In his book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, Michael Gelb boils down da Vinci’s genius into seven ingredients and organizes them into a framework complemented with powerful exercises that are designed to help you develop your creativity and fully express your unique genius.
Let’s take a look at how Gelb has expressed Leonardo’s genius in seven principles:
1. CURIOSITA: 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: A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty. (Literally, “Going up in Smoke.”)
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.
Your Writing Prompt:
This week, ponder the seven principles of Leonardo da Vinci’s genius within the context of your own ingredients as a writer and creative.
Which one strikes you the most? Which one do you embody as a writer and creative person? Which one, if further developed, would help you burgeon and blossom? What is one thing you can start doing to make that happen?
Set your timer for ten minutes and write down what shows up in the form of both thoughts and emotions! And when you finish writing, come back here and post your piece in the comments. I’d love to read it!
“For in truth, great love is born of great knowledge of the thing loved.”
~ LEONARDO DA VINCI