For example, to develop curiosity, one of the exercises has you ask people you respect to assess your strengths and weaknesses and to offer ways in which you could improve. Uncomfortable? Probably, for both parties. But if you're not curious about how others perceive you, you've closed off entire corridors leading toward self-knowledge and self-improvement. In the section on knowledge and experience, Gelb has you write down each new word you come across, along with its definition, and practice using it as often as you can. Da Vinci, he says, recorded 9,000 words this way. As Gelb notes in his introduction, this isn't a book that can be fully used up in a week or even a year; it could take 10 years to perform all these exercises. It would take months just to listen to the 10 greatest pieces of classical music he lists in the section on sensual refinement, and then listen to them played by different orchestras and conductors to distinguish subtle differences in interpretation. And, certainly, the simmeringly sensual recipes listed in that same section could lead to some very cozy evenings over the course of a lifetime. --Lou Schuler
I don't know, but I already apply a lot of these principles in my own life already.
I was looking for something to share with my daughter for her Home school projects but fell in love with this book and workbook for myself instead!
This is an excellent workbook that is a must purchase if you have bought the book How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci.
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I love Gelb's approach to helping readings become more balanced human beings.Published 4 months ago by Dorothy H. Patent
Love it so much that I bought everything else Gelb has written!Published 4 months ago by Deborah Carlin
Michel Gelb is an interesting writer and thinker. This book has quite a bit of overlap with his other book (How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci) - but after all , it is a companion... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rosina Hassoun
New book. Interesting read. Nice to see inside of some of the things he was doing and the way he investigated his ideas.Published 10 months ago by D. Glen Jackson
This is an amazing book. The excericises and ideas contain here really make one think. Some I have incorporated into my life, some I am busy learning, but this is not a book you... Read morePublished 15 months ago by jjat
Everyone else wanted a copy of the workbook--great, but too expensive for my classrooms of 120+ rowdy high school students.Published 16 months ago by Phillip Pitchford
Although an interesting book, would not recommend to a friend. The suggestions the author made just didn't make sense for me.Published 19 months ago by Mirage
Rather than looking through the book to find the exercises they are all in one place in this convenient book. Great value too.Published 21 months ago by Angela Hunter
I felt that the workbook to accompany How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci was a waste of money and that a spiral notebook would have been just as efficient and not so intimidating.Published on March 16, 2013 by Lady in the Pink House