Leonardo da Vinci’s Simple Message

by | May 6, 2019 | Archives

This is the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.

There’s a lesson for happiness and success we can gain from his achievements, even five decades later.

The lesson is seek simplicity in an increasingly complex world.  

Numerous marketing gurus have chided me for writing about super thinking, writing, natural health and value investing all at the same website.

They tell me that business would be brisker if my focus was on just one thing.

Yet to me, the simple fact is that self publishing, natural health and value investing are all connected to Super Thinking.  Each are spokes on the same wheel of reality.  You cannot be fulfilled by any of the three without all of them.


Vetruvian Man drawn by Leonardo da Vinci

Balance is the simple key.

For example, success at self publishing won’t necessarily bring happiness.

Look at Earnest Hemingway.  He wrote well and became famous… and committed suicide.

Mark Twain did well as a writer also.  Yet he had to file for bankruptcy in 1894 to discharge his debts when an automatic typesetting machine he created failed to succeed in business.

John Keats, along with Shelly and Byron epitomized romanticism.  Yet Keats died at age 25 of Tuberculosis.

We need simple ways to achieve and maintain balance in an increasingly complex world.

Leonardo da Vinci summed this up in a slightly different way.  “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Being simple is not being dumb.  Wisdom looks for the shortest formula to solve complex problems.  Simplicity creates value.  Simplicity is nature’s way.

The article “Connessione: Seeing the Interconnectedness in Everything” (1) shows this importance of balance.

The article says: Davinci’s appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things enabled him to see and use the larger picture to his advantage.

Leonardo da Vinci may be best known for his artistic masterpieces, but he was also an accomplished engineer and scientist, filling over 7,000 pages of notebook entries with his observations.

The slight smile and the sideways glance gives a glimpse into her inner psychology.  To accomplish this allure, the artist carefully engineered the iconic portrait by meticulously studying the muscles and nerves of the face.

The Wall Street Journal article “Buffett Partner Charlie Munger Has a Side Gig: Designing College Dorms” (2) shares an example of balance and interconnectivity.


Image of Charlie Munger in Wall Street Journal article.

The article shows how Munger, one of the most successful investors ever, and who at age 95 is still active and working, balances his life when it says:  The conversation began in his study, where bookshelves line the walls. Binders of Value Line stock reports are vastly outnumbered by volumes by and about the likes of Mark Twain, Samuel Johnson and Benjamin Franklin, Mr. Munger’s hero, whom he admires for his curiosity, ingenuity and wit.

His approach to architecture echoes his roughly six-decade-long career as an investor: He revels in his ornery defiance of conventional wisdom.

Some of the 95-year-old billionaire’s ideas sound eccentric. Removable walls? Windowless bedrooms? Modeling dormitories after cruise ships? Mr. Munger calls conventional architecture “massively stupid.”

His approach to architecture echoes his roughly six-decade-long career as an investor: He revels in his ornery defiance of conventional wisdom.

“You can’t solve your problem, if you want correct thinking, by just hiring bright people,” he says, “because they do many dumb things.”

When Mr. Munger imposes his design vision, even bathrooms don’t escape his attention.

“Any time you go to a football game or a function there’s a huge line outside the women’s bathroom. Who doesn’t know that they pee in a different way than the men?” Mr. Munger says. “What kind of idiot would make the men’s bathroom and the women’s bathroom the same size? The answer is, a normal architect!”

At Harvard-Westlake in the 1990s, a preliminary design for the high-school science center he was funding called for the girls’ and boys’ bathrooms to be the same size. He turned to the architect and said, “We’re teaching biology in this same building?”

The plans promptly changed, and the girls’ bathrooms were built larger than the boys’.

Be simple and you’ll be happier and more effective.

We stress the importance of simplicity in writing in our writer’s course.  

Keep it simple when communicating.  This simple tip can bring you extra influence, especially when you are writing…  but really in any communication.

There are eleven times more non fiction books written than fiction.  When writing non fiction, the writer wants the reader to recognize his or her authority of the subject.

Many writers assume that if they make the subject complex, readers will assume the writer is smarter.  Such thinking may be wrong.

The more complicated the writing, the more stupid the writer seems to look.

The extract of research in 2005 on simplicity in writing (3) says:  “Most texts on writing style encourage authors to avoid overly-complex words. However, a majority of undergraduates admit to deliberately increasing the complexity of their vocabulary so as to give the impression of intelligence. This paper explores the extent to which this strategy is effective.”

The study found that as the text became more complicated, readers gave lower estimates of the author’s intelligence.

Many writers try to impress with fancy language assuming it looks clever.  Instead, if you want to be perceived as more intelligent create a relentless quest to keep your writing simple.

Gain more from the complexity of this world by being simple.

You do not need to dumb down.  Search for the shortest formula to describe a complex phenomenon. Be obsessed with value and simplicity, because in simplicity lies the true beauty of nature.

The shortest, simplest solution to most complex problems is the most effective.  Wise people have told us this again and again.

Albert Einstein said: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

Confucius exposed the culprit of complexity:  “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


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A study of 10,000 British people studied the pure relationship between intelligence and happiness stability.

IQ can predict the emotional ups and downs of life.   The research found that the lower the IQ,  the more stress and higher the ups and downs in life satisfaction.  The differences were not due to education, income, or jobs either, but simply IQ.


Delegates at a Super Thinking course relaxing in their secret rose garden.

Free yourself by becoming smarter, healthier, happier… in just weeks… hearing  a relaxation session that takes you into your secret rose garden.

Merri, David and I originally developed this session for our Super Thinking courses and have set it into an online workshop for you.

Listen… just 18 minutes day.  We guarantee your life will be better.

Inflate Your IQ.

When it comes to money… inflation is cheating.

That’s bad for you.

When it comes to intelligence… inflating is smart… fair… good for you and it’s good for the rest of the world.

Monetary inflation is a sneaky government and business trick.

What cost a dollar in 1965 can easily cost $15 now.

They promise you more.


They devalue the currency so you get more dollars that buy less.  They can rip off your salary,  your pension…raise insurance, almost everything.

And they make you work harder… longer… for less.

Whittle, whittle, whittle.  Push, push, push.  That’s what monetary inflation does to you.

Fight back… overcome the inflation trick.  Inflate your IQ as you relax.

Gain more than IQ.

Be smarter… more energetic…. healthier… more relaxed.

That’s the way to get ahead!

Create more income opportunity.  Reduce stress.  Improve your health.  Be naturally smarter… use Super Thinking.

You can improve your IQ in just weeks.

You might well ask… How is this possible?

Here’s how the scientists say it is possible.

A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ”(1)  show how you can be smarter and actually add matter to your brainThe article says:

           Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it.

Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.

Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.

British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later.  9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.

The study published in Nature said that on a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age. 

MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kid’s skills.

There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes.  New tasks stimulate the brain most.  Young adults given just one month of intense training in juggling, found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.

Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of musical training and new experiences throughout a lifetime.

Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.  Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.

 Improve the brain through music… without lessons.

Here’s the Super Thinking story…

The educational program Merri and I developed uses a form of brain wave integration that increases IQ.

Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  The music creates the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

This Super Thinking program is not a gimmick or trick… just advanced education.

Certain types of Baroque music are the base, and they make you smarter!


At least four best selling books, “Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain”,  “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000″ showed how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

This Baroque music tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons.  An innovative method, the Lozanov Learning System, is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programmers and operators of automated equipment.

Merri was among just a few who learned this technique directly from Dr. Lozanov the time he visited the USA.

Our Super Thinking workshop enhanced this system with numerous other tactics.

We added slight alterations in nutrition that create a higher IQ.   Altered nutritional tips in Super Thinking can make anyone 25% smarter!

Baroque Music and nutrition are just part of seven, easy to use, learning techniques that make you smarter.

Gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages…in less time…two-to-five times faster.

Here’s a huge bonus.  Super Thinking also relieves stress.  Super Thinking is fun.

You can use a Super Thinking focus in everything:  health… earning… education… investing.

Super Thinking works on the learner first…the data second.  This system “grows the learner” rather than the information.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is create a six inch IQ pipe!

Share our years of experience.

For nearly 50 years, Merri and I have conducted hundreds of courses and tours for tens of thousands, in dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain).  Our Super Thinking Workshop has been one of the most profound.  Now the workshop is even better online because it condenses Super Thinking so you can increase your IQ, at home… right away.

The workshop shows how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business for extra income, to forex trading and investing.  Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit.  Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to rapidly get smarter in every part of your life.

For example, real estate broker, Suzy Kurinsky took the workshop to help her learn Spanish.

She wrote: “You are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range.  My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!”

Super thinking can improve almost anything you do… faster, better, more fun and with less stress.

Another attendee to the Super Thinking Workshop sent this note.

 Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you.   I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Super Thinking can help improve your health. Super Thinking can make you rich and add richness to your life.

However the time, travel expense and workshop cost (delegates have paid up to $999) have prohibited many from getting this benefit.

That’s why we have created the workshop in electronic form.  Get Super Thinking online for less than fifty bucks.

You can order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Relax in the Secret Rose Garden.

The workshop is divided into two parts.  Part one is the application… the sessions that tell you exactly what to do, what music to use and even includes two recorded sessions based around a secret rose garden that you can use.  We have kept this portion short and simple so you can easily start immediately.

Part two is a longer portion on theory.

Part one is enough.

Super Thinking is like jogging… giving results if you simply do it!

You do not have to know why Super Thinking works to increase your IQ.   But Part Two explains why you are getting the good results from Part One, if you want to know.

You might ask…”Will it work for me”?

The Super Thinking Workshop will help increase your IQ.

Our guarantee.

I guarantee it.  Order the Super Thinking Workshop.  Use it for two months.  If you are not totally satisfied… in any way, during that time, simply let me know and I’ll send a full refund… immediately… no questions asked.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop here ($49.95)

Another Super Thinking workshop attendee wrote: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible”.   I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.   Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Inflation is a cheat… a crime when it comes to money.  Inflating your IQ to beat inflation is simple good sense.  Learn Super Thinking now with no risk.  Begin to increase your intelligence today.

Order the online Super Thinking Workshop  $49.95.


(1) Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ

(2) See government grant records on teaching blind persons with the Lozanov method


(1) www.creativity-portal.com: da Vinci connection

(2) www.wsj.com: Charlie Munger has a side gig designing college dorms

(3) Abstract of research on writing and simplicity



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