How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

About the Author

Michael J. Gelb is a world-renowned innovator in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and leadership development. His clients include Dupont, Merck, Microsoft, and Nike. He is the author of How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day and its companion volume, The How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook. He lives in Edgewater, New Jersey.

How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

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Michael J. Gelb

Genius is made, not born. And human beings are gifted with an almost unlimited potential for learning and creativity. Now you can uncover your own hidden abilities, sharpen your senses, and liberate your unique intelligence—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 Leonardo's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces Seven Da Vincian Principles—the essential elements of genius—from curiosity, the insatiably curious approach to life, to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Leonardo as your inspiration, you will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. 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, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind.


  • Softcover
  • 7 x 8.5 inches
  • 336 pages
  • Published: 2000

Editorial Reviews

"By capturing the very essence of DaVinci's life and genius . . . Michael Gelb guides us in a discovery and understanding of the boundlessness of our own full human potential." —Deepak Chopra, author of The Path to Love and Ageless Body, Timeless Mind

"A brilliant, practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability." —Ted Hughes, author of Birthday Letters

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