Day 4: How you can think like Da Vinci

From my childhood onwards I’ve always been impressed by a man that could not be seen anything else than brilliant. That man was Leonardo Da Vinci. And when I was just a teenager I did buy books about this very wise man. I was therefore very thrilled when I saw a book that had the title: Da Vinci Decoded – Discovering the Spiritual Secrets of Leonardo’s seven principles, by Michael J. Gelb.



As Judaism teaches: “He who walks with wise men shall be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”  I wanted to know his ideas from early age. Everything I could find on Da Vinci I soaked up so that I could learn from him.

This book shares not only a grand overview of the life of Da Vinci, but also suggest how we can use the insights Da Vinci wrote down on paper, to our benefit.

One of the biggest things Mr. Gelb describes is:

Seek the truth (Curiosità)

Da Vinci was constantly asking himself questions as is shown through his diary. It is the thing we do as children. Asking why, why, why, why, why, why. But we stop doing that once we get older (but not always wiser).  Sigmund Freud even analyzed Da Vinci and concluded: “The great Leonardo continued to play as a child throughout his adult life, thus baffling his contemporaries.”

Gelb nudges us to become the seeker and regain the childlike curiosity, the sense of wonder and passion for learning as these are the foundations of growth. Like Da Vinci we should ask ourselves more questions, big ones and little ones. Why does a scratch on your skin start bleeding, why are there mountains in France but not in the Netherlands, how can a bird fly? The difference between Da Vinci and us is that we have Mr. Google to answer a lot of our questions.

Conclusions

  • To learn, we must enhance our curiosity.
  • Ask questions to learn more.

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