How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci

Version: Abridged
Author: Michael Gelb
Narrator: Michael Gelb
Genres: Self Development
Publisher: Random House (Audio)
Published In: December 2003
# of Units: 2 CDs
Length: 2 hours
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You don't have to be a genius to think like one. Each of us uses only a fraction of our brain power, explains Michael J. Gelb, who has helped thousands of men and women learn to put more of their minds to work--and play--than they ever thought possible.
Drawing on Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces the Seven Da Vincian Principles--seven essential elements of genius, named in Da Vinci's native Italian, that any of us can develop on our own. From the notebooks' celebration of an insatiably curious approach to life (curiosita) to the willingness to embrace uncertainty and paradox (sfumato) embodied in Mona Lisa's smile, these principles will seem at once intuitively familiar and surprisingly powerful. Offering an abundance of interactive, entertaining exercises to help you master each principle, Gelb also helps you see how you can use them at work, home, and everywhere else.
Following Leonardo's lead, you'll learn powerful new strategies for tackling challenges both timely and timeless, including problem solving; creative thinking; self-expression; enjoying the world around you; goal setting and life balancing; and harmonizing body and mind.
"I wish to work miracles," wrote the young Leonardo. As you apply these principles to liberate your own unique intelligence, you may feel his miraculous tough enriching your life across the centuries, as you let his ageless example guide you toward becoming more of who you truly are.

Reviews (2)

Not bad

Written by Elena on October 30th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very enjoyable to listen to. Interesting ideas, but I am not sure yet how to implement them in my life.

Really enjoyed!

Written by Pamela Buchheit on October 24th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The biggest complaint I have for this, is that it was abridged. I learned a great deal about DaVinci. That is what I most appreciate. He also had some great strategies to help you "think more like DaVinci". Some of them were very creative and some were just dumb! Like act like a wild bore or monkey. huh? But those strategies that I like, I wished I heard more of them, because they were very clever. I would definetly suggest this book!

Author Details

Author Details

Gelb, Michael

"Michael Gelb is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning and innovative leadership. Through his New York metro-area based High Performance Learning Center, Michael Gelb leads seminars for organizations such as BP, Compaq, Dow Jones, DuPont and KPMG. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a professional speaker, seminar leader and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.

A retired professional juggler who once performed with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, Michael is the creator of the Juggling Metaphor Method and the author of More Balls Than Hands: Juggling Your Way to Success by Learning to Love Your Mistakes. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Training Magazine. He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN's Business Unusual and on numerous radio programs including live interviews with NPR and the BBC World Service. Michael has led executive education programs at George Mason University and the Wharton School, and was recently awarded a Batten Fellowship at the University of Virginia's Darden Business School.

A passionate student of the Renaissance and the nature of genius, Michael book, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day, has been translated into 18 languages and appeared on the best-seller lists of the Washington Post,, and the New York Times. A third degree black belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido, Michael is co-author with International Grandmaster Raymond Keene, OBE, of Samurai Chess: Mastering Strategic Thinking Through the Martial Art of the Mind.

Some experts say that less than 2% of the population can attain a genius level. However, Michael Gelb feels that everyone possesses enormous creative and intellectual potential. Michael feels that new techniques can be learned that could help everyone live sharper, more creative lives, and that studying the lives and minds of geniuses from the past is the key to unlocking these techniques."