in every civilization, have moved individuals and nations—inspired real and meaningful change. Each week throughout the course students watch a film and then closely read a poem and a short story—all relating to one of the twelve wholebeing principles. The course explores ways that can help individuals and groups better understand, pursue and attain happiness.

In this course students get to apply as well as deepen their understanding of much of what they’ve learned in previous courses. The focus will be on bringing together reflection and action (ReflAction) for the purpose of personal and collective transformation—for students to help themselves become happier, as well as for students to learn how to help others do the same. Students will spend an average of 80 minutes each day engaged in individual as well as group activities that cultivate the SPIRE elements, including but not limited to the following: Meditation, Goal-setting, Yoga, Physical exercise, Breathwork, Different forms of journaling, Reminders.

This course explores seven disciplines—Economics, Business, History, Religion, Education, Biology and Music—through the lens of fourteen influential thinkers. The work of each of the thinkers is integrative, in that it brings together theory and practice, different aspects of their chosen discipline, as well as different elements of SPIRE. They have shaped and continue to shape their discipline, while contributing both breadth and depth to our understanding of wholebeing.

This course introduces participants to evidence-based coaching techniques that fall into a number of coaching approaches, including Positive Psychology Coaching, Appreciative Coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Coaching, and more. Throughout the course students will experiment with the different methodologies and ultimately formulate their own coaching approach—one that they can apply to helping themselves and others reach higher levels of wholebeing.

Contact And Other Resources

University of Florida
Warrington College of Business
Information Technology Support Programs
Bryan Hall 225F

(352) 273-1810