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The Art of Success: How Extraordinary Artists Can Help You Succeed in Business and Life (Leonardo da Vinci Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The Art of Success takes one of the greatest examples of humanity - Leonardo da Vinci - and uses his life to explore what success really means, and how to achieve it in our own lives. In this way, the book provides a much needed paradigm shift in a world where we seem to define success too narrowly - leaving us greedy, covetous, dissatisfied and in poor health.
There are dozens of incredible insights here. The chapter on how to ‘read’ your body - to tell if you’re being true to yourself - is particularly revealing. Are you feeling tired, irritable, or depressed? If so, chances are it’s because you’re not living up to your true potential (or are hiding from it) - and you’re suffering as a result.
I especially love the chapter on how to reinvent yourself - no matter where you are in life, or what challenges you face. It made me think of people I most admire who do this - musicians like Bob Dylan, who is constantly reinventing himself. It made me feel good about some of the changes I’ve made in my own life - while inspiring me to do a whole lot more!
I also really love the emphasis on love in this book - from the first page to the last, the author reminds us that love and passion are key drivers of success. Love for family, for yourself, for nature, for your passions - because love equals energy, energy equals health… and energy and good health mean you will work hard, get things done, and achieve your own version of success. Without love, there can be no success - at anything.
I also love the short chapters here. Each one gives you an indelible (unforgettable) insight into success, what it should be, and how we should strive for it. Each chapter ends with a personal challenge - to think deeply, ask difficult questions of ourselves, and take action.
The reader is also asked to address some challenging questions. Is age a barrier to your success? What are you prepared to change in your life? How can you use negative experiences to fuel your motivation? What will passion do for you?
As well as insights from da Vinci’s brilliant example, the book also gives us dozens of insights from high-achievers in many different areas of life, like Vera Wang, Arianna Huffington, the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Oprah, Isabelle Allende, and many more.
This is such an inspiring book. Unlike most books on success and motivation, it really fuelled my desire to think closely about my own life, and to examine examples from my own life, especially around how I define success and what I’m striving for.
I was very interested by the author's (Cassandra's) account of Leonardo's life and the fantastic things he achieved. He certainly exemplified that age means nothing when you're determined. The thing that I liked was the multitude of Leonardo's, and other notable people's quotes throughout the book. I also liked the challenges the author put in each chapter that caused me to think about what she discussed.
I liked the authors discussion on "fantasia" which Leonardo practiced, and his ability to question the status quo. The book is conveniently divided into 8 principles of success. Each principle helps you empower various areas of your life from your work, relationships to your mind, plus 5 other critical keys.
With the many practical lessons and examples given, I found myself thinking clearer and more creatively about my life and future. It's hard not to be inspired and changed when you're reading about a man who positively changed the course of history. A very mind-energizing book.