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The Element Audiobook

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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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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    James 08-30-16
    James 08-30-16
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    "very interesting"

    great book.
    I don't like how he goes off on so many stories of people's lives but it's a good read overall

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    Isaac 08-28-16
    Isaac 08-28-16 Member Since 2016

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    "great starting book"

    it had a lot of research of successful people from the past and the future to bring on a newer term of what element means to the author and stands firm in what he believes in against the current education system.

    I'll take my time to re listen to the book at a slower pace for the examples that he listed, and perhaps use them in my educational purposes.

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    Jenn 08-27-16
    Jenn 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Eh..."

    I was phrase to follow my passion. So this was nothing new to me. This would be great for those that weren't raised that way.

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    adrian 08-20-16
    adrian 08-20-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Very educational, inspiring, thought-provoking"

    Robinson's challenge to the reader is to push outside the box, explore yourself, become an expert on you!

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    Shayne 08-12-16
    Shayne 08-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good Stories; Good ideas."

    I enjoyed the stories the author used. While these alone could merit a book, he uses them to point out a goal, several problems, and several solutions. The author points out that the solutions presented are not the end goal, but the betterment of society as a whole through creative thinking.

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    lmcneill 08-08-16
    lmcneill 08-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A Must Read for Teachers, Policymakers and Parents"

    This was a wonderful look at what makes individuals succeed as well as a history of our educational system and standardized testing, told through many real life stories.

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    Di 07-05-16
    Di 07-05-16 Member Since 2013
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    "An enlightening book"

    Wonderful insight into my own life and what I keep searching for to find fulfillment. Sir Ken is thoughtful in his approach and fills the book with examples to justify his points.

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    Mehrnaz 06-30-16
    Mehrnaz 06-30-16
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    "Nice! challenging the status quo"

    I found the examples in the book very helpful..My son will start school this year and I'm glad I read this book before that..

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    Cristina P. 05-19-16
    Cristina P. 05-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Do not miss this book !!! Great great great !!!"

    Love everything about this book and onto reading Finding the element !!
    Really all the explanations, the examples , how it's narrated , makes it a number one !!

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    Terrence Lowis 04-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A true education of who we are."

    A book that should be read by every educator across the US. We each have something to offer the world if someone would help us find that greatness.

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