Leonardo da Vinci was a poor kid (son of a notary) who started out as an apprentice to a goldsmith.
He was also a world-class
- Problem solver
When Bill Gates gave commencement address at Northern Arizona University, he didn’t talk about technology, or computers, or any particular skill set. Instead, he focused on the idea that life is NOT a one-act play. He advised students to learn to solve problems.
There are lots of reasons to be a generalist. The visit to this museum really brought this home for me.
01:10 The Leonardo Museum of Science & Technology in Milan
1:35 Leonardo Da Vinci was a GREAT Generalist
1:51 Photos from the museum
2:00 The US Education system is designed to create specialists
02:15 Specialists in marketing
03:30 The downside of hiring a specialist (as opposed to a generalist)
03:50 Why hire a versatile person or team to do your marketing
04:19 Leonardo da Vinci was a poor son of a notary, apprenticed to a goldsmith
05:00 Leonardo’s resume applying for a job with the Medicis (the wealthiest family in Italy)
06:00 Leonardo’s map of the South Pole (?)
07:30 Bill Gates’ commencement address at Northern Arizona University – “Life isn’t a one-act play” and “Learn to solve problems!”