The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people: Paul McCartney, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Meg Ryan, Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, journalist Arianna Huffington, renowned physicist Richard Feynman, and many others, including business leaders ...

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The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people: Paul McCartney, The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Meg Ryan, Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, journalist Arianna Huffington, renowned physicist Richard Feynman, and many others, including business leaders and athletes. It explores the components of this new paradigm: the diversity of intelligence, the power of imagination and creativity, and the importance of commitment to our own capabilities.

With a wry sense of humor, 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 that once we have found our path, we can help others do so as well. The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the twenty-first century.

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The element referred to in the title is the place where natural talent and personal passion converge. The author, a respected speaker on creativity and self-fulfillment, persuasively contends that identifying this sweet spot is not as difficult as it may sound. To prove his point, he tells the stories of creators as disparate as Paul McCartney, Paolo Coelho, and Vidal Sassoon. However, the author doesn't pretend that we can make it alone; he emphasizes the central role that mentors and creative communities can play in nurturing our talents. A refreshingly un-gimmicky approach to a cherished subject.
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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.)

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Motivational speaker and educational consultant Robinson (Out of Our Minds: Learning To Be Creative) argues that modern educational methods from the time of the industrial revolution are stifling innovation and creativity when these are most needed. He calls for an end to specialization and recognition of the diversity of intelligence. For Robinson, the goal of education should be finding one's "Element," the meeting of one's individual passion and talent. When supported by people who nurture and encourage creativity, individuals are more likely to discover their Element, discern their life ambitions, and find ways of reaching them. It's never too late to reconsider roads not taken and change course, even if it means becoming an amateur, that is, one who finds fulfillment in something other than a job. This holistic view of human potential, educational reform, and self-realization is illustrated with stories of famous and everyday people who overcame obstacles to discover their Element. This is not a self-help book-Robinson's goal is "to illuminate...concepts that you might have sensed intuitively"-but it doesn't succeed at being something larger. Recommended for large public and academic libraries where there is interest, but not essential.
—Lucille M. Boone

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400180608
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/30/2009
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 316,452
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Lou Aronica is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction, and he has collaborated on a number of books, including the national bestseller The Culture Code. Ken Robinson, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 The Element 1

Chapter 2 Think Differently 27

Chapter 3 Beyond Imagining 52

Chapter 4 In the Zone 83

Chapter 5 Finding Your Tribe 103

Chapter 6 What Will They Think? 132

Chapter 7 Do You Feel Lucky? 156

Chapter 8 Somebody Help Me 169

Chapter 9 Is It Too Late? 187

Chapter 10 For Love or Money 207

Chapter 11 Making the Grade 225

Afterword 251

Notes 261

Index 269

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  • Posted March 23, 2009

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    TREMENDOUSLY INSPIRING WAS "THE ELEMENT" ! ! !

    I heard Dr. Ken Robinson discussing his book "The Element" on Huckabee, and immediately ordered it at B&N online. I awaited it anxiously and was very pleased that it arrived promptly! My anticipation was well founded! Dr. Robinson's book was a GREAT read!

    I am at a point in my life, having worked in the same field for over 25 years, that I have begun entertaining the idea of pursuing another line of work along some of my interests. "The Element" gave me a fresh and insightful perspective into what is likely to provide me with the greatest level of satisfaction and feeling of achievement.

    Dr. Robinson did an artful job of weaving the stories of real people, many of them celebrities or people of notoriety, into his thematic presentation. He adeptly utilized inspiring true life accounts of people who have found "the element" to illustrate his persuasive arguments in each chapter. He paints a very convincing picture of how people are happiest in life when their abilities or competencies intersect their passions or most gratifying pursuits. In short, he guides the reader through "I get it!"... "I love it!"... "I want it!"... "Where is it?!" Fortunately, or tragically (I'm still mulling this over!), about the time I was ready to charge out and begin a new career, Robinson allowed for the fact that a person can still feel very fulfilled through pursuing their passion as a hobby or outside interest and not just through making it their life's work.

    Reading "The Element" was undoubtably time well spent! I seriously hated putting it down and, when I had finished it, thought that it ended almost too soon. However, Dr. Robinson did a masterful job of making his point, and providing genuine inspiration, in an appropriate amount of time. The length is perfect... long enough to be convincing... brief enough to leave you wanting more. Nice job. Dr. Robinson is certainly in "the element". Pick up a copy soon and BUY it, don't borrow it, as you'll want to have it on your bookshelf for periodic review!

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    A Must Read for Parents, Educators and Business People!

    Excellent book. All parents and educators should read this. Explains why we need to make changes to our educational system to allow for and develop creativity and right-brained thinking as we progress in the 21st Century. Many examples of people who did not fit into conventional/technical/math/science curriculum, but became highly successful and have made an impact in the world when they found their "Element." Reading this and Daniel Pink's "A Whole New Mind" will inspire you to want to make changes and to do away with all the technical testing required by Bush's No Child Left Behind law.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    Vignettes with vague guidance

    The premise that people all should do their element is pretty common knowledge. The vignettes were interesting, but for me not much different that a gathering of profiles that I have read in various magazines.

    I guess I was expecting a more "how to find your element" rather than just examples of people in their element.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Finding my Element...or Telling me about others who had?

    SO. I picked up this book originally because I heard a speech by the author about the book. The speech was wonderful! However, the book was just repeating over and over ALL these success stories about people who weren't successful in school, but made it big time after they dropped out or moved on or whatever. I thought this book was going to inspire me to GO find my element...nope. It inspired me to want to hurt allll the people in the book who were living their dreams when they didn't work hard in school. I'm working my butt off in school, and my element is sitting on a shelf collecting dust because everyone seems to get in my way. This book did not help me to feel better about not having my element, but it helped me feel depressed and angry toward our school system, most of which I knew about the No Child Left Behind...but overall, not what I was expecting. A huge disappointment.

    5 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 31, 2009

    Inspiring!

    Robinson's insight into creativity is innovative and motivating. He inspires us all to uncover and follow our inner passions in our daily life and work. Using anecdotes as well as thoughtful reflection, Robinson's humorous tone keeps the pace fast without diluting his message. This is a must-read for anyone who feels victim to monotony.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

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    Ken Robinson understands the personal desire for clairty in one's life. Find your Element today!

    At sixty years old, I now understandn why I have been very empty creativly most of my life. Thank you Mr. Robinson. What an answer to prayer.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2013

    Well worth the read.

    After hearing a speech by Sir Ken Robinson I purchased this book. It is worth the read. He expounds on his work in creativity. The latter half of his book seems to veer off; however, it is a book I would recommend. I especially would recommend it to parents of young children.

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    Posted May 30, 2012

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    Grounded. ~ Firedash

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    Posted May 29, 2012

    Lilysun

    "Okay, its just a little confusing counting the results" Lilysun mewed pressing against him.

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  • Posted May 22, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Ken Robinson is brilliant. Everyone should read this book, though, Robinson's message is critical for educators and parents. Readers will learn that "the element is the meeting place between natural aptitude and personal passion". When we are in the element, and doing the work we were truly meant to do, our professional lives will be satisfying and meaningful. This happens when we honor our true talents, and intelligence, and turn them into career opportunities. This is a very different message than the one on which most of us were raised. Yet, personal satisfaction with one's work is part of leading a healthy and satisfying life. We should want this for ourselves. We should want this for our children. We should want this evolved attitude about true aptitude and intelligence for our society.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Spottedcloud

    Pads out through the main camp tunnel and later there is a stench of blood coming from outside in the forest...
    The elder had been taking a walk wanting to maybe catch an odd mouse or beetle. But while she was stalking a mouse she had forgoten to check for foxes or badgers...
    *A fox slid out of the bushes silently creeping up on the unaware elder* pounce! The elder caught her mouse, a young and plump one but then the fox attacked; and bit her throat leaving blood stains on the ground. The elder fought back bravely and strongly, her pelt shining and almost glowing silver, her blue eyes as bright as light, and the golden cloud print on her sides were gleaming. The elder looked young as in her prime time but her throat was cut open and she was getting weaker by the moment...
    Some warriors and apprentices rush out and drive the fox away but they were to late...
    Spottedclouds eyes were dim and staring into nothingness and her pelt dim, her pelt cold, and her sweet, free, and familiar scent fading away with her spirit. She was dead, andgone to her anscestors in Starclan.~dead,Spottedcloud

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Smpkeheart

    *pressed his muzzle into he pelt* i didnt get to know you that well and i am sorry i didnt rest in peace my old ancestor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2012

    B

    "I am renewing it", she mewed unfazed.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2012

    fadepaw

    "when can i star training, smokeheart? im super excited" *sneakes up on leaf silently and pounces on it*

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    Posted May 27, 2012

    Snowfur

    Snowfur~ *she sighed* ok. Maby my nook was acting slow.......i will try again.

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    Posted May 20, 2012

    Swankit

    My mommy and daddy say l can be a apprentice citrusstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Citrusstar

    Ok. Listen up everyone, Elementclan and Frostclan are joining to now be known as Trinityclan. Everyone please go to wix all results, that is our new home. See you there.
    Citrusstar

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Definitely Recommended

    Very thought provoking. It makes you question your misconceptions of creativity and intelligence. Excellent for any educator as well, to understand that students will shine in their own way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Most Inspirational Book I've read in ages

    This book is so good that, although I borrowed the library copy, I may end up buying it. For anyone out there that knows they are meant to be doing more with their lives but, up to now, feels a bit sidetracked by life (education, friends, family...) this book will help you understand why you've ended up where you are, and give you some insight into how you can step into a more fulfilling life. BUY IT NOW!

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