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The philosophy of builders: How to build a great future with the pieces from your past Paperback – 31 Oct 2015
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About the Author
JOHN VESPASIAN is the author of seven books about rational living, including "When Everything Fails, Try This" (2009), "Rationality Is the Way to Happiness" (2009), "The 10 Principles of Rational Living" (2012), "Rational living, rational working" (2013), "Consistency: The key to permanent stress relief" (2014), and "On becoming unbreakable: How normal people become extraordinarily self-confident" (2015)
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From Chapter 1
Imagine that you have been born with amazing talents that allow you become anything you want. On the one hand, your unparalleled engineering abilities can serve you to start a company and sell your innovations around the world. On the other hand, your extraordinary knowledge of anatomy can secure you a place amongst the best physicians. In addition, your talent for drawing and composition can allow you to become a renowned artist and produce hundreds of paintings that would be avidly purchased by collectors.
To make things even better, nature grants you a reasonably long life so that you can accomplish as much as possible. You get to live 67 years, enjoying an overall good health. You are born in a country that offers wide opportunities and your family encourages your initiatives.
How much would you achieve in your lifetime? Would you concentrate your energies on one field or change occupations every few years? Which goals would you set for yourself?
Two weeks after your 67th birthday, your time is up. You find yourself terminally ill and look back on your life to see how much you have actually accomplished. When you count your assets, you realize how little you possess after decades of work. When you close your eyes for the last time, you beg for extra days to complete all that you have left unfinished, but now, it is too late.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) died in a house that the King of France had lent him. His last will, which was published after his death, names his meagre possessions. His wealth amounted to a few books, a small estate in Milan, some money, and a few paintings. Not much for someone who many regard as the most talented man who has ever lived.
Except for a few dozen paintings, Leonardo da Vinci rarely finished anything he started. He made copious notes about inventions that never took off the ground. He spent two years making drawings to illustrate an anatomy book that was never published in his lifetime. He also made designs for churches that were never built.
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