Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Everyday


Thanks To Muri Groff for sharing this summary with me from Michael Gelb’s book – I’m going to go and buy this and also start drawing again:)

“It was with the idea of finding the principles underlying Leonardo’s limitless creativity that I began my work on the book you are now holding in your hands. The seven principles I eventually identified were simply my attempt to write the how-to guide that Leonardo never put down on paper, to codify the principles implicit in Leonardo’s work so that they can be used by others. I feel very strongly that the genius of Leonardo resides not just in what he created by in what he can inspire us to create. Beyond all his stellar achievements, Leonardo da Vinci serves as a global archetype of human potential, giving us intimations of what we ourselves may be capable of doing.”

~ Michael Gelb from How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

The Seven Principals:

1. Curiosità — An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

2. Dimonstratzione — A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.

3. Sensazione — The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to clarify experience.

4. Sfumato (literally ‘Going up in Smoke’)—A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.

5. Arte/Scienza — The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. ‘Whole-brain thinking.’

6. Corporalita—The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.

7. Connessione — A recognition and appreciation for the connectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.

“For Leonardo, drawing was much more than illustration; it was the key to understanding creation. So for aspiring Da Vincians, learning to draw is the best way to begin to learn to see and create.”

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