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

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    Lin S NW Pennsylvania 05-31-10 Member Since 2010

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    I liked "The Element." It has inspired me to explore further how to find, and get into, my element.

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