Davinci's Genius Habits
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Leonardo DaVinci's Genius Habits

Inspiring practices every artist, scientist, and inventor can apply and benefit from in their own lives today.

Updated 12/12/15

Known for his mischievously smirking Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci was not only a great artist, but a scientist and inventor as well. His creative genius is chronicled through his art and journals and research reveals him to be a true Renaissance man and far ahead of his time. He's inspired generations of creative thinkers, artists, inventors, and innovators.

This series, DaVinci's Genius Habits, is based on the seven principles in Michael Gelb's How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, and explores DaVinci's methods and habits related to his accomplishments.

Each installment below offers practical advice on applying these principles to enhance your own creative life today. Gelb's book and the accompanying DaVinci workbook is highly recommended for deeper study and application.

DaVinci's Habits (Series):

Use Both Sides of Your Brain
Davinci made the most of using the left- and right-sides of his brain, inspiring today's use of mind mapping techniques.

Be Open to Experience
Davinci's genius was enhanced by his willingness to be open to anything and embracing ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty.

Leap into Experiences
Davinci jumped right into the moment of his experiences (where the real power of now is), challenging long-standing beliefs and opinions.

Take Care of Your Body
Davinci knew his body was a strong house for his creativity and took care of it by practicing the cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise.

Awaken Your Senses
Davinci's continuous refinement of his five senses enhanced his ability to work and think.

See the Connection in Everything
Davinci's appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things enabled him to see and use the larger picture to his advantage.

Be Curious About...Everything!
DaVinci cultivated an insatiably curious approach to life, reflected in his art and inventions.

Leonardo DaVinci Online: Interactive Museum Exhibits, Art Galleries, Journals and Inventions

If you would like to get more acquainted with Leonardo da Vinci's life and work, these online destinations offer interactive presentations and learning, rich visual galleries of his work, sketches, and journals. If you know of a resource we can add, please send a note.

BBC Science: Learn About Leonardo da Vinci (Archived An interactive journey through da Vinci's life (1452-1519) and works to discover what made him a true Renaissance man. Includes a picture gallery of famous masterpieces (including the Mona Lisa), timeline, and free computer desktop wallpaper to download.

Museum of Science & Technology: Leonardo da Vinci
A nine-part Leonardo exhibit that includes a gallery, his machines in VRML, manuscripts, and interactive movie on his Mechanical Weaving Loom.

MOS: Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist
An information-rich resource from the Boston Museum of Science featuring four categories of da Vinci exploration: Leonardo at the Museum, Exploring Leonardo, Renaissance Man, and a Multimedia Zone.

Leonardo and The Horse
A project fulfilling Leonardo's great horse sculpture proposal — 500 years later. "The goals of this project are to honor the genius of Leonardo and pay homage to him by building a colossal horse based on his drawings."

Leonardo da Vinci @Wikipedia
An encapsulated summary of da Vinci's personal and professional life accomplishments including his paintings, inventions, and notebooks.

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