The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. This groundbreaking new book is all about how every one of us can find our element, connecting with our true talents and fulfilling our creative potential. Creativity expert Ken Robinson believes that we are all born with tremendous natural capacities, but that we lose touch ...
The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. This groundbreaking new book is all about how every one of us can find our element, connecting with our true talents and fulfilling our creative potential. Creativity expert Ken Robinson believes that we are all born with tremendous natural capacities, but that we lose touch with them as we spend more time in the world. Whether it's a child bored in class, an employee being misused or just someone who feels frustrated but can't quite explain why, too many people don't know what they are really capable of achieving.Education, business and society as a whole are losing out. "The Element" draws on the stories of a wide range of people - from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to renowned physicist Richard Feynman and many others, including business leaders and athletes - showing how all of them came to recognize their unique talents and were able to make a successful living doing what they love. With a wry sense of humour and a sense of optimism, Ken Robinson looks at the conditions that enable us to find ourselves in the element, and those that stifle that possibility. He shows that age and occupation are no barrier and he argues that there is an urgent need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about ourselves.
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I highly recommend this book. Very inspiring. It challenges you to recognize and run with your inherent strengths -- the natural abilities you already have. Robinson motivates his readers to evaluate themselves based on nontraditional areas of intelligence - the areas society usually overlooks. Finding this strength, this passion inside of you can change your life, your career, your achievements.
This book is especially meaningful for those looking for a career, or people who feel they have so much more to give, but haven't yet found their niche. It's a must read for home-schooling parents seeking to bring out the best in their kids.
I believe it is the answer to a wearying global economy. Instead of hunting & chasing after up-and-coming job markets or industries -- instead of pushing yourself to learn job skills in fields you don't care for, and will change anyway -- this book should teach you the power of living in YOUR element, something you both love and excel at. Find it, and people will pay you to do what you love and do best.
Jul 8, 2010
square peg, round hole people
This book is for educators or artistic people in need of recovery from their regimented lackluster official Western education, not for those trying to find their passion.
The first three quarters of the book talks about the blazing success of those of artistic nature who thrived in spite of the one size fits all education. This part could've used some culling.
The last quarter of the book looks at why and how the education system missed the mark for those who aren't of the math/science leaning. It also cites a few shining examples of schools that've retooled their curriculum to engage more students.
The sad and sorry advice at the end for those plugged into the labor-market in unengaging roles is to engage in your passion in your spare time. I don't know that it's going to be news to anyone and that's usually tougher to accomplish for those loaded with the typical job/house/kids/spouse as it means offloading a great deal of responsibility for serious pursuit.
Jul 9, 2009
Engaging and Interesting
The author is man out if is time. He is our Shakespeare of Education. Hope we may follow his advice and change the education system accordingly. The Element is more than a book: it is a reference for the youth and a reminder for the ones that presently work and are unhappy with their professional as they feel there is still something to be done. To quote a British Royal Airforce saying: "Those who risk win". JFP
Publishers Weekly, 2008-09-29 Robinson (Out of Our Minds), renowned in the areas of creativity development, innovation and human resources, tackles the challenge of determining and pursuing work that is aligned with individual talents and passions to achieve well-being and success. The element is what he identifies as the point where the activities individuals enjoy and are naturally good at come together. Offering a wide range of stories about the creative journeys of different people with diverse paths to the element--including Paul McCartney, The Alchemist author Paulo Coelho, and Vidal Sassoon as well as lesser-known examples--he demonstrates a rich vision of human ability and creativity. Covering such topics as the power of creativity, circles of influence, and attitude and aptitude, the author emphasizes the importance of nurturing talent along with developing an understanding of how talent expresses itself differently in every individual. Robinson emphasizes the importance of mentors and reforming and transforming education, making a convincing argument bolstered by solid strategies for honing creativity. Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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