Leonardo Da Vinci's Life Changing Job Application Letter Written 532 Years Ago


You probably had those job interviews where you felt like you were good enough for the job, better yet, you knew you were good enough but somehow didn't get a respond, right?

I think there have been occasions when it was almost impossible for you to get the job after the answers you gave to the trick questions or a few minor mistakes you made while talking about yourself.

How did Leonardo da Vinci, perhaps one of the most important inventors of human history, express himself when he wrote a job application?

How did he persuade the employer that he was the best person to do the job and he would do whatever it takes to do it?

What kind of sentences did he use? 

According to his job application letter, which was published on openculture.com, he was pretty persuasive.

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In 1482, at the age of 30, he wrote out a letter and a list of his capabilities and sent it off to Ludovico il Moro, Duke of Milan.

Having yet to establish his reputation as perhaps the Italian Renaissance’s most respected polymath, Leonardo spelled himself out, in translation, as follows:

Most Illustrious Lord, Having now sufficiently considered the specimens of all those who proclaim themselves skilled contrivers of instruments of war, and that the invention and operation of the said instruments are nothing different from those in common use.


 I have a sort of extremely light and strong bridges, adapted to be most easily carried. 



I know how when a place is besieged, to take the water out of the trenches, and make an endless variety of bridges, and covered ways and ladders, and other machines pertaining to such expeditions.



If, by reason of the height of the banks, or the strength of the place and its position, it is impossible, when besieging a place, to avail oneself of the plan of bombardment, I have methods for destroying every rock or other fortress, even if it were founded on a rock, etc. 



Again, I have kinds of mortars; most convenient and easy to carry.



I have kinds of many machines most efficient for offense and defense; and vessels which will resist the attack of the largest guns and powder and fumes.



I have means by secret and tortuous mines and ways, made without noise, to reach a designated spot, even if it were needed to pass under a trench or a river. 


I will make covered chariots, safe and unattackable, which, entering among the enemy with their artillery, there is no body of men so great but they would break them.



In case of need I will make big guns, mortars, and light ordnance of fine and useful forms, out of the common type.


Where the operation of bombardment might fail, I would contrive catapults, mangonels, trabocchi, and other machines of marvellous efficacy and not in common use. And in short, according to the variety of cases, I can contrive various and endless means of offense and defense.



In times of peace I believe I can give perfect satisfaction and to the equal of any other in architecture and the composition of buildings public and private; and in guiding water from one place to another.



I can carry out sculpture in marble, bronze, or clay, and also I can do in painting whatever may be done, as well as any other, be he who he may.



Again, the bronze horse may be taken in hand, which is to be to the immortal glory and eternal honor of the prince your father of happy memory, and of the illustrious house of Sforza.

And if any of the above-named things seem to anyone to be impossible or not feasible, I am most ready to make the experiment in your park, or in whatever place may please your Excellency – to whom I comment myself with the utmost humility, etc.

                                                 Leonardo da Vinci

Even the densest 15th century Duke could see the use of a man capable of making portable bridges and other things and da Vinci got the job.


He worked for 15 years on his projects and inventions and showed his courage on every project he did. He made everyone see the master he was.

After this career break, we know that da Vinci lived a life far ahead of his time.

Da Vinci dies in Cloux Castle on May 2, 1519. And his last words were:

"I have powered God and mankind because my works have not reached the qualities that they should have."

Despite the skills and abilities that were far above the requirements of the time he lived and the inventions and works he gave to humanity, he was a humble person who could still see his work inadequate. He did so right before he was dying.

The rest is up to you.

Article source: http://www.openculture.com/2014/01/leonardo-da-vincis-handwritten-resume-1482.html

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