Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
This book sparked a lot of curiosity in me. It gave a lot of motivation to write more and think about what legacy I am leaving behind. As the quote below mentions, 500 years later we are still learning from Leonardo’s notes. I like the list of lessons to learn in the conclusion.
This is the 32nd book in my 2018 reading list.
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 it’s 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Perpetual motion machines
- Drew maps
- Medical field
- Water and water diversion
My Action Steps After Reading
- Purchased a notebook on Amazon and started writing physical notes in addition to digital note taking on Evernote.
Hope you enjoyed this and got value from my notes.
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