Be LIke Leonardo
In the 90s there was a Gatorade commercial encouraging everyone to be like Mike, referring to basketball phenom, Michael Jordan. On Saturday I read an essay in the Wall Street Journal called “The Lessons of Leonardo: How to Be A Creative Genius” by Walter Isaacson. And it reminded me of making power moves. You see, according to Isaacson, Leonardo DaVinci “simply wanted to know.”
The article begins with a story about DaVinci sending a letter to the ruler of Milan listing the reasons why he should be given a job. He shared his transferable skills and expressed confidence over being able to do everything possible when it came to painting.
But what’s more interesting to know about DaVinci, according to the WSJ essay, can also be applied to making power moves that will not only help you get the job or get the job done, but will also help you live a better life, which in my estimation is more important.
1. Apparently, DaVinci was curious about everything. Curiosity is the engine to learning and when you are curious you tend to learn faster. A study conducted at the University of Buffalo indicated that curiosity is linked to personal growth opportunities. People who are curious live lives that aren’t boring because they are open to new ideas and exploring the possibilities. And believe it or not, curiosity can lead to brain health. The brain is a muscle that needs exercise and curiosity and the desire to simply know more, like DaVinci, keeps the brain active and alert. Curiosity can only be a good thing for you in the workplace so be curious.
2. Leonardo DaVinci was also perceptive and observant. What are you observing at work or in your personal life that will help you live a more meaningful life? Perception and observation are just like emotional intelligence when it comes to dealing with people. But being perceptive and observant, that is paying attention, can also provide you with the brain capacity to solve problems, think critically and develop solutions for your clients or your employer or even for those you care about.
3. Finally, DaVinci indulged in fantasy or better put, creativity. There’s nothing more frustrating to a supervisor than hearing, “Well that’s how it has always been done.” When how it’s always been done isn’t working or seems flat and unappealing, it’s time to get creative and maybe even fanciful. One of my responsibilities at work includes Commencement. You might think that there is a formula for what a commencement should like it. And yes there are basics that need to be part of the traditions. But every year, my team and I find ways to make the ceremony a little more interesting, fun and memorable. The students deserve that.
Being curious, perceptive and creative like Leonardo DaVinci, may help you to become a critical thinker, a leader and a team player. These characteristics allow you to take initiative because your curiosity allows you to learn the information you need to move forward on a project or important decision. Being perceptive allows you to bring the ideas to the right people and read a room. And finally creativity is the glue that holds it all together. So Be like Leonardo, curious, perceptive and creative.
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