The Da Vinci Curse Summary

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Introduction

There are certain names from history which are not forgotten.

One of these names is Leonardo Da Vinci.

What made Da Vinci so well known is he was diversified in his knowledge base.

This is in stark contrast to how today’s society is, which puts pressure on people to only focus on one area of
knowledge.

Within the book, “The Da Vinci Curse”, Lospennato focuses on how why a singular career path is not always the best option, and what you can do to find the right path.

We’ll focus on three different main points, including:

1)    Multi-Talented people don’t fit into a world focused on specialization

2)    Da Vinci people fear competition and struggle to find the field in which they can thrive

3)    Finding your calling will include a systematic evaluation of your creative inventory

Lesson 1: Multi-Talented people don’t fit into a world focused on specialization

Today, more than any other time in history, our careers are based on specialization.

Ifyou look at the list of doctors, there is a doctor for any kind of ailment, and those doctors only focus on that one type.

Thisis also true with college professors, sport athletes, psychologists, lawyers, etc.

If you are a Da Vinci, which means you are multi-talented, this is often a struggle.

These types of people are very interested in a large variety of activities.

However, once they have the basics mastered, they see how specialized the activity is and they make a choice.

This choice is often to leave this activity and find the next activity which can give them a buzz.

Lesson 2: Da Vinci people fear competition and struggle to find the field in which they can thrive

Due to a lack of commitment and direction, Da Vinci type people are often labeled as someone who is a jack of all trades, but a master of none.

There are two main contention points for those with this kind of mentality.

The first is they fear competition.  They are willing to leave an activity if it means they will perform against others.

The second is they fear criticism.  They believe they are smarter than most people, and do not want to be questioned for fear that others will think less of them.

They are not willing to spend time as a student and want to be thought of as the teacher.

With this lack of direction, Da Vinci types often feel as if they have wasted time in their life, which becomes more evident the older they become.

Lesson 3: Finding your calling will include a systematic evaluation of your creative inventory

Sometimes you need to put pen to paper and work thru an issue in a very pragmatic way.

If you sense you are a Da Vinci, there is a way to break the cycle of endless start and stop points.

Take your pen and paper, and then write down what you would do if you had an unlimited amount of money and time.

Once you have completed this list, then you can start marking activities out which do not meet the following criteria:

  • Is it Fun for you?
  • Do you have the Talent for it?
  • Can you Earn Money while doing this?

This should give a clear direction on what kinds of career paths to pursue, so you can put your energy and enthusiasm into an activity which is fulfilling and impactful.

My Personal Takeaway

I really enjoyed this book, as I now can identify myself as a person who suffers from the Da Vinci Curse.

I love to work on new projects, and starting new things and have a really hard time to commit my time and effort to one thing.

Once I do, I start to think about the options and alternatives and sometimes it makes life hard.

On the other hand, I believe I have found my calling which is running websites, and actually, this is probably the one thing that have lasted for years and years for me – hopefully this is the end of my Da Vinci Curse!

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Put it into action

  1. If you have many talents and experiencing a hard time focusing on one project at a time, you might be a person who suffer from the Da Vinci Curse.
  2. If you are a Da Vinci type of person, you probably struggle to find your calling in life and fear competition
  3. Identify your career choices and end the Da Vinci Curse by asking yourself if an activity is fun, if you have talent for it, and if money can be earned doing it.

Hey, I’m Erik
 a Swedish university student, marketing professional, and life-long learner. Here at BookSummaryClub I summarize my favorite non-fiction books into easily digested posts. Hope you like what you’re reading!

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