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Leonardo Da Vinci teaches an important lesson: mentor ship can pave this way to independent success. The skills he obtained during his apprenticeship allowed Da Vinci to hone his talents.

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Leonardo Da Vinci Inspiration

  1. 1. Inspiring People: Lessons for us Part 8: Inspiring People Leonardo Da Vinci
  2. 2. Leonardo Da Vinci teaches an important lesson: mentorship can pave this way to independent success. The guidance that Verrochio gave to Da Vinci led him to his success, and the skills he obtained during his apprenticeship allowed Da Vinci to hone his artistic talents. Inspirational Lessons: As expected, after many years of reaping the benefits of having a mentor, Leonardo Da Vinci became a mentor himself; taking on a young aristocratic assistant.
  3. 3. Leonardo Da Vinci was not only a painter; he was also an architect, musician and an inventor. His greatness, however, was not built up by himself alone – when Da Vinci was only 15 years old he moved to Florence to work as an apprentice for one of the most successful artists of his day; Andrea di Cione.
  4. 4. Da Vinci thrived under the mentorship of di Cione. He was taught technical skills and offered opportunities to learn a vast range of subjects; from leather working to sculpting. During this time Da Vinci showed di Cione (also known as Verrochio) that he had a talent greater than Verrochio had experienced.
  5. 5. Da Vinci found that working with Verrochio was so beneficial that he continued to collaborate with him after he had qualified as a master in the Guild of St LukeDa Vinci is a good example of allowing oneself to be taught how to use one’s talents in order to be able to work individually in the future. At 30 years old Da Vinci started his own practice, but decided to move to Milan and was then mentored by Ludovico Sforza, who taught him more skills in Art.
  6. 6. Shortly after the completion of The Last Supper, Leonardo made friends with a famous Mathematician; Fra Luca Pacioli who ended up teaching Da Vinci advanced Maths. Wherever Leonardo Da Vinci moved to, he would find somebody who could educate him further in his interest at the time. In the 1500s, however, he started working on his own as a court painter and engineer for Louis XII.
  7. 7. As a leader, it is also necessary to sometimes be taught how to better use your talents, and also how to lead. Every great leader has had somebody who inspires them to do so. Although Da Vinci was naturally talented, he found it incredibly beneficial to have an experienced person to teach him more and develop his talents into expertise. Da Vinci also became a great mentor for the young assistant, and is still used to inspire art students with his fine technique and skill.
  8. 8. “It had 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.” Words of Wisdom:
  9. 9. “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself.” “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.”
  10. 10. “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself...the height of a man's success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment. ...And this law is the expression of eternal justice. He who cannot establish dominion over himself will have no dominion over others.” “He who wishes to be rich within a day, will be hanged within a year.” “He who loves practice without theory is like the sailor who boards ship without a rudder and compass and never knows where he may cast.” References: http://www.leonardoda-vinci.org/biography.html http://www.sparknotes.com/biography/davinci/summary.html http://www.mentormob.com/learn/i/art-6/leonardo-da-vinci- wikipedia-the-free-encyclopedia

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