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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,458 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael J. Gelb Narrator: Michael J. Gelb Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780739333235
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Genius is made, not born. And human beings are gifted with an almost unlimited potential for learning and creativity. Now you can uncover your own hidden abilities, sharpen your senses, and liberate your unique intelligence—by following the example of the greatest genius of all time, Leonardo da Vinci.

Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, who has helped thousands of people expand their minds to accomplish more than they ever thought possible, shows you how. Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces Seven Da Vincian Principles—the essential elements of genius—from curiosità, the insatiably curious approach to life to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as your inspiration, you will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. And step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, you will harness the power—and awesome wonder—of your own genius, mastering such life-changing abilities as:

•Problem solving
•Creative thinking
•Self-expression
•Enjoying the world around you 
•Goal setting and life balance 
•Harmonizing body and mind

Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, introduces seven Da Vincian principles, the essential elements of genius, from curiosita, the insatiably curious approach to life, to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as their inspiration, readers will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. 

Step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, anyone can harness the power and awesome wonder of their own genius, mastering such life-changing skills as problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/20/2014

    " Loved it and will read it again while doing the exercises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 2/15/2014

    " This is a pretty basic book with a few good suggestions that can't be found in other books of this type. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as deep or ground shaking as the title implies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 2/11/2014

    " I like this book because it gives you a reason to be a "whole" person - by using everyday SIMPLE techniques so that you can maximize your life and yourself. I generally do not stick to one book - because I believe in the sum of all parts. Which is why I have used a few ideas in this book to incorporate with various aspects of my life. I also enjoy using certain methods in teaching children, as a means of discipline and assessment. Pretty neat! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celinda | 2/10/2014

    " This is not just a book, its also a guide. Insightful for those who appreciate creativity, open-mindedness, and a fun way to take,what seems like the ordinary, and make life a more enjoyable, appreciative way to live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonia | 2/4/2014

    " really neat way of looking at DaVinci - actually trying to take lessons from what he did and apply it in our lives, no matter what we do. The end lost me a bit though, it seems the book was building up to some greater conclusions about life, art, science, and how to improve our world in complex modern times. Instead he spent the last chapter just talking about mind mapping in way too much detail. It was like taking career planning in high school, not something I need to repeat. But, it can all be taken as a suggestion so no harm done, overall the book is still worth it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bridget | 2/1/2014

    " It's got some gems in it... good exercises for creative types. The title is a little gimmicky, but it's a good read. Some good biogrpahical information on da Vinci himself that makes a good sprinkling for art classes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ting Ting | 1/25/2014

    " a self-help book with plenty of fun exercises to develop seven of the core Da Vincian principles of how to think like the genius Da Vinci. The seven principles mentioned in the book are Curiousity, Demonstration (learning by experience and doing), Sensation, Sfmato (accepting and appreciating the paradoxes and puzzles we can't solve), Art/ Science, Corporalita (mastering and understanding your body), Connection (recognizing patterns and connections in everything around us). Half of this book is spelling out the theory of living a fuller life, while the other half is doing the exercises, and through that, discover and consolidate the insights you find out about yourself and the world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anton Klink | 1/12/2014

    " Having read it quite a number of years ago, I remember thinking it was OK but not much else. Neither I can't seem to remember too many specifics about it. Obviously it wasn't awful, otherwise I would have remembered that, but neither was it good enough to burn a vivid image into my mind, so two stars is the most I can give it in hindsight. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sonam | 1/11/2014

    " The title itself was so tempting and am glad i picked up d book... d man was a genius in the truest sense... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/7/2014

    " A very fun book. Lots to do and think about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chad Nickle | 12/13/2013

    " This was my first book that took me down a road of discovery and thought. This book was well thought out and put me in a mindframe of intellectualism. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 12/1/2013

    " Wanna make your brain twist with delight? Crunch with consternation? Generally stretch itself into fabulous contortions? Go ahead. Try this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niels | 11/29/2013

    " This book deserves another read through. It contains so much information that it is impossbile to digest it all in one sitting. I really, truly believe that by adopting some of the techniques from the old genious you can change your life dramatically. Recommended... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 11/13/2013

    " Reading this for a book group at work. Liked it enough to start working on the exercises. We will see if it makes me way more creative and brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Grant | 10/7/2013

    " A must-read book on creative frameworks in self development for knowledge workers, managers, executives, and entrepreneurs. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stacy | 8/23/2013

    " I don't think like Divinici so this book wasn't for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shatha | 8/20/2013

    " Not much, i was interested in synesthesia which was very shortly mentioned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Najwa Raz | 12/8/2012

    " Fascinating and amazing because every chapter the writer make a suggestion about applying the Da Vinci's life long learning methodology. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fivereaders | 10/16/2012

    " Found this at the bookstore in Basalt. Looks very interesting! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 6/24/2012

    " I would like to learn how to think like Leonardo da Vinci, but this book is not the way to do it. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jun Han | 10/15/2011

    " Really Amazing Book! I love the ideas presented here! I have yet to sit down and actually try some of the ideas, so that is why I can't give it a 5 star. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eliot | 8/24/2011

    " Lots of good ideas you can put into practice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 8/20/2011

    " Putting some of these intriguing ideas into practice enriched my life. Love this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex070205 | 7/7/2011

    " Self help mixed with history, art and science. Some very interesting ideas in there, although the author's Leonardo hero worship gets a bit far fetched at times. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 False | 5/18/2011

    " (making Italian hand gesture shrug.) "Eh." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kindle | 4/27/2011

    " I love his theories and the exercises the author gives to strengthen your well being. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joseph | 4/1/2011

    " Rather mediocre. It's a promising idea that doesn't seem fully fleshed out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lena | 1/27/2011

    " Fantastic and challenging book. Easy to read, but hard to do all the exercizes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alice | 1/17/2011

    " Fantastic book filled with lots of interesting tidbits about the artist's life. A great self-help book as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tete | 11/22/2010

    " Ayuda a que encontremos nuestro empuje para lograr lo que deseemos... No hay limites para desarrollar nuestro potencial... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcella | 8/31/2010

    " Lots of interesting ideas to try, but I got bored with it toward the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 7/25/2010

    " I love anything about Leonardo da Vinci and this is a great "tutorial". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chade66 | 7/1/2010

    " I listened to this on audio and while I got some things out of it, I think that book format would be better considering the amount of exercises and lists involved. I'm thinking of buying it. "

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About the Author
Author Michael J. GelbMichael J. Gelb, a renowned innovator in the field of creative thinking and leadership development, is the bestselling author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci, Body Learning, Samurai Chess and Present Yourself! Since 1978 Michael Gelb has conducted seminars around the world for companies such as BP, IBM, DuPont, KPMG, and YPO. He lives in Edgewater, New Jersey.