Three centuries of art, culture, science, learning and enlightenment. Three-hundred years produced some of the most well-known pieces of art and innovation that we still look at with wonder. The collected works include pieces like David, The Sistine Chapel, The Last Supper, Píeta, Mona Lisa and literally enough others to fill a entire blog post. We can thank people like Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Dürer, Galileo, Shakespeare and Mozart for some of the greatest contributions to the history of the world. This period of time in Europe from the 14th Century all the way through the 17th Century is known the world-over as the Renaissance.
But when you boil three-hundred years of art, science and math innovations down, what do you come up with? Well, in modern culture, we have the term “Renaissance man.” It’s easy to muse about the meaning of such a phrase. It could reference someone with great artistic vision or innovators that create world-changing devices. It often conjures up thoughts of well-read men in smoking jackets that discuss world politics and history while pulling on their pipe in their garish living room filled with the aroma of rich mahogany.
Thankfully for us, we don’t have to wonder what a “Renaissance man” actually is. Mr. Merriam-Webster shares that a Renaissance man is “a person who has wide interests and is expert in several areas.” Sound familiar? Sounds an awful-lot like a 1,000-Hour Pro.
The Renaissance is one of the greatest periods of productivity, innovations and enlightenment in history, and it seems to center on the value of being well-rounded. Men like Leonardo da Vinci weren’t just great painters. They put forth some of the latest technology and dreamt up some of the craziest stuff. Leonardo drew up plans for a helicopter centuries before the first helicopter flight in the 1940s. He’s most famous for the Mona Lisa, but he also thought up an armored car during his 15th-Century lifetime. He knew a lot spread out across many areas. He didn’t focus in on one thing and only do that. He was a 1,000-Hour Pro.
And today, we’re seeing some of the greatest strides in technology since the Renaissance. We’re seeing unimaginable innovation and world-changing ideas, and because of that, I think we’re in the middle of a second Renaissance. So what does that call for? More Renaissance men and women. We need those of us who can think in an interdisciplinary fashion. The world needs our expertise across areas to make sure the innovations we’re dreaming up work together. The world needs us to paint and invent at the same time. If we want to continue today’s Renaissance, we need enlightened men and women who are constantly learning and growing and becoming a new version of the Renaissance man; the 1,000-Hour Pro.