Leonardo Da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance badass: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.
His unquenchable curiosity and inventive imagination led him to be deemed the most diversely talented person in the world.
Da Vinci is most definitely what Malcolm Gladwell would consider an Outlier. Born out of wedlock to a notary and a peasant woman, Da Vinci was not eligible to master a trade and join a guild. Instead he received an informal education in Latin and Math, and took to art quite early. Through his father’s connections with the clergy, Da Vinci at 14 or 15 was able to begin an apprenticeship under the great Verrechio, only the finest workshop in Florence that also produced four other famous painters.
Just 7 or 8 years later, Da Vinci’s collaboration with his mentor on the famous “The Baptism of Christ” was enough for Verrechio to put his brush down. Long story short: teacher got schooled!
I learned some of this and many more in Michael Gelb’s awesome book How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. I blame both gentlemen for the recent surge in adopting hobbies. I now have NY Toastmaster’s Monday evening, Water Polo Sunday & Tuesday nights, and Pimsleur’s Italian 1 on audio daily–and something tells me that’s just the beginning.
I always saw my unquenchable curiosity as a character flaw, spreading myself too thin. Now, thanks to Mr. Da Vinci, I see it as the pathway to fulfillment and mega badassery.
I leave you with this: Adopt a hobby. The more ridiculous the better;)
PS … Terrific and shocking news to come tomorrow! Tune back in, yo. Smiles all around.