The Element - How finding your passion changes everything
The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. This groundbreaking new book is all about how every one of us can find our element, connecting with our true talents and fulfilling our creative potential. Creativity expert Ken Robinson believes that we are all born with tremendous natural capacities, but that we lose touch with them as we spend more...more
If you're wondering what wisdom lies in this book, don't bother; I'll summarize it for you:
"Little Johnny didn't like school very much. He sucked at math and couldn't concentrate and everyone told him he was a moron. But then he quit school and read my book and joined a rockband, and now he's a multi-billionaire who won at life. This could be you, and the on ...more
One idea from the book did stand out. In talking about standards for educatuion, Robinson offers an analogy to standards for restaurants. Fast food restaurants have very rigorous standards which get applied to the ...more
p. 238 The most powerful method of improving education is to invest in the improvement of teaching and the status of great teachers. There isn’t a great school anywhere that doesn’t have great teachers working in it. But there and plenty of poor schools with shelves of curriculum standards and reams of standardized tests.
The fact is that given the challenges we face, ...more
Like many millions (literally) round the world I am captivated by Sir Ken Robinson’s TED talks on education.
He makes so much sense, by emphasising the need for education to be adapted to each individual, and pointing out that intelligence can manifest itself in a multitude of ways. He asked people in the audience to say how creative they are; usually they underrated themselves.
Sir Ken’s thesis is that education is an industrial process which ...more
أعني كيف يمكن أن تعرف المجال الذي تبدع فيه .. المجال الذي لديك حماسة و حرقة لفعله ؟ و يسميه الكاتب بــالجوهر
يحاول الكتاب أن يقدم الجواب بشكل مبسط و واقعي .. يبين لنا الوسائل التي تؤدي بنا لاكتشاف أنفسنا و اكتشاف الجوهر
و ينتقد النظام التعليمي الحالي باختصاره للإنسان إلى آلات تتقن الرياضيات و الفيزياء و الطب
و تحصر مفهوم الذكاء ضمن نطاق ضيق تقتل مواهب الطلاب و إبداعاتهم
يؤدي هذا النظام التعليمي بالكثير منا إلى مهن و مسالك لا نحبها .. نفعلها كي نكسب المال أو ...more
For a long time, I've been arguing that passion is a bridge between our unique human potential and our social responsibility. I begin almost every workshop, speech, and lecture by asking my participants to talk about one of their personal or professional passions.
Eyes light up and the temperature in the room rises as people connect to what Robinson would call "their element."
His book i ...more
Of course, I'm in school at 38, juggling a job, homework, home life/chores, and preparing for a career change, but that's neither here nor there, right?
At the same time I'm reading The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity so I was interested in comparing the two ...more
Unfortunately, this book wasn't much of either of those. I felt that while some of the examples he gave were useful to help readers see how other people have reached their element, ...more
I found this book to be inspirational, entertaining, and intimidating- all at the same time. Robinson is a good storyteller, and the book is chock full of interesting anecdotes of both famous and not-s ...more
I liked it so much that I wanted to learn more, and found out about his books on his website.
"The Element" is for the most part a disappointment--pop self-help at its worst. We learn about many people and how they overcame adversity to find, and become successful and well-known, for doing what they love. Which is fine. But everyone can't be Paul McCartney or Monica Seles or Meg Ryan or ...more
It's great to have such opinions, but these don't yet make an argument. Instead of offering such a substantiated argument, Robinson relies on anecdotes of his kids doing homework, or of some famous people that he talked to. No sane per ...more
This is my second most favorite non-fiction after "The Outliers". It is the kind of books that you want to keep reading over and again, scratching down notes and researching further details for the mentioned stories.
It just reminded me of someone I know who dumped a good paid and secure job position because it was nt really what he felt doing for the rest of his life. For finding your ...more
p. 60 Awesome photos of Earth in comparison to other planets. Gives perspective of how tiny we are in the universe.
p. 117 Interaction with the field, in person or through their work, is as vital to our development as time alone with our thoug ...more
Sir Kenneth Robinson is an English Author, Speaker, and International Advisor on Education in the Arts to government, Non-Profits, Education, and Art Bodies. He shot to fame with his TED Talks Video ‘How Schools Kill Creativity’ which was viewed a staggering 13 million times since it was first uploaded in February 2006.
In 2010, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce animated one of Robinson's speeche ...more
In the book, the author describes the importance of finding your passion. He doesn't describe -- and doesn't try to describe -- how to find your own passion. Rather, he describes what it feels like and looks like to live a life activated by passion. He ...more
It speaks of Education systems and how they actually stiffle creativity and out the box thinking. Which is ironic since once out of school the push by employers is to hire people who are creative and willing to think outside of the box.
It amazing how he defines the creativity and lack thereof in the context of the school system.
The Element discusses the idea of finding what you are good at. Which is a process and not always obvio ...more
Overall, VERY good book. One of the better in the "how to find what you want to do with your life" genre. However, it only barely falls into that category, as it's not one of those growingly more common worksheet type books where you ask yourself a dozen questions, but a brilliant and revealing look at the forces behind the birth and evolution of some of the great minds and spirit ...more
I was particularly drawn to the four roles of a mentor: Recognition, Encouragement, Facilitating, and Stretching. A leader ...more
I'm not sure what I would have thought of this book without the video preface. I don't generally warm to single-target suggestions about how to fix our world (The Element, The Promise, The Secret, etc., etc.) and my inner skeptic reels at the subtitle ("How finding your passion changes everything.") Minus the speech, I doubt I would have read it.
Having been tempted forward, ...more
“If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.” -Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
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FROM ABOVE-LINKED REVIEW: "If you're wondering how to find your "element", don't look here, because Robinson never actually explains that. He does, however, tell you about all the people who found theirs ..."
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