Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Would like to write later more about the book and my take, but wanted to start with Walter Isaacson’s summary.

Some points he mentioned are very relevant to today, but some of his points may have been good to Leonardo 500 years ago, but definitely do not today’s life style and knowledge.

  1. Be Curious, Relentlessly Curious
  2. Seek Knowledge for its own sake
  3. Retain a childlike sense of wonder
  4. Observe
  5. Start with the details
  6. See things unseen – Do not understand this one
  7. Go down rabbit holes
  8. Get distracted – ???
  9. Respect facts
  10. Procrastinate – I would rephrase this to take some time off, let your mind wonder
  11. Let the perfect be the enemy of the good
  12. Think visually
  13. Avoid Silos –
  14. Let your reach exceed your grasp – do not get this one
  15. Indulge Fantasy
  16. Create for yourself, not only for patrons – Not only for your company
  17. Collaborate – YES!
  18. Make lists
  19. Take notes, on paper
  20. Be open to mystery

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