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Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life

Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life [Kindle Edition]

Ken Robinson
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Ken Robinson, author of the international bestseller The Element and the most viewed talk on, offers a practical guide to discovering your passions and natural aptitudes, and finding the point at which the two meet: Finding Your Element.

Through a range of stories from his own experience and those of people from all walks of life, Ken Robinson explores the diversity of intelligence and the power of imagination and creativity. For some, finding their element has brought fame and success, like Ellen McArthur's unusual journey from growing up in a landlocked ex-mining town to achieving sailing glory. However many of the inspiring stories are of ordinary people who read the first book and were moved to share how its principles have transformed their lives, like the man who found fulfilment as a magician after years of working as a computer engineer.

This book also provides the tools, techniques, resources and advice you need to discover the depth of your abilities and identify opportunities for change. It looks at the conditions that enable you to find yourself: why it's so important to connect with people who share your element and why your attitudes may be holding you back.

Finding Your Element shows that age and occupation are no barriers to discovering what makes us happiest, and that once we have found our path we can help others to do so as well.

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, is an internationally recognized leader in the development of creativity, innovation, and human potential. He advises governments, corporations, education systems, and some of the world's leading cultural organizations. His 2008 talk on how schools kill creativity is still the most watched video on with over 13.5 million views to date.

Lou Aronica is the author of two novels and coauthor of several works of nonfiction, including The Culture Code (with Clotaire Rapaille) and The Element.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846148073
  • Publisher: Penguin (21 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241952026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241952023
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,421 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
According to Ken Robinson, what he characterizes as "The Element" is not a physical location but the challenge is to locate it, nonetheless. "It's about doing something that feels so completely natural to you, that resonates so strongly with you, that you feel as if this is who you really are." Some people locate it in childhood, others decades later, and still others never. "Finding your Element is a quest to find is a two-way journey: an inward journey to explore what lies within you and an outward journey to explore opportunities in the world around you." Robinson wrote The Element (2009) with Lou Aronica who also assisted with the writing of Finding Your Element four years later. Ever since the first book was published, Robinson explains, "people have asked me how they can find their own Element, or help other people to find theirs."

In response, this sequel has five main thematic threads that weave throughout the book, each of which is intended to help the reader reflect and focus on finding their own Element and, if they wish to, help others to do so. Robinson provides ideas and principles as well as stories and examples, stories, and other resources such as 15 exercises to complete (more about them in a moment) and clusters of questions to consider at the end of each chapter before moving on to the next. In fact, each chapter title is a question. "Although there are ten chapters in the book, Finding Your Element is not a ten-step program." Just as Oscar Wilde once suggested, "Be yourself. Everyone else is taken," Robinson suggests that only the reader can answer the questions posed. "In the end, only you will know if you've found your Element or if you are still looking for it. Whichever it proves to be, you should never doubt this is a quest worth taking.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been shorter. 21 Oct 2013
By Oguzhan
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Ken Robinson is the guy who everyone should listen to when it comes to education, motivation and how the human Development Works. The book has too much fluff before it gets to the point. If it was me I'd publish this book in 40 pages and it would still get the work done.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spring clean your life 1 July 2013
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Essential reading for anyone who feels they're just going through the motions and doing what's expected. Open your eyes to what you want to do instead. Lots of good exercises to get you to see yourself differently.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do what it says on the tin 24 Aug 2013
By mb3012
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The good advice in this book could be written down in half-a-dozen pages at most. The rest is a bit dull. The author is clearly sincere in wanting to help people find their passion and in his belief that going so is a good thing. Can't argue with that. But the declared aim of this book is to tell you how to find your element and it really doesn't do that. The problem is ALL the stories of people following their passions start with a natural process of discovery - most of them a single life changing experience after which they just 'knew' what they had to do. None of the stories tell of someone who found their element through a process of analysis. I finished the book feeling that I hadn't learnt anything new or moved forward. I DID do the activities but this became harder because they are very repetitive and frankly unimaginative.

I came away liking the author and would have liked to have given the book a higher rating but it simply doesn't deliver on its aim.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take This Book On Your Journey Inwards 15 Feb 2014
'Finding Your Element' gives you the courage to explore your talents, passions and skills. You'll end up asking yourself difficult questions, which if faced honestly will provide easy answers.

In the final chapter the authors introduce us to Bronnie Ware who worked with terminally ill patients and they all shared five common wishes:






Taking this book on your journey inwards maybe your first steps to a life without regrets.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I am suspicious of 'how to' books as a genre ... 24 Oct 2014
By Emma
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I am suspicious of 'how to' books as a genre but this one is cheerful, encouraging and optimistic. It can be criticised for addressing a privileged middle class audience who might be able to afford to change career path or have the luxury to indulge a passion whereas the majority of people are either unemployed or in jobs they can't abandon. But...Ken Robinson raises some interesting questions about how narrow our current education system is and how it undermines natural talents outside of academic achievement, a topic he has given many TED talks on. Well worth reading
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is helpful 14 July 2013
By Anthony
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But it is not needed. IF you have 'The element' don't buy this! It is just cashing in on previous success.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 2 Jun 2014
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Fascinating book reinforcing the fact that our education system simply fails more people than it delivers too. Sir Ken at his best.
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Sir Ken Robinson is inspiring at making speeches and I understand why people wanted to read a book from him. Read more
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Published 11 months ago by Kathleen Comiskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Re: An excellent book worth it for those who want to shine out.
I bought this book but it has greatly been helpful to me . Though the exercises are too hard but doable i found it exciting and a great resource.
Published 12 months ago by Johnpaul Bbosa
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and helpful
An authentic approach, warm and friendly style. Ken first came to my attention through TED. He's and inspiring guy and I certainly wasn't disappointed with this book
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