The 7 Leonardo da Vinci Principles
A genius of geniuses!
1452-1519. He was a prolific painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He was the most diversely talented person to ever live. Many of his concepts would become inventions centuries later. How did Leonardo da Vinci become such a genius? What were the principles he followed? Genius is the ability to translate the complex into the simple so the average person can relate and appreciate. Da Vinci had a unquenchable and burning desire for knowledge and respected those he could learn from. He sought out different perspectives. He learned from children and adults alike. He fell in love with learning and nurtured his intellectual and emotional intelligences. He sought feedback to find his blind spots and he dared to know the unknowns about himself. He acknowledged his mistakes and learned from them. He questioned conventional wisdom and authority. He persevered in the face of obstacles and viewed adversity as an opportunity for growth. His knowledge came from his perceptions. He marveled at the beauty of nature and the universe. He created mental images and developed the ability to describe them in details. He pictured things clearly in his mind. He was an open-minded skeptic. Anyone can become a genius by developing his following 7 principles.
Curiosity – insatiable curious approach to life
Knowledge – knowledge testing through experience, perspective and willingness to learn from mistakes
Improvement – continuous refinement of the senses as a means to enliven experience
Willingness – willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty
Balance – development of the balance between art and science, logic and imagination, whole brain thinking, the conscious and the uncouncious
Grace – cultivation of grace, ambidexterity and poise
System – system thinking – appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena
Be blessed and a blessing to others
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx