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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

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Michael Gelb's How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci is an inspiring and inventive guide that teaches readers how to develop their full potential, using the principles of Da Vincian thought identified by the author.

Beginning with a brief historical biography of Da Vinci and an overview of the astounding advances made in the arts and sciences during the Renaissance, Gelb ill
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Teri Temme
Jan 27, 2013 Teri Temme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and inspiring book. Leonardo da Vinci was a mystery to me before I read this book, now I truly appreciate what he has given the world.

The book discusses 7 Principles:
• Curiosita - Am I asking the right questions?
• Dimostrazione - How can I improve my ability to learn from my mistakes and experiences?
• Sensazione - What is my plan for sharpening my senses as I age?
• Sfumato - How can I strengthen my ability to hold creative tension to embrace the major paradoxes of life?
• Arte/Scienz
كتاب جيد من الناحية التطبيقية و العملية ، وهذا أساس فلسفة دافنشي في العلم و المعرفة القائمة على التجربة !
مع نهاية كل باب تجد نفسك اما تقييم ذاتي و واجب تطبيقي ، أعتقد ان من يتجاهلها لن يخرج بفائدة بعكس الذي سيطبق ويستفيد كثيراً . افتقدت الجانب العبقري و الجمالي لدى دافنشي فالكاتب لم يفلح في ابراز ذلك رغم تقديسه لليوناردو ، وهذا لم يعجبني أيضاً .. عجبني القسم الثالث - الأخير- اذ وضع الكاتب تقنيات للرسم و علاقة الرسم و كل تقنية بالحياة العامة . تفاجأت بهذا القسم.و أحببته . خصوصا الحديث عن الظل و
Mark Fallon
Sep 05, 2009 Mark Fallon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A really good idea lost in poor, self-indulgent writing. I'm not sure who Gelb is in love with more, himself or daVinci. Let's see, the book is written in English, but let's name the principals in bastardized Italian to make it special.

Better yet - "His physics studies anticipated the modern disciplines of hydrostatics, optics, and mechanics." Wow - he studied physics 200 years before the science of physics and calculus were invented! As Dr. Cavanagh once wrote on one of my research papers - an
Apr 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't really a satisfying read for me. When it came to Leonardo's life and genius and the Renaissance, it didn't give me as much detail as I would have liked, which frustrated me, as bald statements were made without sufficient evidence to back them up (and the evidence and argument would have been fascinating to read about). Then when it got to the 7 principles Gelb proposes to make us think like Leonardo, they seemed to have the opposite problem - a ridiculous amount of detail and prescr ...more
Feb 16, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A lot of interesting ideas and exercises to build creativity, lateral thinking, and a balanced lifestyle, but really most of the time abusing the DaVinci metaphor to hawk the standard late 90's New Age yuppie fare and make it seem authentic, ancient and proven by giving it a fancy parchment wrapping. In that sense, not unlike noepaganism, but with a Renaissance theme. Gelb's parroting of many common falsehoods about the Middle Ages turned me off early in the introduction.
Jan 28, 2010 Joshua rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was an utter disappointment. The author seemed blinded by his love of Leonardo da Vinci and it impaired him from actually writing a decent book.
Gelb took principles that could be associated with Leonardo da Vinci, briefly listed common self-help tips under the appropriate categories and dropped da Vinci's name often, as if that made the ideas original. It felt like he was using a celebrity to sell a product.
At the end of the book, there's a bonus: A Beginner's Da Vinci Drawing Course.
Clay Mabbitt
Feb 03, 2010 Clay Mabbitt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this when I was on a business trip and had the time to do a lot of the exercises in my hotel room. I got a real kick out of it. Leonardo was a life hacker before we had a word for it. Now that I'm thinking about it, I need to go pull it back off the book shelf.
Norm Davis
Apr 15, 2012 Norm Davis rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretentious New England socialites with too much time on their hands.
Recommended to Norm by: 63
I've moved this book to my discarded-unfinished shelf. While the review was incredibly simple, in part due to my hundreds of books like this that I've read, but in all honesty, I didn't complete reading the book.

How to think like Leonardi Da Vinci:

The book begins by explaining a bit about the 7 intelligences which I was previously aware of from taking an excellent “How to study” course. Mr. Gelb offers these concepts of intelligence in Italian... just my thing... I want to learn new languages
Susan Branch
Jun 18, 2013 Susan Branch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone has a little genius in them, this book is for the care and feeding of that genius with seven principles set out by Leonardo da Vinci. I read this years ago, and I loved it. It made me look at my creative self from a different point of view. I enjoyed the exercises in the book -- especially "Mind Mapping." It did not make me into a genius, but it did help to heighten my awareness of every day experiences. I very much enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone wanting to open themselves ...more
Jan 05, 2009 James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Children
I can't believe a school would require a grad student to read this book.

I skipped part 1 and went to part 2 to get to the meat of the book.
After reading 5 chapters I found there wasn't any.

This might be a good book for 5th graders,
or people who are mentally challenged,
but please, adults should be at a higher level than this.

Just page after page of simplistic advice to learn from your mistakes and make word lists... blahhh

❤ مناجاة   فراشة❤  ʚĩɞ
ومازالنا نحن العرب نعطي لبعض الكتب أهمية لا تستحقها للأسف

الإيجابيات :
- معلومات جميلة وكثيرة عن شخصية ليوناردو ديفنتشي إذ تنهي الكتاب وأنا تحمل حقيبة ذهنية تحتوي معلومات لابأس بها عن هذا الظاهرة
- إذا كنت مهتما بالرسم ولواحقه من فنون فستسفيد لكن الفائدة ستكون أعظم لو التحقت بمعهد الفنون الجميلة لتطوير مواهبك

كلّ ما تبقي من الكتاب عدا ما ذكرت أعلاه لكنني منحته نجمتين لأني تعرفت على ديفنتشي من خلاله
May 13, 2010 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
With the wealth of information and principles for action presented by Michael Gelb in this book one wonders where to start? It provides an "inspirational" approach to improving your mind and your life. I have always been fascinated by fictional superheroes and I also enjoy reading about the lives of geniuses of the past in all fields of endeavor. This book uses a close study of the life and achievements of Leonardo da Vinci to identify principles that each of us can apply in our life to improve ...more
Bazza Al-khayyat
صدرت الطبعة الأولى من الكتاب في سنة ١٩٩٨ ولازال في انتشار حول العالم نظرا لتوفر النسخ المترجمة منه بلغات عديدة ، الكتاب يصنف من كتب التنمية الذاتية ، يناقش فيه الكاتب مظاهر وأسباب عبقرية ليوناردو دافنشي الذي برع ليس فقط بالفن بل وبالهندسة وآلات الحرب والتشريح والفلسفة جامعا معها بنية جسدية قوية وصحية .

يتناول الكاتب سبع قواعد تمكنك من التفكير على طريقة ليوناردو دافينشي لتسبر أغوار نفسك وتزهر إبداعاتك وإمكاناتك على أقصاها ، وهي كالتالي :
١- الفضول والتساؤل
٢- البرهنة والإثبات
٣- الاحساس
٤- الشك والتسا
Arwa ..
الكتاب من كتب التي تهتم ببناء الذات .

يتكلم بالبدايه عن عبقرية ليوناردو دافنشي وابداعه على مستوى متعدد ومختلف من الذكاءات ، ويحاول الكتاب بسبع مراحل قسمها على حسب طريقة تفكير ليوناردو دافنشي التحفيز لنفكر كطريقته المبدعه .

الكتاب جميل ولو انني مملت هذه النوعيه من الكتب لكثرة قرائتي بهذا المجال ولكن الذي حمسني لقراءة الكتاب توقعت شي مختلف عن عادة كتب بناء الذات .. مللت في مواضع واستمتعت بمواضع اخرى خصوصا استمتعت بالتفاصيل التي عرفتها عن ليوناردو دافنشي اعماله و ابداعاته مابين الرسم والنحت والموسيقى
Feb 25, 2010 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lsu-book-club
Leonardo started a lot of projects that he never finished -- but the ones he did finish are amazing. The author, after examining Leo's life, saw that there were seven habits or characteristics that seemed to guide da Vinci and make him the Renaissance man that he was. The purpose of this book is not to make us feel inadequate by comparing ourselves to the Maestro, but to give us a path to follow, so that we may emulate him in our lives as much as possible.

The one drawback that our bookclub sees:
Jul 19, 2014 τλιϓλ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: others
لا بأس به. أحببت الصفحات الأخيرة المقلوبة
Hanouf  Almutawa
May 13, 2012 Hanouf Almutawa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
ممتاز و مثير للمهتمين في الفنون وايضا في تثقيف القارئ بكيفية بناء عقله وحياته العلمية وفي طرح التساؤلات مثل العلماء الكبار
Nguyên ngộ ngộ
Có thể, mọi ngôn từ ca ngợi Leonardo da Vinci sẽ trở nên dư thừa.
Một họa sĩ, với những tác phẩm để đời: nàng Mona Lisa, bức họa Bữa tối cuối cùng.
Một nhà giải phẩu học: đỉnh điểm với giải phẫu cơ thể người và ngựa dưới nhiều góc nhìn khác nhau
Nhà phát minh: tùm lum thứ từ cái dù nhảy với kích thước duy nhất, tàu ngầm, súng thần công
Một kiến trúc sư với những công trình để đời như nhà thờ ở Milan, lâu đài vua nước Pháp.
Nhà điêu khắc với công trình duy nhất còn tồn tại tới bây giờ là ba tượng đồng
Mar 09, 2009 Alanoud rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow, that was SOMETHING!!
That was one of most interesting books I've ever read!! It's exactly the kind of books that engages you in an endless tough thinking session if you knew how to make the most of it. Simply, a brilliant book written by, about and for brilliant people.

How to think like Leonardo da vinci, is an excellent self-improvement book helps you to find and capitalize your unique creative potentials. The author uses a perfect example to boost his readers' eagerness and interests to d
Tareq Ghanem
لونارد دافيتشي عبقرية فذه في تاريخ البشرية، وهو الصفحة اﻷولي في تأرخ عصر النهضة، أختاره توني بوزان اشهر عالم للمخ واﻷعصاب والتنميه البشريه ليكون اعظم شخصيه عبقرية استطاعت ان توظف ملكات اﻷنسان العقلية ﻷعلي مستوايتها، هذا الكتاب ليس سيرة ذاتيه ليوناردو دافيتشي ولكنه سيره ذهنيه عقليه لهذا العبقري بحث خلالها ميكل جلب الاليات الذهنيه ال تي أستخدامها ليوناردو حتي استطاع ان يرسم لوحات خالدة ويخترع اختراعات مبتكرة ومتعددة لم يتم تنفيذها الا بعد مئات السنين، وأستطاع ان يتوصل ﻷستنتاجات سبقت كل علماء عصره ...more
Sanjeev Kotnala
Jun 10, 2013 Sanjeev Kotnala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A simple yet a bit complicated is this book. In the book ‘THINK LIKE DA VINCI’ Michael J. Gelb promises to take you through 7 Easy Steps to Boosting Your Everyday Genius. The steps are not that simple for an average man like me. They seem really obvious once you read them. I do believe that practicing them is definite to have great impact in your life.

This book gets a RECOMMENDED READING tag from me. Though we could have liked to have better quality and colour pictures.

Shellie (Layers of Thought)
I found this author through a free itunes podcast. It was an easy read, and I did so in several hours. Gelb's writing and podcast are eloquent, concise, and interesting. His message is also achievable and believable - well mostly - which unlike some of the folks whom are in the motivational/self help book/speaking business. Many are egotistical and so far out in left field that it is diffiuclt and illogical to relate to them.
His message is that we can look to da Vinci and his amazing gifts for w
Gary Braham
Apr 26, 2013 Gary Braham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting book. I picked it up after a college professor recommended it to me. I have a similar style to DaVinci, in that I enjoy a wide variety of pursuits that are both right and left brained. Obviously I'm no DaVinci, but he is a mentor that I could follow. The author obviously loves DaVinci as well, the book is swelling with praise for him.

The advice is good, and broken up into small sections that are easy to folllow. Its not really a book you would read like other ones though
Nov 12, 2009 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: work-reads
OK, who wouldn't want to learn how to think like da Vinci?

While the title seemed a bit preposterous, I thought I'd give it whirl - especially since I noticed it on one of my friend's reading list.

As it turns out, this book falls more into the self-help realm - which I wasn't looking for. That said, creating a bridge between da Vinci and "how to live a happier life" works.

It's also pretty easy for folks like myself in the creative services world to find some professional guidance too.

The book bas
Dec 28, 2011 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently took a first pass through this book (saving the exercises for a later date). Already it taught me how to look at things differently. It encouraged me to really see and think and feel the experiences I have every day. I struggle with wanting control and wanting answers: This book made me realize that it's OK to have more questions than answers, that it's OK to relinquish control and let things happen as they may. Not only does the author offer ways to implement Da Vinci principles in o ...more
Jun 22, 2009 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I picked up this guide to being more creative because some friends were planning to work through it this summer. I did one exercise from the first set (and I didn't follow the rules—I'm already that creative, see?) and read through the whole book and am not that excited about doing more. Naming the seven principles in Italian felt forced and I often couldn't keep myself from saying them in my head in a cartoony accent, and some of the exercises seemed quite tedious with no particular point to th ...more
Alaa Bahabri
كتاب غير موضوعي عن بعض آليات التفكير ، مستمدة من طريقة دافنشي،،
الكتاب جديد بالنسبة لي لأنه يركز على تكوير المهارات الذهنية ، لكن بأسلوب كتب تطوير الذات،،وهو أول كتاب لي بهذه الطريقة،،
يتميز الكتاب بعدم الموضوعية في رؤيته لدافنشي، حيث يوصله المؤلف ليكون أعظم مفكر في التاريخ، ويسميه :السيد ،، وهو نموذج جيد على طريقة "الأمريكان" في تسويق الأشخاص بشكل مبالغ فيه،،
في الكتاب بعض التمارين الذهنية الجيدة ، كتمرين اسأل مائة سؤال ،،
و في نهاية الكتاب فصل مختصر عن آليات الرسم ، وهو جيد لمن يريد إلماماً سريعاً
Apr 11, 2010 Karima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I swore off reading self-improvement books years ago and much of this book reminded me of why. (i.e.: too many acronyms)
HOWEVER, I did feel encouraged by the author's outlook and suggestions. Though mainly written for the corporate world, many usable techniques for daily living enhancement (the most basic of which include memory sharpening, a need of mine.)
Can't help liking a guy who encourages one to look at live with reverence and sensuality.
Colleen Wainwright
Lots of good stuff packed in here, and a great, glancing overview of one of Western civ's prominent geniuses. A little catchy-clever around the edges for me, and a little heavy on the prescriptives (which is weird, since dude created a workbook version after this. I don't know what else there'd be to add, exercises-wise. I found the ones in there fatiguing, rather than intriguing or inspiring.)
May 05, 2012 Paul is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A well written " Users Guide " to improving your cognitive powers. The Author discusses techniques for remodeling cognitive outlook. He provides suggestions for ways to expand your view on life and the world.
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Michael J. Gelb, is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Raytheon and YPO. He brings more than 30 years of experience as a professional speaker, s ...more
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“يا أيتها الحتميات البديعة! ويا أيها الفعل الجبار ! أي عقل يستطيع أن يخترق طبيعتك ؟ وأي لغه قادرة على التعبير عن هذه الأعجوبة ؟لا شيء على الاطلاق ، منها يتحول الكلام البشري إلى تأمل للألوهية " ليوناردو حول أعجوبة العين البشرية ..” 12 likes
“The Seven Da Vincian Principles are: Curiosità—An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning. Dimostrazione—A commitment to test knowledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes. Sensazione—The continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as the means to enliven experience. Sfumato (literally “Going up in Smoke”)—A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox, and uncertainty. Arte/Scienza—The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. “Whole-brain” thinking. Corporalità—The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness, and poise. Connessione—A recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Systems thinking.” 7 likes
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