Are you a creative person with so many diverse passions that people sometimes call you “confused?”
Don’t worry then my friend because I feel the same.
By training, I am a corporate lawyer. But by profession, I am a writer. In which genre, fiction or non-fiction……please don’t ask.
Because the few years that I have been in “business,” I have written over 18 books in genres ranging from cookbooks to self-help, introversion to publishing and memoirs to fiction. In the coming years, I may feel adventurous enough to experiment with adventure or a few more genres like fantasy or thriller.
Sensible and experienced business veterans may tut-tut and say that such “fickle-minded” behaviour makes little sense. That you need to always play to your strengths. That by dabbling in so many sectors you will only fritter away your energies. That financially so many trickles will never become a torrent…..
If like me, you don’t agree, then just quote one example and that should shut every one fast. And that artist, is the brilliant, the great, the one and only—Leonardo Da Vinci.
Despite not receiving much of a formal education, Leonardo turned out to be perhaps one of the most diversely talented people who ever walked on the planet Earth. Unable to “cope with only one skill,” he became an artist, painter, sculptor, inventor, mathematician, engineer, architect, anatomist and writer. And that was not all.
He was also a story teller, joke teller, riddle-designer, and a prankster. Leonardo was ambidextrous and could write and paint with both hands at the same time. He was labelled as a “polymath,” which meant that he was “addicted” to doing TOO many things at the same time!
And the best part: Leonardo Da Vinci was a quiet artist.
Leonard’s contemporaries have described his personality as charming, graceful yet reserved. He valued solitude, and his views below strongly attest to his introversion:
“If you are alone you belong entirely to yourself. If you are accompanied by even one companion you belong only half to yourself or even less in proportion to the thoughtlessness of his conduct and if you have more than one companion you will fall more deeply into the same plight.”
As a fellow introvert, I can relate to this quotation instantly. It feels as if Leonardo is speaking for every introvert on this planet.
If you are interested to read more on Leonardo Da Vinci or some other legendary painters, poets, actors, directors and musicians, do feel free to refer to my latest book “Celebrating Quiet Artists: Stirring Stories of Introverted Artists Who the World Can’t Forget.” The book is now out on Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play and many other e-Book platforms.