The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci
Here is a list of DaVinci’s major accomplishments:
“Leonardo The Artist”: he transformed the direction of art. He was the pioneer for many different ideas and methods in the art world.
“Leonardo The Architect”: a major focus in general principles of design.
“Leonardo The Inventor”: made plans for a flying machine, helicopter, parachute, and many other marvels including the extendable ladder, 3 speed gear shift, machine for cutting screw heads, bicycle, adjustable monkey wrench, snorkel, hydraulic jacks, revolving stage, etc… More than any single invention, DaVinci deserves credit for pioneering the concept of automation.
“Leonardo the Military Engineer”: he made plans for weapons that would be deployed 400 years later including the armored tank, machine gun, mortar, guided missile, and submarine.
“Leonardo The Scientist”: Significant contributions in Anatomy, Botany, Geology and Physics
The Seven Da Vinci – Principles
Curiosita DaVinci had an intense desire to understand the essence of things. This led him to developing of such an investigative, curious lifestyle. DaVinci noted that is also a good idea to go away and relax from your work so when you come back, your judgement will more clear. The questions that engage our thought on a daily basis reflect our life purpose and influence the quality of our lives. By developing an open mind, we can broaden our universe and improve our ability to travel through it.
Leonardo’s notebooks demonstrate his curiosità.
Dimostrazione “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” Learning to think like DaVinci requires eye opening work of questioning our own opinions, Create Affirmations – Strengthen your resilience like DaVinci by writing out affirmations to inspire you in dealing with your greatest challenges. Some examples of DaVinci’s affirmations are: “I do not depart from my furrow”, “Obstacles do not bend me”, “Every obstacle is destroyed through rigor”, “I shall continue”, “I never tire of being useful”.
A commitment to test knowledge through, experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.
Sensazione The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience.
LISTENING AND HEARING Layered Listening – Once or twice each day, pause for a few moments and listen to the sounds around you. Peel back the different layers of sound in your head. Listen For Silence – practice listening for the space between sounds Practice Silence – experiment with a day of silence.
AROMATIC AWARENESS Avoid general descriptions of scents like “that smells good” or “that stinks”. Think about the smells and use a wider vocabulary in your aromatic descriptions.
TOUCHING AND FEELING “The secret of sensitive “feeling” touch is an attitude of receptivity, learning to “listen” deeply with your hands and whole body.”
SYNESTHESIA Synesthesia – the merging of the senses.
Sfumato Incubation and Intuition – DaVinci said “the greatest geniuses sometimes accomplish more when they work less.” Incubation is most effective when you alternate, as DaVinci did, between periods of intense, focused work and rest. Without periods of intense, focused work, there is nothing to be incubated. Take Time for Solitude and Relaxation. A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty.
Arte/Scienza Whole-Brain thinking. The development of the balance between art and science, logic and imagination. Left Brain: Logical, analytical thinking. Right Brain: Imaginative, big picture thinking.
“Study the science of art and the art of science.” Leonardo DaVinci
Corporalita The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Balancing the body and the mind.
Connessione recognizing and appreciating that all phenomena are connected.
Make all your goals SMART: S- Specific. M- Measurable. A- Accountability. R- Realistic and Relevant. T- Time Line.