How to Think Like Da Vinci Guest Post by Lisa Olsen

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“The desire to know is natural to good men.” – Leonardo Da Vinci

One of my favorite books is the fascinating book by Michael J. Gelb, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci. It would take an encyclopedia to begin to share the full scope of his accomplishments. Leonardo the artist is known for transforming the direction of arr. He pioneered the use of oil paints. His universally recognized paintings like the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are works of superb creativity. Leonardo the inventor made plans for a flying machine, parachutes, the extendable ladder (still in use by fire departments today), the three speed gear shift, the bicycle, a snorkel, the world’s first revolving stage, locks for a canal system, folding furniture, the first elevator, and many more. More than any single invention, he deserves credit for pioneering the concept of automation.

In his book, Gelb breaks down the genius of Da Vinci in a practical guide to problem solving, creative thinking, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind. The book was so empowering that I worked to develop a one day workshop for assistants titled What it Takes to Be Great!

Gelb focuses the book on Seven Da Vincian Principles. I’d like to share one of them:

  • Curiositaan insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning.

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Safety Tips for Female Travelers

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Women Traveling Alone Should Enjoy Themselves

Traveling alone has many benefits. You get to eat in peace and quiet. You can “veg” out all night in your room and watch TV or read your favorite novel.

I have been traveling for business for 25 years and 90% of the time, I travel alone. Most of my work as a female professional speaker and corporate trainer takes me across the United States with little international travel (by choice).

While being on the road is tiring, stressful and can drive you crazy when you travel often for business, it can be exhilarating. I come across all kinds of interesting sights, people, places and great restaurants. I never know what might be around the next corner.

Women who don’t travel often will say to me, “Don’t you hate eating by yourself?” I tell them, “No.” I am quite used to it. As I said earlier, I enjoy my quiet time. I take my time and dine rather than gobble down something quick. I actually eat better on the road than when I am at home.

I love to watch people and observe them. It is amazing how many people do not take in their world, they are completed strapped to their phone or tablets. As I watch them I think about how much of life they are really missing when traveling.

If you are a female traveler, you have extra concerns that a male does not have—safety being #1 on the list.

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