Over 500 years after his birth in 1452, Leonardo da Vinci is still considered to be one of the most influential and inspiring archetypes of the human potential.
Like many others, I’ve admired his paintings, drawings, notebooks, inventions, and pure creativity. I’ve wondered what his secrets were in being able to so easily access a seemingly limitless supply of pure genius and wanted to know if I too could do the same.
Thankfully, Michael J. Gelb has written the how to guide for the underlining principles of da Vinci’s creativity.
In “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day,” Gelb tells us that “genius is made, not born” and then goes onto clearly detailing seven attributes implicit in Leonardo’s work. Such results to cultivating high caliber genius consist of practicing core principles of genius like:
- Curiosita — having an unrelenting curiosity towards life
- Dimonstratzione — the willingness to learn from one’s mistakes
- Sensazione — continual refinement of all your senses,
- Sfumato — willingness to embrace uncertainty
- Arte/Scienza — the development of “whole-brain thinking”
- Corporalita — broadening the ability to be more graceful, poised, fit, and ambidextrous
- Connessione — recognizing the connectedness of all thing
Not only does Gelb list the above fundamentals, but he also goes into wonderful detail describing the elements to da Vinci’s approach in learning how to cultivate your own creative intelligence. Additionally, there are many thought-provoking and life-changing exercises to get your creative mind into full action as well — which makes this book as must read for anyone wanting a boost in creative IQ.
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