What the Heck is a Leonardo Trait?
This post started as “A Brief Introduction to The Leonardo Trait, but that is so not me as to be someone else entirely.
So this is what I wanted to say, but didn’t say very well in my original post, which I of course trashed.
Why Should You Care?
Were you always creative?
Were you also always weird?
I was. I remember in sixth grade drawing a (very good) illustration of a slice of bread hanging on the wall in a museum. Well, okay, it was just a slice of bread in a square that represented a museum wall. But it was a darn fine piece of bread.
Have you ever been called crazy because you were “too” creative?
I have. The last time that happened my “offense” was coming up with several very effective and actionable marketing ideas for a nonprofit I had volunteered to help. The problem was that I came up with all of those ideas in one day, and the director of the nonprofit didn’t want to “get involved with someone like” me.
I swore that would never happen to me again. And it didn’t.
For the next year no one called me crazy for being too creative because I hid my creativity and tried to be “normal.”
The Leonardo Trait is Born
Then on March 25, 2006, I was visiting my best friend for the weekend and she asked what I was reading. I told her about a couple of books on creativity that I had hope to love but didn’t. We talked about what I think creativity is and how it works.
And I said, “There’s this…I don’t know, a trait, maybe several traits…Let’s call it the Leonardo Trait. Really creative people are different and just don’t understand why that’s not a bad thing.”
Those may not have been my exact words, but that’s the gist of it. Unfortunately no one knew we should be recording me for posterity.
My best friend said, after I finished describing this “Leonardo Trait,” that I should write a book about that. So I did, and then I wrote it again and again.
The current edition is called The Leonardo Trait: How Creative People Can Turn Creative Eccentricity into a Life You Love.
So What Exactly Is this Leonardo Trait, then?
When I talk about The Leonardo Trait on book-related sites, I say…
Turn your creative eccentricity into a life you love. The Leonardo Trait is the book on creativity for creative dreamers, underachievers, undersucceeders and rock stars. It’s the owner’s manual for the brains of profoundly creative people, giving creative people permission to be exactly who, what and how they are. It’s time to build the connection between your creative mind and success.
And that is exactly what the book is. This blog is an extension of that book, and I hope you’ll find some comfort here.