How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

I bought and read the book “How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci” more than 10 years ago and it’s fascinating to have remembered it again by way of John Authers’ column on Financial Times. We all know what kind of a genius Da Vinci was, and wonder how could such a man have been great at so many things?

Michael Gelb, the author of the book, listed down Da Vinci’s seven principles:

  1. Curiosita (Curiosity)
    An insatiably curious approach to life and unrelenting quest for learning.
  2. Dimonstrazione (Demonstration)
    A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence and willingness to learn from mistakes.
  3. Sensazione (Sensation)
    Continual refinement of senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.
  4. Sfumato
    A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty. (Try to reduce the number of times you see things as an absolute, and reduce words such as totally, always).
  5. Arte/Scienza (Arts & Science)
    Development of the balance between science, art, logic and imagination.
  6. Corporalita
    Cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise.
  7. Connessione (Connections)
    Recognition and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena.