Mention Leonardo da Vinci and to me, it's all about the notebooks. It's estimated that Leonardo produced 14,000 pages of notes. What motivated him to take notes? I can't imagine how it could be anything but curiosity.
I think Leonardo documented a concept and then wrote to flesh it out, to learn more and to develop it. The title of Michael's book here is catnip to me. I aspire to flesh out, learn and to develop my own curiosity.
Michael tells us about the Renaissance, Leonardo's life and, devoting a chapter to each, the book's core: Seven Da Vincian Principles.
Curiosita - Curiosity and continuous learning.
Dimostrazione - To learn from mistakes and to make the most of your experience.
Sensazione - The key to optimizing our experiences is found through our senses, especially sight.
Sfumato - A willingness to embrace ambiguity, paradox and uncertainty.
Arte / Scienza - Picture your brain. Arts to the right, Science to the left. Fuse both for whole brain thinking.
Corporalita - Striving for good health and fitness.
Connessione - Systems thinking and interconnectedness.
If you're one of those people who wonder where authors like Stephen King gets their ideas from, this is a must read. In fact, follow along with Mr. Gelb's portrayal of how Leonardo maximized his talents and you'll be forced to give away ideas just to maintain peace of mind.
If you're into design in any way, shape or form, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci is a must read. If I taught any design related topic this book would be in the curriculum.
If you like to journal, for any reason whatsoever, this book is a must read.
If you breathe...well you get the idea.