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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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"A brilliant, practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability."—Ted Hughes, author of Birthday Letters
"Buy it. Read it! Live it!"—Tony Buzan, author of The Book of Genius and The Mind Map Book
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Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, who has helped thousands of people expand their minds to accomplish more than they ever thought possible, shows you how. Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces Seven Da Vincian Principles--the essential elements of genius--from "curiosita, the insatiably curious approach to life to "connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as your inspiration, you will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. And step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, you will harness the power--and awesome wonder--of your own genius, mastering such life-changing abilities as:
Enjoying the world around you
Goal setting and life balance
Harmonizing body and mind
Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, introduces seven Da Vincian principles, the essential elements of genius, from curiosita, the insatiably curious approach to life, to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as their inspiration, readers will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking.
Step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, anyone can harness the power and awesome wonder of their owngenius, mastering such life-changing skills as problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind. --
- Publisher : Dell; Revised edition (February 8, 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0440508274
- ISBN-13 : 978-0440508274
- Item Weight : 1.04 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #25,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As soon as I began reading this excellent book I knew I would love it. As a voracious reader interested in a wide range of topics and activities Leonardo Da Vinci has also been one of my favorite early thinkers. This book is organized into three parts and covers the following material: Part one: your brain is much better than you think, learning from Leonardo, a practical approach to genius, the renaissance, then and now, the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, and major accomplishments. Part two: The seven Da Vancian principles, which provides guidance and various suggestions how to develop an inquiring intellect. The final part explains a beginner’s guide to da Vinci drawing course, rebirth of a dream and a Leonardo Da Vinci chronology. This excellent book is filled with numerous intellectual exercises to increase your creative and unique intelligence skills.
If you are a seeker of knowledge this is a must book for your personal library. There is also a “How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci workbook” by the author which is a companion volume to this book. I liked this book so much I also ordered the companion book at this time,
Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Author: Never trust a politician: A critical review of politics and politicians).
If you want to bring more innovation, creativity, balance, diversity, and genius to any project or vision-making you will want to have Michael’s book by your side. It will help you to use your full brain-power (both left and right sides), utilize all your senses, the three intelligences of your mind, heart, and gut, not to mention opening you up to connection to the infinite intelligence.
This is a book filled with knowledge, inspiration, beauty, magic, and mastery. One to have by your side before undertaking any creative challenge. And if you have the opportunity to join Michael live at one of his workshops, I would jump at it.
The mind mapping exercises are incredibly helpful. As I navigated my career path, they offered me tools to articulate interests and strengths and draw connections, deep below the surface. The book’s exercises focusing on growth mindset, diverse skill development and unlocking potential are reflective, specific, and engaging.
The global pandemic drove me back to this book and da Vinci’s principles, particularly sfumato and dimostrazione.
SFUMATO is defined as a willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty. The lessons of sfumato have served me well and helped me hang on to hope during this disorienting time.
DIMONSTRAZIONE is defined as a commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence and a willingness to learn from mistakes. The book offers great encouragement around independent thinking and the ability to change our point of view based on evidence and experience.
I’m so grateful for the wisdom Michael Gelb has gifted us with How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.
Here’s a poem I wrote during quarantine, inspired by the book...
Chaos around me, I run, walk and crawl
Finding my footing within the cave walls
Groups shout from all sides as I venture alone
Contending with smoke of the shapeless unknown
I strain as I scan for an exit ahead
Say a prayer for conviction to go where I’m led
Imagining a day when I’ll bound through a door
Feel collective rejoicing as order’s restored
Then I sit in my memories of ambiguous times
See the gifts of dark forests and uncertain climbs
It was there in the contrasts and shadows my hope
Built up the resistance to tolerate smoke
May 18, 2020