Saturday, 22 May 2010

Can you advance faster by zigzagging? - Story of Leonardo da Vinci (Part 4 of 5)


Fair enough, but if you look at all those projects with the cold eye of a tax accountant, you will be forced to classify most of them as “work in progress.” My point is that, if Leonardo da Vinci lived today, he would probably remain unknown or attain only modest success.

In our days, innovation and competition are fierce in every field. As a group, artists, scientists, physicians, and inventors never rest in the age of internet. The global economy guarantees that someone, somewhere is about to overtake your achievements or take over your company.

There is so much to learn in every field that contemporary artists and professionals can rarely afford to engage in unproductive ventures. The market wants perfect products and reliable services. Nobody cares if you are a genius. What counts is whether you are able to deliver extraordinary value to paying customers.

More often than not, zigzagging will slow you down and waste your opportunities. The difference between Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporary Raphael da Urbino (1483-1520) provides a striking illustration of this principle.

To be continued in Part 5

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by alpha du centaure under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]

Can you advance faster by zigzagging? - Story of Leonardo da Vinci (Part 4 of 5)


Fair enough, but if you look at all those projects with the cold eye of a tax accountant, you will be forced to classify most of them as “work in progress.” My point is that, if Leonardo da Vinci lived today, he would probably remain unknown or attain only modest success.

In our days, innovation and competition are fierce in every field. As a group, artists, scientists, physicians, and inventors never rest in the age of internet. The global economy guarantees that someone, somewhere is about to overtake your achievements or take over your company.

There is so much to learn in every field that contemporary artists and professionals can rarely afford to engage in unproductive ventures. The market wants perfect products and reliable services. Nobody cares if you are a genius. What counts is whether you are able to deliver extraordinary value to paying customers.

More often than not, zigzagging will slow you down and waste your opportunities. The difference between Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporary Raphael da Urbino (1483-1520) provides a striking illustration of this principle.

To be continued in Part 5

[Text: http://johnvespasian.blogspot.com]

[Image by alpha du centaure under Creative Commons Attribution License. See the license terms under http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/us]