Book Review – Leonardo Da Vinci by W. Isaacson

Planet, Universe, Vitruvian Man

Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in. – Leonardo da Vinci

After reading the bestsellers books of Walter Isaacson on Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein, I came to appreciate how talented Mr Isaacson is as an author.

In this magnificent biography of Leonardo Da Vinci, Mr Isaacson shows how, from Leonardo’s genius skills, we can get inspired, develop our potential, discover with passionate curiosity, careful observation, and imagination.

I took the following excerpts from the book as a reminder of what Leonardo Da Vinci did during his lifetime as well as the skills and great ideas from this amazing person. I hope you enjoy it just as much.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simple Leonardo was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history and cartography.

LEARNING FROM LEONARDO

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How Do I Find the Opportunity That Is Right For Me?

Signs saying Choice in both directions

 “What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” Benjamin Franklin Fairless

How many of us have been waiting for the right opportunity or waiting for the inspiration until the end of time?

Most of us, but what we are truly looking for is a sense of direction, an opportunity where we can take control of our lives, achieve our dreams, motivates us and set us on a course that will undoubtedly open more doors for us.

THE SCENARIO OF WOMEN IN THE 50’S

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Recondition Your Body To a New Mindset

circuits of the brain with different words

The body is very smart, it cannot tell the difference between a factual situation or an imagined thought.

Thoughts that activate emotional responses in the body may appear so quick that before the mind has had time to articulate them, the body has already delivered them with an emotion, and that emotion has turned into a reaction.

Have you ever had fearful or worrisome thoughts? Most of us have experienced them at some point. When we feel we are in ‘danger’, our heart beats fast, muscles contract, breathing becomes rapid. But the danger might be only mental fiction; we may be lying in a warm and comfortable bed at night.

To take total control of our mind, we need to recondition our body to a new mindset. We need to create a training routine for our brain so that body and mind work together.

In my previous post, Can You Use Your Mind to Create Your Reality? I shared how our brain is in regular communication with our body. The mind is continuously monitoring the way the body is feeling.

Therefore, if we focus on negative thinking, we create our unhappiness, but unhappiness is never the situation, it is only the way we think about it.

Be Aware of Your Thoughts and Emotions

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Can You Use Your Mind to Create Your Reality?

Image of the brain

If you believe that your thoughts have something to do with your destiny, would you consciously create your future to attract everything you desire?

I have been spending years reading personal development books, attending workshops and webinars, they all have been of great value, inspirational and I learned different techniques. To some extent, over the year, I have been applying some of those methods.

However, when I started my online education and committed to making a radical change in the quality of my life, I thought that after reading so many books I had overcome my limitations.

The reality was that after a short time of starting my online business, I began making many excuses why I couldn’t do what I said I would do. I had this strong desire to succeed, but on the other hand, I kept sabotaging my efforts.

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Do You Remain Positive When Things Don’t Work Out?

A man thinking sitting in his car

Your plans didn’t go as you expected, so what do you do now? What about taking some time to reflect? Deep down you know things can get better. If things are not going as well as you expected, it is for sure; they are going to improve.

We all have those times when things are not working as planned.  It is like a setback, and we feel disappointed. It slows us down and throw us off course.

Over a year ago, I committed to start my online business. And even though I have already a full-time job as a caregiver for my husband, and I am in charge of all our affairs and household duties, I thought I could cope with both situations easily.

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