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Think like Leonardo da Vinci

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Think like Leonardo da Vinci
By Niall Maher • Issue #13 • View online
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” - Leonardo da Vinci

Recursive Leonardo
Recursive Leonardo
One of my favourite books is Leonardo da Vinci.
“Leonardo da Vinci” offers new insights into one of human history’s most prominent creators while also showing us how we can apply some skills he mastered, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation -and an imagination so playful it flirted with fantasy to our own lives.
In this issue, I want to give you three lessons or takeaways that you can use in your own life to think.
Record everything
The more you record, the better!
The best way to get creative ideas flowing is by taking time out of your day and recording what’s going through your mind. Whether it be a thought or an experience, write everything down so there are no gaps in memories later on when trying to recall events from weeks ago.
Recording our thoughts has been shown as one method that can help increase creativity levels because these recordings give people access to their minds; they become aware of how many hours were wasted or used when revisiting the day with a pen.
You might never know when those thoughts and ideas might be helpful to you or someone else again, just like the thoughts of Leonardo helped craft and shape the book.
Learn from different fields
I have never heard of someone with such a broad knowledge base.
Leonardo learned from theoretical training and had a broad range of technical skills, including drafting, chemistry, metallurgy, metalworking, plaster casting, leatherworking, mechanics, woodwork, and the artistic skills of drawing, and painting sculpting that he is most famous for.
We learn that some of his most significant breakthroughs, no matter the field, was inspired by his knowledge from a completely different study area.
This isn’t just having a general knowledge of lots of things but taking the time to deep dive into topics, to deepen our understanding of the world and ourselves.
We can’t know what we don’t know.
Be curious.
Be patient; learning and mastery take time.
I think now more than ever, and it’s essential to slow down with our diminishing attention spans.
We hope we can watch a “Learn X in 60 minutes” video and be done with it.
Unfortunately, knowledge only becomes useful when we start to apply it.
Take the time to practice and understand the things you learn.
Reading vs Applying
Reading vs Applying
Leonardo became an apprentice at 17, but it wasn’t until his late 40’s that he became a prominent artist recognised for his work.
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