Learning from Your Mistakes: Ashesi and Thinking Like a Genius!

I was happy to see this message on Ashesi’s website. A brief article outlining what happened in the beginning of June, when Ashesi servers went offline and we became very difficult to reach. What happened? What did we do? What have we learned?

Today, I am launching my short summer course at Ashesi, just three afternoons for a small group of freshmen (or are you now sophomores?) The course is humbly called Think Like a Genius! and is modelled on Michael J. Gelb’s book “How to think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day”. Interestingly the second of those seven steps is the willingness to learn from mistakes… What is that? You want to know the other steps? Alright. Here is an overview:


Approaching life with insatiable curiosity and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning


Committing to test knowledge through experience, persistence and a willingness to learn from mistakes


Continually refining the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience


Embracing ambiguity, paradox, and uncertaint


Balancing science and art, logic and imagination – ‘whole-brain thinking’


Cultivating grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise


Recognizing and appreciating the interconnectedness of all things – ‘systems thinking’


For the full shebang on how to Think Like a Genius!, read the book or attend the course!


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  1. Thanks for sharing Kajsa. My interest is piqued.
    Learning from mistakes is a crucial aspect of our lives. For me, I sometimes fail to identify them, especially when I take things for granted.
    Perhaps video recordings of subsequent lectures can be uploaded on YouTube? TedxAshesi style!

  2. Sharing video online is a nice idea, will look into it for our next Think Like a Genius course…this one is less a lecture and more a workshop, not sure how to record thatin a way that is interesting also for those who weren’t there. But will think about it! Thank you!