Saturday, August 15, 2009

How to Think Like a Creative Genius

Leonardo Da Vinci was an artist, sculptor, philosopher, inventor, engineer, scientist. He was arguably the greatest creative genius who ever lived and the “archetype of human potential,” according to Michael J. Gelb, author of a book I just read, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci.

His inventions and interests knew no boundaries--and surely we can learn from that!

To wit, here are 7 Da Vincian principles to start with, courtesy of Gelb's book...
1. Curiosita: Adopt an insatiably curious approach to life and begin an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.
2. Dimostrazione: Make a commitment to test your knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
3. Sensazione: Continually refine your senses, especially that of sight, as the means to enliven your experiences.
4. Sfumato (literally “Going Up in Smoke”): Be willing to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
5. Arte/Scienza: Strike a balance between science and art, logic and imagination. In other words, try to think with both the right (creative) and left (rational) sides of your brain.
6. Corporalita: Cultivate grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.
7. Connessione: Recognize and appreciate the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena (better known as "systems" thinking).

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