Can you be a Genius?
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Leonardo da Vinci was a Genius. What did he have, that we can copy, to make us more like him?
What is a Genius?
Thanks to the FT this week for reminding me about a great book - on how to be a Genius. Or, how to be more like Leonardo da Vinci.
Now Genius, is one of the classic Brand archetypes. This is where a product or service shows the characteristics of a person. Examples of a Genius archetype might be:
• Oxford, Cambridge and Harvard universities,
• Stephen Hawking (yes he's a Brand, think of all the books and documentaries he's published),
• Reuters News Agency
• Dyson, the inventor & entrepreneur
• Dr Brian Cox, the broadcaster and scientist
What made Leonardo a genius?
The book - How to think like Leonardo da Vinci by Michael Gelb - identifies seven attributes of the Genius:
• Commitment to test knowledge, admit mistakes
• Saturates the senses with beauty
• Embraces ambiguity
• Sees art and science as two sides of the same coin
• Cultivates grace
• See connections everywhere between things
How do you score?
How many of these do you have?
Mmm, not that many. Nor me!
Never mind, keep plugging away at your strengths. As Thomas Alva Edison, the US inventor said, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration."
Wow, let's hope we can sweat enough! Note the strangely Leonardo like device shown in the picture to keep you cool.
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