Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson Summary

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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

My Thoughts

This book sparked more curiosity in me. It gave me the motivation to write more and think about what legacy I am leaving. As the quote below mentions, 500 years later we are still learning from Leonardo’s notes.

My Favorite Quote

  • 500 years later we are learning from his notes; 50 years from now people can learn from yours.

Conclusion: Lessons to learn from Leonardo da Vinci’s Life

  • Be curious, relentlessly curious.
  • Seek knowledge for its own sake.
  • Retain a childlike sense of wonder.
  • Observe. He had an acute ability to observe things.
  • Start with the details.
  • See things unseen.
  • Go down rabbit holes.
  • Get distracted.
  • Respect facts.
  • Procrastinate.
  • Let the perfect be the enemy of good.
  • Think visually.
  • Avoid silos.
  • Let your reach exceed your grasp. There are some problems we will never solve, learn why.
  • Indulge fantasy.
  • Create for yourself, not just for patrons.
  • Collaborate.
  • Make lists!
  • Take notes! On paper! 500 years later we are learning from his notes. 50 years from now people can learn from yours.
  • Be open to mystery.

Subjects Leonardo da Vinci studied and invention ideas

This is a partial list only as reference. Leonardo studied many more subjects and had hundreds of inventions and ideas.

  • Scuba gear
  • Helicopter
  • Perpetual motion machines
  • Odometer
  • Drew maps
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Dissection
  • Medical field
  • Chemistry
  • Geometry
  • Optics
  • Water and water diversion
  • Light

My Action Steps After Reading

  • I purchased a notebook on Amazon and started writing physical notes, in addition to digital note-taking I was already doing on Evernote.

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