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-
Have you ever ridden on a train that travels at 250 Kmph? Last week I boarded one headed from Rome, Italy to Florence, Italy. My goal was to experience the wonders of art that can be found in Florence, Italy. Florence was the hub of the artistic renaissance which began in the fourteenth century.
When I arrived in Florence I found a flyer advertising the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum and wasted no time in finding it, paying my entry fee, and enjoying what the museum had to offer. The museum detailed the inventions of Italy’s most famous Philosopher, Painter, Scientist, Engineer, and Architect all rolled into one human being who only lived until the age of 67. In those 67 years, he turned his world on its ear.
Leonardo, by anyone’s estimate, was a genius not fully appreciated in his own time. Perhaps there are days when you feel the same? This short blog can by no means devote the proper in-depth focus to DaVinci he deserves, so I am not going to attempt that. What I want to concentrate on is Leonardo Da Vinci the Mechanical Engineer.
While Leonardo is best known for the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper Fresco Painting, his engineering drawings and inventions were far ahead of his time. Many of the things that he thought up are still in use today, and some in the very configuration in which Leonardo thought them up!
Leonardo came up with the concept of the ball bearing and race, that is what is pictured in the photo at the top of the page. Engines, bicycle wheels, and many other modern pieces of equipment still use the ball bearing and race to keep things moving along.
Have you ever heard of an automobile having a dual overhead cam? Not that you need to know what that is, but Leanardo invented that cam and it is largely the same design today as when he drew it!
Flying machines, gears, military tanks, parachutes, bicycles, water pumps, and cranes are just a few of the wonderful inventions that came from the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci.
What about you? Are you a genius? Will the world marvel at your accomplishments a hundred years from now? I guess that all depends on you, doesn’t it? One thing I noticed about Leanardo Da Vince, he clearly thought “outside of the box.” He clearly asked the question, why not? Why not me? Why can’t it be done?
We, all too often, just stay within the confines of the box that our families, society, jobs, careers, degrees, and the like have put us in. Why have they put us in these boxes? Because it makes them all feel secure, no one wants a wild card making trouble and telling anyone who will listen that the world is round.
But it is precisely these people who will change the world, who will be remembered, who will leave this earth having made a difference, no matter how small.
Do you want to be one of them? Would you like for someone, someday, to go to your hometown and learn of the great things that you did? Maybe that’s too big an idea for you to grasp, can you make a difference in your sphere of influence? With the people that you encounter every day? With your family, your kids, your job, your church, or civic organization?
The point is that we can all be Leonardo in some way, if we will ask ourselves, why not, and why not me?