There are many lessons that business owners can learn from artists, particularly an amazing artist like Leonardo Da Vinci. Here are three lessons from Leonardo Da Vinci that we should all be applying to our business.
1: Get Perspective
“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
This is so true in business. We are focused on the day to day activities and rarely do we step back and look at our business. Only then can we really see what is working and what isn’t working. Perhaps you’ve been focused on a product/service or marketing strategy that isn’t generating the results you want. If you step back and look at it in a bigger context your might discover modifications you can make or you might determine that now is time to make a major change. Take a few steps back from the day to day and look at your business, what do you see?
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo Da Vinci
In today’s technology driven world is it very easy to complicate our business, to add layers that consume time and energy. Recently I was making a purchase in a store that has been in business for over 50 years. The sales woman had to calculate the price by hand, write the order by hand, then I assume someone is going to have to enter it into a computer to be sent to the manufacturer. There were stacks of paper everywhere. Changing their process and adding a computer based pricing and invoicing system would greatly simplify their business. How can you simplify your business? What would the results be?
3: Take Control
“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
There are two types of people who go into business. Those who are truly driven by the passion of business, by making a success of something, of anything! They go out and make things happen. Then there are the rest of us who go into business because we have a passion for something that we love to do. For example many people step into coaching because they have a passion to help people see their own potential but get hung up on how to run a successful business.
We need to:
- Learn from those driven by working on a business.
- Get out and make things happen.
- Take control of our businesses.
What will do you do this week to get perceptive, simplify and make something happen in your business?
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