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Vinci was one of the greatest geniuses

of all time he was a remarkable artist

architect scientist inventor engineer

chef and he also played musical

instruments at a professional level this

book provides seven principles you can

use to model another's creativity so you

can improve your own creativity expand

your mind and fulfill your true


introduction caliber talks about the

power of our brain the life of da Vinci

and the Renaissance period which was

characterized by creativity and

innovations it came up with these seven

principles by studying another's life

and work this book contains seven

exercises to help you unlock the genius

that is already within you you also have

genius ability just like Leonardo your

brain is much better than you think we

only use a fraction of our brains by

developing our creativity and purposely

working to improve our minds we can all

reach genius levels just like Leonardo

the Renaissance period was characterized

by creativity and inventions for example

the printing press the magnetic compass

the long-range Canon the mechanical

clock all of these inventions were

invented during the Renaissance period

one of the main catalysts of the

revolution was independent thinking or

the ability to question the conventions

of the time the ability to think

independently and creatively is becoming

extremely variable in our fast changing

world the 7 da Vinci n principles number

one curiosity' which is curiosity and


curious approach to life and an

unrelenting crust Oh continuous learning

the inada was always extremely curious

and was unrelenting in his quest to keep

learning and growing

he had his singular focus in his life he

searched for truth and beauty and had an

intense desire to understand how

everything worked from how a bird can

fly to why we see lightning before we

see thunder curiosity requires you to

ask great questions that are at the

heart of important quality of life

issues and then such intensely for

answers to develop curiosity' try these

exercises keep a journal

Leonardo recorded at least 7,000 pages

of notes during his lifetime he recorded

his thoughts ideas and sketches

basically whatever came to his mind his

notes included original plans for a

helicopter a parachute a bicycle a

snorkel folding furniture and many other

things used questions to guide and

structure your thinking the book gives

you details on how to brainstorm 100

questions then look at the emerging

trends from these hundred questions and

pick up the 10 most important questions

to you solve problems with the right

questions problem-solving is about

asking the right questions not finding

the right answers the simplest questions

often are the most profound instead of

asking why do we get water you should

ask how can we get the water to come to

us work on a team choose a team for the

day and record your observations teams

can be your emotions animals your health

your family etc write down in a journal

everything you observed that day

including your thoughts related to the

theme contemplation many of

are so busy doing things that we really

sit down and think about what our

passions are and how do we pursue them

set aside some uninterrupted time we sit

down and write in your journal set a

goal for how much time you will allocate

to this activity each day stream of

consciousness writing for ten minutes

write on every thought that comes to you

on a subject don't stop or censor or

edit yourself just keep writing whatever

comes to your mind most of your thoughts

will be gibberish but a few of them can

provide you with profound insights take

a break and review these notes after a

while looking for themes and looking for

more questions continuous learning the

book contains several other exercises

for example listing your ideal hobbies

learning a new language building your

own lexicon etc the main idea being that

we should develop our curiosity that

people born would be curious like a

child number two

demonstrates the honor which is

independent thinking a commitment to

test knowledge through experience

persistence and they willing to learn

from mistakes the best way to learn

anything is through first-hand

experience leonardo was brilliant in the

sense that he questioned the accepted

theories of his time by testing them

through first-hand experience he

developed his own insights he constantly

explored and experimented for example he

dissected the human body and animal

corpses to learn about Anatomy he also

rigorously challenged beliefs

assumptions and knowledge and constantly

examined his own work he scrutinized his

paintings by hearing them in a mirror

and examining the reverse of the

painting it took breaks to refresh his

judgment and studied his work from a

distance to see things from a broader


to develop originality and independent

thinking examine your experiences what

are some of the most influential

experiences of your life take 20 or 30

minutes and listen at least 7 along with

a one sentence summary about what you

learned from each experience select the

most influential experience and consider

how it shaped your attitudes and your

worldview analyze your beliefs and their

sources test them in the real world

choose a topic for instance religion

marriage or some other topic and list

three main ideas for each topic ask

yourself where these beliefs came from

your parents friends television or from

some other source examine your beliefs

and change them if they are not in your

best interest

explore different viewpoints with your

beliefs be different if you were born a

different gender race religion or

country build mental Defense analyze how

advertisers get you to buy their

products so that you can stay free from

the influence making a list of adverts

you like and list why you like them then

look at 10 recent purchases you made and

determine if you were influenced by the

adverts learn from mistakes and

adversity mistakes opportunities to grow

and improve but most of us feel bad

about making mistakes record what you've

been taught about mistakes for example

what did you learn at school about

making mistakes what did your parents

teach you about making mistakes what's

the biggest mistake you ever made and

what did you learn from it what mistakes

do you repeat ask yourself what I would

do differently if I had no fear of

making mistakes this is a stream of

consciousness writing exercise

this is where you just write without

thinking without the pen leaving the

page just right don't think in the book

there are many more exercises create

positive affirmations Leonardo had many

challenges in his life he used

affirmations to keep himself going in

your journal write on one affirmation

that will help you get past any

challenges in your life right now when

you create affirmations start with the

words I feel rather than I am number 3

since ASEAN refine your senses the

continual refinement of the senses

especially sight as the means to clarify

experience leonardo believed that you

experienced a better life when you fully

engage all your senses sight sound touch

smell and taste leonardo was so great

because of his combination of having an

open mind his willingness to learn from

first-hand experience and have an

uncanny visual acuity here are some

exercises that can help you make your

senses come alive practice silence go

through an entire day without talking

just listen you can spend your day

walking in the woods

hiking taking a walk on the beach or

whatever else you prefer completely

immerse yourself in the sounds of nature

really taking the songs this would

refresh your spirit study the lives and

works or your favourite artists make a

list of your favorite artists and then

do research on their work immersing

yourself in the study of their lives and

their work number 4 4 motto embrace

uncertainty the willingness to embrace

ambiguity paradox and uncertainty we

must embrace uncertainty in order to

have access to a full creative potential

the more we learn about something the

more we realize how little we know we

must be

student for life and constantly be

learning have an open mind that is

always questioning and always creative

leonardo had an outstanding ability to

welcome uncertainty and embrace

ambiguity which manifested through his

life and work and led to inventions and

discoveries that were centuries ahead of

his time number five art a science art

and science whole brain thinking the

development of the between science and

art logic and imagination leonardo

embraced whole brain thinking as a

society we have been reinforced to

separate left and right brain thinking

we usually hear when the visuals are

more left or right brain thinkers the

right brain is the artistic side and the

left brain is the scientific side the

truth is that we have one full brain not

two halves to fully experience the power

of our brain we need to use both sides

of our brain equally Leonardo pursued

both art and science he was ambidextrous

and would use one hand to write while

painting with the other one way to

improve your whole brain thinking is to

do a mind map the book contains

instructions on how to do this number

six copper a leta mind body care the

cultivation of grace and B dexterity

fitness and poise intelligence is

associated with having poor health

habits leonardo cared for his mind and

his body equally the brain consumes

about 30% of your oxygen therefore more

aerobic exercises equals more oxygen to

feed your brilliant brain and more

oxygen equals a higher capacity to

function number seven

kinesio nee interconnectedness a

recognition and appreciation for the


of all things and phenomena


fragmentation and specialization have

cut our Nissan's heart into little

pieces we've been trained to pay

attention to the little details rather

than the whole picture we forget that

everything is connected the smart method

of achieving goals is something you can

use to practice the wholeness and

interconnectedness make your goals smart

S stands for specific goals must be

clear and specific M stands for

measurable there must be a way to

measure if you are succeeding or failing

to reaching your goal a stands for

accountability be accountable to

yourself or others to achieve their goal

our stands for realistic reach for the

stars but also create goals within your

reach T stands for timeline goals have

an expiration date conclusion anyone can

live like Leonardo da Vinci the exercise

at the end of the book will help you

create a mastermind map for your life

this exercise will convince you that you

can think like Leonardo da Vinci