The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

Format:  Paperback,

274 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Dec 2009

ISBN-13: 9780143116738

ISBN-10: 0143116738

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A breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment.
The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. 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. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transform-ing education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century.


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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Dec 2009
ISBN-13: 9780143116738
ISBN-10: 0143116738
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 274
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.45
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. xi
The Elementp. 1
Think Differentlyp. 27
Beyond Imaginingp. 52
In the Zonep. 83
Finding Your Tribep. 103
What Will They Think?p. 132
Do You Feel Lucky?p. 156
Somebody Help Mep. 169
Is It Too Late?p. 187
For Love or Moneyp. 207
Making the Gradep. 225
Afterwordp. 251
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 269

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Review by Library Journal (2008-12-01)

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, San Jose P.L., CA

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

A breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement from one of the world's leading thinkers on creativity and self-fulfillment.

The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. 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. Drawing on the stories of a wide range of people, including Paul McCartney, Matt Groening, Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, and Bart Conner, he shows that age and occupation are no barrier and that this is the essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities in the twenty-first century.

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