“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.” – Leonardo da Vinci
We tend to be jealous of other people’s achievements in life. We find it difficult to admit that someone achieved great things on his own merit. We rather pretend that it all happened to them based on pure luck. Our excuse is that we do not achieve success because we are not as lucky. Well, you cannot deny that luck plays its role in everything in life, but extraordinary achievements never come from just luck alone.
It is the curiosity, the motivation, the will and the perseverance of people that drives them towards success. When we look at modern companies like Airbnb and Uber, we think it was all such a simple idea. Why did we not come up with that idea? The founders of both companies are now multimillionaires. How is that possible? Well, it is very simple. They saw a need in the market and went out and happened to things.
Leonardo da Vinci lived in the Republic of Florence, now known as Italy, from 1452 till 1519. Da Vinci is one of the greatest painters of all times, but was a man of all trades with an interest in several aspects of the world. He was a scientist, anatomist, inventor, sculptor, engineer, and many other things. Da Vinci is often referred to as a universal genius. The man was incredibly curious, imaginative and creative. The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper are two famous paintings from his hand. The well-known drawing of the Vitruvian Man also bears his signature. He was obsessed with flying and made many engineer drawings of objects that could fly. Drawings of parachutes, helicopters and tanks, all objects that were only developed hundreds of years after his death, indicate that he was a real visionary. Leonardo Da Vinci is considered one of the most diversely talented people that have ever walked this earth.