Question: “I could have many more opportunities, and higher pay, if I learned French and could reply to emails from our French customers. At 38, though, I wonder if I really have the capacity to learn a different language just by taking a class three times a week—the local community college has a program. What’s the toughest thing people had to learn for their jobs long after they left school? I’m looking for inspiration!” — Erin, Imports Staffer [Read more…]
“The desire to know is natural to good men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
One of my favorite books is the fascinating book by Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. It would take an encyclopedia to begin to share the full scope of his accomplishments. Leonardo the artist is known for transforming the direction of arr. He pioneered the use of oil paints. His universally recognized paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are works of superb creativity. Leonardo the inventor made plans for a flying machine, parachutes, the extendable ladder (still in use by fire departments today), the three speed gear shift, the bicycle, a snorkel, the world’s first revolving stage, locks for a canal system, folding furniture, the first elevator, and many more. More than any single invention, he deserves credit for pioneering the concept of automation.
In his book, Gelb breaks down the genius of Da Vinci in a practical guide to problem solving, creative thinking, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind. The book was so empowering that I worked to develop a one day workshop for assistants titled What it Takes to Be Great!
Gelb focuses the book on Seven Da Vincian Principles. I’d like to share one of them:
- Curiosita – an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.