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Is genius something your born with?

By Marcus Santer

The Sunday Quote:

“Iron rusts from disuse,
water loses its purity from stagnation…
Even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”
Leonardo da Vinci

I’m reading Mastery by Robert Greene at the moment.

Fascinating book.

By looking at different types of masters in different fields it highlights different routes you can take towards mastery of your own. It’s funny because I always tend to think of Leonardo da Vinci as being a genius and therefore it being inevitable he would become so famous.

But it’s not true.

It seems there are many twists and turns to his story.

Especially the year 1481 when the Pope asked Lorenzo de’Medici to tell him the names of the finest artists in Florence so they could go and decorate the newly built Sistine Chapel.

Leonardo was one of the best, but Lorenzo didn’t like him.

So off went the finest artists to Rome – except Leonardo.

It’s at such moments your life can take a dramatic change. I mean you can’t change what happens to you, but you can choose how you’re going to react to what happens to you.

Leonardo decided he would go to Milan and establish himself there.

Anyway, the story doesn’t end there, but you should read the book, it’s very good, and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re interested in mastery of anything.

Here’s a snippet I underlined:

“…people get the mind and quality of brain that they deserve through their actions in life.”

Mastery it would seem is less a gift you’re born with and more the result of focused and deliberate hard work.

Who’d have thought it eh?

Right, gotta go, up early do go and shoot some video for the “coming soon” ZEN+ Home Study Course.

Bye for now

Marcus