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The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything | [Ken Robinson]

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

The Element shows the vital need to enhance creativity and innovation by thinking differently about human resources and imagination. It is an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.
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Publisher's Summary

The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves, most inspired, and achieve at their highest levels.

The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people: Paul McCartney; The Simpsons creator Matt Groening; Meg Ryan; Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera; journalist Arianna Huffington; renowned physicist Richard Feynman; and many 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 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 an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the 21st century.

©2008 Ken Robinson, Ph.D; (P)2009 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Motivating and persuasive, this entertaining and inspiring book will appeal to a wide audience." (Publishers Weekly)
"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)

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    Daniel Redmond, WA, United States 01-16-12
    Daniel Redmond, WA, United States 01-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "A mind opening book about education and your muse"
    What did you love best about The Element?

    Perfect mix of relevant testimonies, storytelling and inspiring ideas.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Element?

    Seeing my children (<1, 5, 8) with new eyes, imagining ways to expand their creativity, instead of pushing for learning more grammar or math :). Looking at school differently too now.


    Which character – as performed by Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica – was your favorite?

    There was no particular character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but couldn't :). It took me a few days to finish it, mostly while commuting to work and on a short trip.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not an english native speaker, so I was initially hesitant about this audiobook, being Sir Ken from England (which typically have a very different and harder to understand accent than americans). But having heard him in a Ted conference, I grew confident I'd understand him just fine.

    I was right. He has a perfect diction, even if he reads a bit fast, he's perfectly understandable for a non-native english speaker.

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    Mary 11-26-11
    Mary 11-26-11
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    "an intelligent, highly motivating book"

    Sir Ken's book is inspiring, funny, and highly informative. Moreover, he's an excellent reader. This is probably the best title I've purchased from audible.com, and I've bought quite a few. If you're serious about self-actualization (a la Maslow's hierarchy of needs), get this book.

    Oh, and I don't live in Tunisia, despite what audible says.

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    Beth Kemptville, ON, Canada 11-25-11
    Beth Kemptville, ON, Canada 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Amazing"

    This is the most inspirational book I've ever experienced. I will listen to it more than once that's for sure. Well worth the credit!

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    Heather APEX, NC, United States 11-20-11
    Heather APEX, NC, United States 11-20-11
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    "BEST EVER!"

    I am listening to this for the 3rd time! What an incredible book! HIGHLY recommended! Insightful, well read, humorous and very enlightening!

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    Roxana Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-08-11
    Roxana Fort Collins, CO, United States 11-08-11
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    "Gets you moving"

    This book helps you see why you have felt like a fish out of water - and some suggestions for taking action. The reading is excellent. Don't go in expecting a ton of suggestions and steps, and you will be pleasantly surprised by the motivational aspect of the book to get moving in finding your element. Thanks.

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    Mr Hunters Hill, Australia 06-04-10
    Mr Hunters Hill, Australia 06-04-10 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read for EVERYBODY"

    This is an essential book for everyone looking for direction or looking to direct others in life and work. The author presents a very simple message - to follow your passion - but does so in a unique way mixing the stories of various figures, from different fields and backgrounds with humour and common sense. The narration is also surprisingly well done.

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    T. Diaz 08-21-10
    T. Diaz 08-21-10 Member Since 2008
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    "You will listen to this book more than once!"

    Ken Robinson brings his book to life. The content is especially important to parents and educators because everyone deserves to find their passion! Give it as a gift to a friend or relative.

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    Slezak 09-04-11
    Slezak 09-04-11
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    "Fantastic book and author in all ways."

    Funny, important, interesting, and well written. If you liked Sir Ken's talk at TED talks, then you will most likley enjoy this book.

    Thank you Sir Ken for what you communicate.

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    Meaghan Canada 05-25-11
    Meaghan Canada 05-25-11
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    "Makes you think..."

    I have already listened to many of Sir Ken's TED talks and he had already inspired me, after hearing great things about this book, I decided to purchase it and I am glad that I did. It is well written, easy to listen to as an audiobook, I really appreciated that Robinson was the author and narrator, it made it all the more enjoyable in my mind. Listen to this...it's worthwhile!

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    Reney 08-04-10
    Reney 08-04-10 Member Since 2010

    I like to listen to adventure stories and funny stories. I have a real preference for travel tales and sometimes even enjoy a good mystery. I love fiction, but also like to learn facts. I like all kinds of stories. Follow me, if you do too!

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    "Some good info here"

    This was an enjoyable listen - lots of good info, encouraging. The author really makes his case well.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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