Sir Ken Robinson's groundbreaking book The Element introduced listeners to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired people all over the world and has created for Robinson an intensely devoted following. Now comes the long-awaited companion, the practical guide that helps people find their own Element. Among the questions that this new book answers are:
Finding Your Element comes at a critical time, as concerns about the economy, education, and the environment continue to grow. The need to connect to our personal talents and passions has never been greater. As Robinson writes in his introduction, wherever you are, whatever you do, and no matter how old you are, if you're searching for your Element, this book is for you.
©2013 Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica (P)2013 Tantor
I'm not sure. This is the first time that I have felt the need for the printed version. Unfornately, as of date, the book is only available in hard back.
This book has many parallels to many spiritual teachings, from which the author occasionally quotes, but it is your choice as to whether you see finding your element a spiritual jouney or merely a way of finding the right career path for yourself or a child.
All the exercises are valuable tools and I loved the personal stories of how some people found their element.
What makes you happy? When are you at your happiest. This would have been suprisingly difficult to answer before completing just three of the exercises - now it just seems so obvious!
If you are like me, you are an audible subscriber because you prefer to listen to books whilst you are on the move. With this book however, if you really want to Find Your Element, you are going to have to sit down to listen and have certain tools available ( the author suggests these at the begining of the book) Because of this I went to buy the printed copy but I didn't like the hardback version as it can't be manipluated in the same way as a paper back. So it is a little frustrating to listen to questions asked and to do the exercises given whilst constantly pausing and rewinding. That said - that is what I am prepared to do as, having only completed three of the ten exercises I can already see a pattern and have noticed a shift in my behaviour as a result! Inpatient as I am, I listen to the book on the move and then when I come home, and I have time alone UNDISTURBED! (that is essential), I re-listen to the chapters and do the exersises.
My Headline stated that this book involved some work - that may just be me!. My personality type does not predispose me to sitting down with, pens, paper, coloured pens, vision boards etc.. but I strongly believe that the outcome will be worth that extra effort. No doubt, some people will not find this 'work' at all :-D
I found this to be very helpful. I am in transition as I approach retirement age.
There are a lot of great ideas to find your way into a new life.
I liked listening to him.. pleasant.
I know I am an artist. I'm finally going to BE what I have longed for all these years.
If you are unsure as to your true calling in life he has many steps to find your direction
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On how we absolutely need to change the way we teach and direct our kids. They are all full of greatness and we are trusting in a broken system to enhance their lives. People are more complex than a simple industrial school system. We are not even getting close to tapping their true potential.
Yes, this does not fall short. He does a great job of presenting his thoughts.
their are more to us and we need to be more responsible to help pull out the greatness in our kids and truly help them on their journey to find their element.
Great thought provoking book. Ken Richards really pushes some hot buttons that make you think.
This book may be a good match for a young person trying to find his or her way in life. As a midlife career-changer, however, I find the advice trivial and obvious, and the exercises childish. I gave up cutting things out of magazines & pasting them into collages around about the age of 10.
I love scientific books, science fiction, books that reveal secrets, books about psychology, social behavior, physics, economics, inventions
This book is changing my mind completely and it will change millions more soon. A revolutionary change in a single book Im impressed. Would love to chat with the author one day.
The author's insight and dry wit.
The author provided a gentle, but clear path to uncovering personal truths, incorporating many elements from other (referenced) sources into a neat package. I especially liked the way he presented the tool of meditation.
He is a marvelous speaker, which comes out a little bit in his reading, but, unfortunately, not enough. I saw him present to a captive audience of about a thousand. He stood the entire time and didn't refer to his notes (at least not noticeably). It was only later that I even realized he had polio.
The framework for self-discovery.
It's less worth reading if you aren't prepared to do the exercises, but his humour makes it worthwhile nonetheless.
I think all the information in this book could have been put into one chapter. There were a few valuable points here and there, but not enough to justify an entire book. The writing was slow and felt like it was being dragged out to justify a book. Not enough here to make it worth while.
The Brain That Changes Itself
The reader's voice was smooth and nice to listen to, but the reading itself was slow and plodding, much like the book itself. I played it on 1.5 times speed and that did help.
Most of it.
This really should have been part of a revised version of the previous book. An added chapter at the end or something.
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