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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day Paperback – February 8, 2000
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Here's a personal growth guidebook that's won the admiration and recommendation of Ted Hughes, Poet Laureate of England. He calls this "a brilliant, practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability." Author Michael Gelb, founder of High Performance Learning and consultant for companies including AT&T and National Public Radio, says that we all can unlock the "da Vincian" genius inside us. Gelb says there are seven critical principles that need to be followed for success, whether you're learning a new language, studying to be a gourmet chef, or just hoping to be more effective on the job:
- Curiosita: An insatiably curious approach to life.
- Dimonstratzione: A commitment to test knowledge through experience.
- Sensazione: The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience.
- Sfumato: A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
- Arte/Scienza: The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination ("whole-brain thinking").
- Corporalita: The cultivation of ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.
- Connessione: A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness of all things and phenomena; "systems thinking."
Gelb discusses each of these principles in relation to what da Vinci accomplished, thereby giving this book a built-in history lesson. The illustrations from the master's work and time add a nice warmth to the work. As the president of NPR said after working with Gelb, this is a program recommended for "anyone who wants to experience a personal and professional Renaissance." --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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Founder and president of the High Performance Learning Center, Gelb, in seminars and workshops and now in this book, offers "the Seven Da Vincian Principles" for learning how to approach life like a genius. He uses Leonardo's native Italian language to label these principles: "curiosita" (curiosity and continuous learning), "dimostrazione" (learning from experience), "sensazione" (sensory awareness), "sfumato" (accepting and embracing uncertainty), "arte/scienza" (balancing art and science, or "whole-brain" thinking), "corporalita" (physical fitness and ambidexterity) and "connessione" (seeing the interconnectedness of everything). Gelb provides discussion of each principle in relation to Leonardo's work, questions for reader "self-assessment," exercises and even notes for parents to apply the principles to child-rearing and teaching. His view reflects the current trend in working with "multiple intelligences" and creativity, and is similar to the approach outlined in Todd Siler's Think Like a Genius (1997). The Renaissance mood Gelb successfully invokes, however, adds a unique richness to this deeper, more expansive work. Illustrations. Editor, Tom Spain; agent, Muriel Nellis.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audible Audio Edition edition.
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I've always been fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci. Michael Gelb skillfully presented that it's possible to get closer to Leonardo's genius in the modern, fast-paced world. Writing with my left hand in a mirrored manner, keeping a journal on a day-to-day basis, asking questions about every trivial thing around, these are just a few things that started to enrich my life.
I am grateful for this book, because it is a great encyclopedia of personal development and growth. For the amount of practical, useful things you can strive for developing, this book has earned the status of a must-reread for life.
My opinion changed with this book. Michael Gelb established himself as a coleader in the field of enhancing one's whole brain faculties. In this book, he touches on so many different perspectives and techniques to develop your thinking abilities that I have to think of him as a real innovator.
Woops, I forgot the maestro himself, Leonardo Da Vinci, did it all a half millenium ago.
This fact does not detract from the book or Michael Gelb at all. Michael Gelb's fascination with Leonardo's superior faculties in everything is really contagious. Did you know that Leonardo was a world class entertainer, cook, and musician. He played a number of musical instruments very proficiently. He was apparently quite the athlete as a younger man. Through Michael Gelb's description, Leonardo seemed rather unreal, at least compared to any contemporary human being. Nevertheless, Leonardo comes accross so vividly. Thus, from both a cultural and historical standpoint, this portrayal of Leonardo is very interesting.
Another interesting aspect of the book, is a well developed drawing course in the second half of the book. I did these exercises. They were fun to do, and I discovered I could draw reasonably well. This was a fun surprise. You probably will surprise yourself too, unless you know already that you are an excellent artist.