Course Description

NOTE :: Originally a Barnes U Noble University online course I completed Dec. 2001, immediately after the 9-11 tragedy.

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If you want to develop your unique talents and inborn creativity but don’t know where to start, this class will set you on the right track. Lesson 1 is written by Michael Gelb, whose How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Everyday Genius and its companion workbook are used as course texts. In stimulating lessons packed with fun exercises, you’ll explore the seven da Vincian principles: curiosity, experience, sensory refinement, ambiguity, physical fitness, and connection. In the process, you’ll uncover your own genius.


The desire to develop your own genius


  • Recapture the joyful curiosity of your childhood
  • Discover your unique talents
  • Find your passion
  • Unite your body, mind, and spirit
  • Meet your challenges with new confidence
  • Enhance your inspiration and intuition


Michael J. Gelb is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb brings more than 20 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader, and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

Course Materials:

How to Think like Leonardo Davinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Dayimage001

Genius is made, not born. And human beings are gifted with an almost unlimited potential for learning and creativity. Now you can uncover your own hidden abilities, sharpen your senses, and liberate your unique intelligence — by following the example of the greatest genius of all time, Leonardo da Vinci.


image002 The How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci Workbook: Your Personal Companion to How to Think like Leonardo Da Vinci

In the bestselling tradition of The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal, The Simple Abundance Journal of Gratitude and The Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Workbook comes The How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook — the companion volume to Michael Gelb’s 1998 Delacorte hardcover bestseller.

Additional Materials:

image004 Mindmapping: Your Personal Guide to Exploring Creativity and Problem-Solving
Readers can finally break down the blocks that hinder free thinking and discover their vast stores of innovative ideas involving whole-brain thinking techniques presented here.


image006 Spiritual Insights into the Genius of Leonardo Da Vinci: A Dialogue between Michael J. Gelb and Deepak Chopra, M.D.
In this engaging audio program, the spirtual insights and genius of Leonardo da Vinci make for a lively dialogue between Michael J. Gelb and Deepak Chopra, M.D.


image007Frames of Mind
Hailed by educators throughout the world, Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences has been applied in hundreds of classrooms and school districts since Frames of Mind was first published in 1983. Gardner challenges the widely held notion that intelligence is a single general capacity possessed by every individual to a greater or lesser extent. Amassing a wealth of evidence, Gardner posits the existence of a number of intelligences that ultimately yield a unique cognitive profile for each person.

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