Maybe you love to solve puzzles or learn about nature. Most of us have at least one talent or interest.
May Great cities attract ambitious people. You can sense it when you walk around one. In a hundred subtle ways, the city sends you a message: The surprising thing is how different these messages can be.
New York tells you, above all: There are other messages too, of course. You should be hipper. You should be better looking. But the clearest message is that you should be richer. What I like about Boston or rather Cambridge is that the message there is: You really should get around to reading all those books you've been meaning to.
When you ask what message a city sends, you sometimes get surprising answers. As much as they respect brains in Silicon Valley, the message the Valley sends is: That's not quite the same message New York sends.
Power matters in New York too of course, but New York is pretty impressed by a billion dollars even if you merely inherited it.
In Silicon Valley no one would care except a few real estate agents. What matters in Silicon Valley is how much effect you have on the world. The reason people there care about Larry and Sergey is not their wealth but the fact that they control Google, which affects practically everyone.
Empirically, the answer seems to be: You might think that if you had enough strength of mind to do great things, you'd be able to transcend your environment. Where you live should make at most a couple percent difference.
But if you look at the historical evidence, it seems to matter more than that. Most people who did great things were clumped together in a few places where that sort of thing was done at the time.
You can see how powerful cities are from something I wrote about earlier: Practically every fifteenth century Italian painter you've heard of was from Florence, even though Milan was just as big. People in Florence weren't genetically different, so you have to assume there was someone born in Milan with as much natural ability as Leonardo.
What happened to him? If even someone with the same natural ability as Leonardo couldn't beat the force of environment, do you suppose you can? I'm fairly stubborn, but I wouldn't try to fight this force. I'd rather use it. So I've thought a lot about where to live.
I'd always imagined Berkeley would be the ideal place—that it would basically be Cambridge with good weather. But when I finally tried living there a couple years ago, it turned out not to be. The message Berkeley sends is: Life in Berkeley is very civilized.
It's probably the place in America where someone from Northern Europe would feel most at home. But it's not humming with ambition.
In retrospect it shouldn't have been surprising that a place so pleasant would attract people interested above all in quality of life. Cambridge with good weather, it turns out, is not Cambridge. The people you find in Cambridge are not there by accident. You have to make sacrifices to live there.I'm a big picture, big thinker kind of guy.
So while my editors mess around with the most important people right now, I'm swirling a brandy snifter full of smart and compiling a list that tells the story of the human race: the All-Time TIME of All Time™.
Leonardo da Vinci by Emelia Worcester. The one and only Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. He was famous for being a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, musician, inventor, and scientist.
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Have a great year! Da Vinci is world famous for his paintings and the way he used light in his portraits. His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa, which was valued in at US$ million and a suggested value today of US$ million.