Practices, Reflections

Michael Gelb – How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci is recognized as one of the greatest geniuses of all time. He excelled in many areas such as the creation of the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and other classic works. Besides art, Leonardo was an architect, mathematician, philosopher, and military planner. In How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Michael Gelb reviews and explains Leonardo's notebooks, inventions, and works of art. He introduces readers to the Seven da Vincian Principles, essential elements of genius that can be developed. The book is a collection of illustrations, passages and exercises designed to stimulate anyone's awareness of their own creativity.

Below are the seven principles … buy the book and workbook to begin embracing your creative side. If you already feel creative you may want to read Gelb’s Discover Your Genius: How to Think Like History’s Ten Most Revolutionary Minds.

  • Curiosita / Curiosity – Are you asking the right questions?
  • Dimostrazione / Experience – How can you improve your ability to learn from your mistakes and experiences? How can you develop your independence of thought?
  • Sensazione / Senses – What is your plan for sharpening your senses as you age?
  • Sfumato / "Going up in smoke" – How can you strengthen your ability to hold creative tension, to embrace the major paradoxes of life?
  • Arte/Scienza / Balance or "whole-brain" thinking – Are you balancing art and science, logic and imagination at home and work?
  • Corporalita / Fitness and Poise – How are you nurturing body, mind, and spirit?
  • Connceeione / Connection – How do all the above elements fit together in your life? How does everything connect to everything else?