The Seven Da Vincian Principles

“The How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci Workbook by Michael J. Belb”

1. Curiousta: An insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

Great Minds ask great questions. The questions that “engage our thought” on a daily basic reflect our life purpose and influence the quality of our lives.


  • I keep a journal or notebook to record my insights and questions.
  • I take time for contemplation and reflection.
  • I always learn something new
  • I actively seek out different perspectives to make important decisions
  • I am voracious reader.
  • I learn from little children
  • I am skilled at identifying and solving problems
  • I am an openminded and curious
  • I look up dictionary to learn new words
  • I know other cultures and learn more
  • I learn English more than my native language
  • I solicit feedback from my friends, relations and colleagues
  • I love learning

2. Dimostrazione: A commitment to test knoledge through experience, persistence, and a willingness to learn from mistakes.

  • Do I seek out new experiences everyday ?
  • Am I actively pursuing different perspectives and fresh insights?
  • Can I can articulate my most fundamental belief and the reason the hold them ?
  • Have I changed a deeply held belief because of practical experience?
  • Do I question “conventional wisdom” and authority ?
  • Do I ever practice cynicism and call it independent thinking ?
  • When a celebrity I admire endorses a product, am I more likely to buy it ?
  • Am I willing to acknowledge my mistakes?
  • Would my closest friends agree that I am willing to acknowledge my mistakes? Ask them and note their responses
  • Do I learn from my mistakes and rarely make the same one twice?
  • Do I persevere in the face of octacles?
  • Am I susceptible to superstition?
  • In considering new ideas, my friends and associates would say I am : gullible and “new_agey”, openminded skeptic
  • => Projects: *Flamenco painting : research more how to use cold wax and affect after year : dull color

3. Sensazion: the continual refinement of the senses, especially sight, as a the means to enliven experience.

Project Express: Sensazion:

Self- Assessment: Hearing

  • Friends describe me as a good listener
  • I am sensitive to noise
  • I can tell when someone is singing off-key
  • I can sing on key
  • I listen to jazz or classical music regularly
  • I can distinguish the melody from the baseline in a piece of music.
  • I know what all the controls on my stereo system are for and can hear the difference when I adjust them
  • I enjoy silence
  • I am attuned to subtle changes in a speaker’s voice tone, volume, and inflection

Self Assessment: Vision

  • I am sensitive to color harmonies and clashes.
  • I know the color of all my friends’s eyes.
  • I look out into the far horizon and up to the sky at least once a day
  • I am good at describing a scenic in details.
  • I like doing sculpture and drawing
  • Friends would describe me as alert
  • I am sensitive to subtle changes in lighting
  • I  can picture things clearly in my mind’s eye.

4. Sfumato: A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty.

5. Arte/ Scienza: The development of the balance between science and art, logic and imagination. “Whole -brain” thinking.

6.  Corporalita: The cultivation of grace, ambidexterity, fitness and poise.

7.Connessione: A recognition and appreciation for the interconnectness of all things and phenomena. System thinking.

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