I do not claim to be a modern-day female Da Vinci. Da Vinci was not only a master of many things, but he was brilliant in each, and a visionary and paradigm shifter. But I do make the argument that there is an essential flaw in the concept that we can only pursue one thing in life, and I will go further to say women are often more able to do so because of the multi-tasking nature of their lives.
My twin brother, Scott Griffiths, also ignored my mother’s advice. He is an artist, a marketing and branding expert, an entrepreneur, a professor, and has conceived, co-authored, and published a number of best selling coffee table books. His latest book, Beyond Genius, the 12 Essential Traits of Today’s Renaissance Men (on which I served as editor) – was inspired by his very successful current enterprise – the 18/8 Fine Men’s Salons. The salon seeks to help men be the best they can be. And who most represents "Man at his Best" but a Renaissance man?!
In exploring these remarkable men of the past and the present – the thought came to Scott and to me: What about Renaissance women? What makes a modern Renaissance woman? Who were the Renaissance women of the past – both recognized and unrecognized? What differentiates a Renaissance woman from a Renaissance man? And most important, what can we learn from these extraordinary women?
Since this idea first hit, Scott and I have been putting our twin brains together in developing and writing RenWomen: What Modern Renaissance Women Have to Teach Us About Living Rich, Full Lives, an exploration of modern Renaissance women, and the ways in which they are living lives at their fullest. Why do we call them "RenWomen?" Our title reflects the fact that we see these women with their own name, not one borrowed from the guys!
We will be featuring in this blog, some of the many RenWomen whom we will be interviewing and featuring.