Leonardo da Vinci is known as the greatest ‘can do everything’ person of all time; the only thing that he didn’t accomplish was winning an Olympic gold medal—and that’s because the dark ages nearly wiped the competition out. Although his likeness won’t be displayed in the halls of Athens, he is still the iconic ironman. He invented a prototype for the car and helicopter; he was a sculptor, musician, painter, poet, writer, scientist, engineer, mathematician, geologist, botanist, biologist, cartographer, and author. How did he do all of this? Nobody really knows, but we do know some of the things that can be learned from his do-it-all style.
If you lived during the fourteen hundreds, you wouldn’t believe that people could fly, or that a man can survive underwater indefinitely—at least not without magic—but da Vinci did, and many of his inventions made things like this possible. If you have an idea, stick to it, study what you need to get it done, and go do it, no matter how many naysayers tell you that it’s impossible. Somebody has to invent travel that’s faster than the speed of light! Why not you?
OUR LIMITS ARE IN OUR MINDS
In da Vinci’s mind, there’s no limit on the number of things that are possible, and there’s no limit on the number of things that one person can do. Being a scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, and writer in your lifetime is possible. Da Vinci had the tough job—he did it without a prototype—we have it easier because we have seen it done before.
HARD WORK PAYS OFF
“It has long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.” This was one of da Vinci’s many spot on revelations. Although the phrase “hard work pays off” has become a cliché, the importance of its meaning cannot be overstated.
YOUR WORK IS NEVER DONE
Da Vinci once said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” For da Vinci, everything was art; for us, this means that any endeavor that we pursue is our “art,” and that we should strive to constantly seek to improve upon our works. Progress cannot be made if we don’t fight for it.
YOU HAVE TO LIVE TO BE ALIVE
“Life well spent is long.” This is another brief quote by da Vinci that speaks volumes. Many of us are so caught up in trying to survive that we forget to enjoy our lives and do what is most rewarding. If more of us pursued our dreams instead of stewing in mediocrity, humanity would be a much happier race.
If more of us implemented even one of da Vinci’s standards to live by, we would see a surge of progress greater than any mankind has ever seen.
Author Bio: Sally is a serial networker and is interested in studying the ways in which people learn. She enjoys traveling around the country visiting places such as Richmond University, advising students on making the most out of their university experience, and providing top techniques for studying.