This is the self-help book Leonard da Vinci never wrote! An innovative and illustrated guide to unlocking and inspiring the genius within all of us, this new book teaches readers how to maximize their intellectual and creative potential using the principles of da Vincian thought.
Founder and president of the High Performance Learning Center, Gelb, in seminars and workshops and now in this book, offers "the Seven Da Vincian Principles" for learning how to approach life like a genius. He uses Leonardo's native Italian language to label these principles: curiosita (curiosity and continuous learning) dimostrazione (learning from experience), sensazione (sensory awareness), sfumato (accepting and embracing uncertainty), arte/scienza (balancing art and science, or "whole-brain" thinking), corporalita (physical fitness and ambidexterity) and connessione (seeing the interconnectedness of everything). Gelb provides discussion of each principle in relation to Leonardo's work, questions for reader "self-assessment," exercises and even notes for parents to apply the principles to child-rearing and teaching. His view reflects the current trend in working with "multiple intelligences" and creativity, and is similar to the approach outlined in Todd Siler's Think Like a Genius (1997). The Renaissance mood Gelb successfully invokes, however, adds a unique richness to this deeper, more expansive work.