- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Viking (Jan. 8 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670020478
- ISBN-13: 978-0670020478
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 408 g
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything Hardcover – Jan 8 2009
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“The Element offers life-altering insights about the discovery of your true best self.” —Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“Ken Robinson presents the theme of creativity and innovation in a way that makes you want to go out and make your dreams a reality. In his wonderfully easy-to-read and entertaining style he presents the stories of many who have done just that. . . . It is a book that lightens and lifts the minds and hearts of all who read it.” —Susan Jeffers, Ph.D., bestselling author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway® and Life is Huge!
“A great and inspiring book. It’s been said that an unexamined life is not worth living. True enough and Ken Robinson doesn’t let us off the hook. After the first page, you have to abandon your ego and look for your own gifts and graces.” —Warren Bennis, author of On Becoming a Leader: The Leadership Classic
“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. . . . Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience.” —Publishers Weekly
“Ken Robinson is a remarkable man, one of the few who really look at and into you, so he makes you feel at ease and happy. I’m proud to be in his book as one of the people he feels attained the Element. Reading his book helps you pinpoint the search we must all make to achieve the best in us.” —Gillian Lynne, choreographer, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera
“While the world is changing faster than ever, our organizations, our schools, and too often our minds are locked in the habits of the past. The result is a massive waste of human talent. The Element is a passionate and persuasive appeal to think differently about ourselves and how to face the future.” —Alvin Toffler, author of The Future Shock
“A brilliant and compelling look at creativity, and the path to succeed in the global world of tomorrow.” —Harry Lodge, co-author of Younger Next Year
About the Author
Ken Robinson, PHD, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human resources. He has worked with national governments in Europe and Asia, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies, national and state education systems, nonprofit organizations, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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At one point, Robinson poses an important question to his reader: How are you intelligent? "Knowing that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinctive allows you to address that question in new ways. This is one of the core elements of the Element." When people are in what is often referred to as "the zone," they are deep in the heart of the Element. "We become focused and intent. We live in the moment. We become lost in the experience and perform at our peak. Our breathing changes, our minds merge with our bodies, and we feel ourselves drawn effortlessly into the heart of the Element." I vividly recall Michael Jordan sinking one three-point shot after another ("all net"), especially in playoff games. The same can be said of creative and performing artists as well as athletes who have found a "new richness and balance to their lives...a more dynamic, organic conception of human existence in which the different parts of [their] lives are not seen as hermetically sealed off from one another but as interacting and influencing each other." They are "on a roll" because everything "clicks"...they are in the Element.
Ken Robinson urges his readers to find the Element in themselves and to encourage others to do so, also. "If we fail at that, we may get by, but our lives will be duller as a result." The greater challenge, Robinson suggests, is to develop - consciously and rigorously - our powers of imagination and creativity "within a different framework of human purpose." He concludes his brilliant book and I conclude this review of it with an especially appropriate observation by Michelangelo: "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
Those who share my high regard for this book are urged to check out Henry David Thoreau's Walden, James O'Toole's The Executive's Compass: Business and the Good Society, Michael Ray's The Highest Goal: The Secret That Sustains You in Every Moment, Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment and A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose, and Bill George's True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (with Peter Sims).
If you are currently wondering such things as:
"What will they think if I do this?"
"Will I be good enough?"
"Do I want to do this for love or for money?"
then this book is probably for you.
Very heartfelt from beginning to end.
Especially engaging for me because I'm deciding between pursuing a Masters degree or one of my true passions in life instead.
The answer is clear after having read this book. Thanks Ken!
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