Updated: Aug 22, 2018
In this of age AI and fast technological development I often hear when I meet senior executives: “how can we be more creative?” or “we need to innovate more”, but not all seem to reflect where quality innovation and creativity really comes from. I would argue that innovative ideas are born out of curiosity, a learning mindset and a bank of accumulated knowledge. (Then of course experimenting, iterations and hard work to make it a reality.)
I didn’t know much about Leonardo Da Vinci before reading Walter Isaacson’s fascinating biography on Da Vinci. I saw him as this old bearded man who got his creative genius through some sort of divine power. Instead he is portrayed as a complete human (with strengths and weaknesses), but he stands out from the rest of us mainly due to his extreme amount of curiosity and a learning mindset constantly accumulating knowledge. Even though he died 499 years ago, he is still one of the most innovative persons that has ever lived, so why not learn from the greatest: Stay curious!