How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
Narrated by: Doug Ordunio
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
4 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This inspiring and inventive guide teaches listeners how to develop their full potential by following the example of the greatest genius of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, who has helped thousands of people expand their minds to accomplish more than they ever thought possible, shows you how. 

Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces Seven Da Vincian Principles - the essential elements of genius - from curiosità, the insatiably curious approach to life to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as your inspiration, you will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. And step by step, through exercises and provocative lessons, you will harness the power - and awesome wonder - of your own genius, mastering such life-changing abilities as:  

  • Problem solving 
  • Creative thinking 
  • Self-expression 
  • Enjoying the world around you  
  • Goal setting and life balance  
  • Harmonizing body and mind 
©2009 Michael J. Gelb (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Creativity Is The Key To Everything You Desire.

Would you listen to How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci again? Why?

I would likely not read this book again - however it is a great first time read.


After learning with this book I am finding the desire to be more creative through my own devices (which I feel is what Da Vinci would encourage). This book is great for developing your capacities for making connections and understanding creative thought. However like many texts and books - this is theory.

In order to integrate this new found knowledge you must practice it. That being said, if you want to think like Da Vinci (or better yet, your own creative genius), start creating. Read poetry. Watch a movie in a different language. Write a song. Live your creativity.

This book is a terrific stepping stone. Now put it into practice in a way that only you can.

What does Doug Ordunio bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I wish I had the paper copy. Much of the book is self reflection. Having the reflection prompts available at any moment is much more convenient for this type of book that is more interactive. There will be much starting and stopping while listening to this book.

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full of wonderful ideas and exercises

the real value of this book is the authors exercises that come in each chapter. for example finding similaries between 2 items like oriental rugs & psychoanalysis (they both have complex patterns that repeat) the book is filled with these. They are very obvious exercises that lead to a more engage life or single experience. Very fun book. get ready to take notes! :)

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wasn't quite what I expected

It amounted to drawing mind maps with extensive mentions and descriptions of art utensils and how drawing helps one see. a bunch of how to live well stuff.

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Repetitive

Good book overall. It was slightly repetitive but the information was great. I would recommend it.

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  • 02-15-18

I love Leonardo Da Vinci but this was bad

I didn't like this book. I tried and I listened to the whole thing. it's his interpretation of how he wants to have you think.

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Interesting Subject - Wrong format

The narration is good and the subject matter is interesting but I just don't think it works as an audio book. The reason? There are a number of exercises and assignments that you to complete as part of learning and becoming more creative. Not very practical if you are listening to this in the car!

That said the subject was interesting enough for me to go and buy a physical copy of the book. So in short as an accompaniment to a physical book and to reinforce concepts its great. As a newcomer to it then better off with a book.

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