Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!

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April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519

Leonardo was an Italian polymath, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. Whew! Often described as the archetype of the renaissance man, Leonardo’s insatiable curiosity was rivaled only by his powerful imagination.

Now, ever wanted to THINK like da Vinci?

In Michael Gelb’s book, “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci” he states that we can all learn to think like Leonardo. Here are the seven principles outlined in the book that will bring you closer to genius à la da Vinci!

1. Curiosità: Take a curious approach to life.

2. Dimostrazione: Don’t just accept what others tell you; go see for yourself.

3. Sensazione: The continual refinement of the senses.

4. Sfumato: A willingness to embrace ambiguity.

5. Arte/Scienzia: Whole-brain thinking.

6. Corporalita: The cultivation of grace and fitness.

7. Connessione: The ability to see the connection between seemingly different things.

One of the best ways to integrate the genius of Leonardo into your everyday life is to adopt his habit of always carrying a journal.

Use it to scribble down anything that inspires you. This can be your  ideas, dreams, favorite quotes, poetry, observations,  sketches, photographs, etc.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering, the Sibyl ALWAYS keeps a moleskine journal or two on hand wherever she wanders…

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2 comments

  1. murray menzies

    Hi Sibyl,

    I’m a researcher looking for real likenesses of Leonardo, and wonder where the portrait you use came from and everything else you might know about it.

    I’d be eternally grateful if you could answer these questions,
    cheers,
    Murray

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