The Element

The Element

How Finding your Passion Changes Everything

Book - 2009
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From one of the world's leading thinkers and speakers on creativity and self-fulfillment, a breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement

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. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people, from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons ; from Meg Ryan to Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera ; and from writer Arianna Huffington to renowned physicist Richard Feynman and 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 to 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 also an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the twenty-first century.
Publisher: New York : Viking, c2009.
ISBN: 9780670020478
Branch Call Number: 153.9 ROB
Characteristics: xiv, 274 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Aronica, Lou


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Dec 04, 2014

An extended essay with numerous examples elucidating its subtitle.

Jul 31, 2014

Reading Sir Ken is an enlightening experience. His ideas are simple but powerful but listening to him is inspirational. This is one fine book full of the kind of ideas that will help anyone discover a truer version (and more personal version) of quality of life.

Astjc52 Aug 21, 2012

Awesome read! Plan to review my notes from this book often.

Apr 06, 2011

Funny, insightful and uplifting. The concept of finding one's true passion and its relations to success is not new, but this book presents it exceptionally well. I especially enjoyed his emphasis on creativity, which is often underplayed, if not stifled in our society. Real life examples from economist and cartoonist alike make it tangible and easy to relate to. Highly recommended.

Mar 06, 2011

This is a really important read. Sir Ken Robinson does an excellent job of explaining why some people are lost, and others are thriving in our society. My wife and I both loved reading this book.

Strongly recommend it.

Feb 24, 2011

This touches on areas I hadn't expected and had a profound effect. I'd recommend the audio version as his sense of humor really comes through. Not necessarily groundbreaking concepts, but the information is presented in a way that had tremendous impact and made me looking at creativity, public education, and one's life purpose in a new way. Potentially life-changing.


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gpatterson May 17, 2011

"History is full of examples of people who didn't discover their real creative abilities until they discovered the media in which they thought best. In my experience, one of the main reasons that so many other people think they're not creative is that they simply haven't found their medium."

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