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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything [Kindle Edition]

Ken Robinson , Lou Aronica
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With a crackling wit and a deep humanity, (Ken Robinson) urges us to ignore the naysayers, bypass the crowd and find the place where our talents and desires intersect (Daniel Pink, Author Of A Whole New Mind )

A book that lightens and lifts the minds and hearts of all who read it (Susan Jeffers, Author Of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway )

Happiness really is within your grasp (Guardian )

The Element gives you the feeling that all is possible if we dig deeply within ourselves, using our imaginations and curiosity (Vidal Sassoon )

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With a crackling wit and a deep humanity, (Ken Robinson) urges us to ignore the naysayers, bypass the crowd and find the place where our talents and desires intersect -- Daniel Pink, Author Of A Whole New Mind A book that lightens and lifts the minds and hearts of all who read it -- Susan Jeffers, Author Of Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway Happiness really is within your grasp Guardian The Element gives you the feeling that all is possible if we dig deeply within ourselves, using our imaginations and curiosity -- Vidal Sassoon

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4887 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0141045256
  • Publisher: Penguin (5 Feb 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002XHNMVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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79 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring book 13 Mar 2009
Format:Hardcover
I realy enjoyed Sir Ken Robinson's book which is highly readable and talks about the concept of finding one's true calling in life (which he says, is the point at which one's talents overlap with one's highest passions - 'the Element'). This he does, through the telling of people's stories. It is inspiring stuff for those who want to believe the quote from Confucius - "If you enjoy what you do, you'll never work another day in your life". The book introduces the topic wonderfully although readers should be aware that there is little within the book about how to actually go about pursuing your dreams, although I am sure this was intentionally outside the scope of the book (for that I'd refer people to Marcus Buckingham's excellent book 'Go put your strengths to work' and his video podcast with Oprah which is free on iTunes).

My one gripe (which is minor), is that the stories are all about immensely successful people (e.g.Paul McCartney, Matt Groening) which are amazing but it might of been nice to see a few 'real people' stories where people successfully pursued their passions and found happiness but weren't necessarily world beaters. If anyone interested in the book hasn't yet seen Sir Ken's TED talk I'd thoroughly recommend that you view in on YouTube.
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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not a self-help instruction manual! 24 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Hi,

I'm writing this review because some people here seem to have bought it thinking it was a self-help manual. I guess the title is a little misleading.

What it is is a collection of anecdotes about people who have found their element - a passion for doing something that makes an hour feel like five minutes. To get an idea of what this book is about, do a web search for Ken Robinson. He's done two presentations for TED.com (Technology, Education and Design) and a fantastic animated presentation about our current education systems and the crisis that's been facing them for the past 30 or so years.

This book will give you marvellous insights what creativity is and into the lives and life-changing moments in creative people's lives. Just don't expect it to give you step by step instructions on how to find your element because there aren't any - everyone is different and everyone finds their element in a different way, sometimes by a very round-about route. If you understand this book, you'll know what you have to do.

I hope this helps! :)
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89 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining speaker, very disappointing book 1 Jun 2010
Format:Hardcover
Having seen Ken Robinson's talks on TED, I felt motivated to check out his book. I found what he had to say was both entertaining and inspirational, and I felt inclined to find out more.

Well, what of the book? I can suppose why many people gave it 4 and 5 stars. We all enjoy a good story. I do, and at first I did genuinely find the stories interesting and inspirational, but here the author uses a story to put forward even the smallest idea. By the time I was half way through I felt myself getting weary. The point itself seemed lost.
But there aren't just success stories. There are other kinds of stories, some of which really seem like digressions for the sake of a story, until at last it arrives on a wispy point, a brief bridge before, god help me, another story. I'm sorry to say there's little substance to this.

I loved hearing the Author speak on TED and in this book he describes speaking as his personal 'element', he explains that when you're in your 'element', time seems to slow down. This could explain how he got the bulk of this 288 page book's message in to a 20 minute talk.

If you are happy to read lots of stories about people finding their inspiration, get this book. If you are looking to be pointed toward finding your own inspiration, don't bother.
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172 of 185 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have never written an Amazon review before - but I was so annoyed by this book and how little I got from reading it, that I was moved to write one. Ken Robinson is apparently "an internationally acclaimed leader in creativity and innovation" and I had big expectations that this book would yield some new insights on this topic. It absolutely didn't.
This book's sub-title is "how finding your passion changes everything". Chapter after chapter lists case studies, rather clunkily and poorly written, of people who were mostly born with natural talent and a calling in life. For example, we read about world-class snooker players, dancers, writers...all at the top of their profession and making money from it. But what about all the millions of others who have found their element - as an illustrator or novelist, for example, but just can't make a living from it. For every Meg Ryan (there's a case study about her in the book) there's thousands of unknown actresses who love what they do but can't make money from it or get recognition. In the case studies described in the book, most are famous and the seeds of their talent were obvious from the start and Ken Robinson tells us how marvellous their lives are now that they have found their "element" or what gives them their creative kicks in life. Trouble is that most people simply don't know what their "element" is - and they will be absolutely none the wiser after this. In fact, they will even be demoralised by how easily the case-studies he describes seemed to hook up with their personal "element". There's information on how the education should change to teach creativity, but no clues about how to find it if you are older.
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Another great title from Sir Ken Robinson. He describes how people found out what they love to do and how they got there.
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Fantastic... All brains and all people are different and learn different things in different ways... So education should be flexible to adapt to differing needs and qualities... Read more
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Delivery was great. Bought it for a friend after seeing a bunch of public talks by the author. A great insight into the current state of education, useful to parents, teachers and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Viara
3.0 out of 5 stars Full of promises, short of substance
Like many "How to" books, it's full of promises, but short of substance. The back cover is misleading: the book is not groundbreaking, and Robinson does not explain... Read more
Published 4 months ago by GUY'S BOOKS
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't add much to the TED talk
He's a nice guy and everything and well intentioned and the message of this book is one I like but it is a bit repetitive. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joe
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