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The New York Times bestselling author of The Element gives readers an inspirational and practical guide to self-improvement, happiness, creativity, and personal transformationSir Ken Robinson’s TED talk video and groundbreaking book, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The ElThe New York Times bestselling author of The Element gives readers an inspirational and practical guide to self-improvement, happiness, creativity, and personal transformationSir Ken Robinson’s TED talk video and groundbreaking book, The Element, introduced readers to a new concept of self-fulfillment through the convergence of natural talents and personal passions. The Element has inspired readers 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: • How do I find out what my talents and passions are?• What if I love something I’m not good at? • What if I’m good at something I don’t love?• What if I can’t make a living from my Element?• How do I do help my children find their Element?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....

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Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life Reviews

  • Saleh MoonWalker
    2018-11-22 12:01

    جزو کتابهایی بود که بعد از اینکه دیدم نویسنده ش جزو سخنگو های پرطرفدار TED هست، رفتم سمتش. کتابی خوبی بود و بیشتر روایتش بر مبنای گفت و گوی دو نفره س و اینجوری کمک میکنه علایق واقعیتو بشناسی و اونا رو دنبال کنی. تمرینات زیادی داره که کمک میکنه استعدادتو پیدا کنی و اونو قوی کنی. توی کتاب نوشته که به درد کودکان هم میخوره اما به نظرم نیومد چجوری یه بچه میتونه اون تمرینات رو انجام بده، بیشتر به نظرم میاد سن شروع برای استفاده از این کتاب از اوایل 18 سالگی باشه.The Element is where natural aptitude meets personal passion.

  • Joel Bass
    2018-11-10 08:56

    This wasn't a groundbreaking or beautifully-written book. Most of its information was fairly familiar, and it depended heavily on inspiring quotations and anecdotes from people who have changed their careers. That said, sometimes you just need the right book at the right time. If you need a good kick in the ass, it doesn't really matter how well-crafted the shoe is. For me, this was great. Since I listened to the audiobook, I soaked up the inspirational and motivational bits but didn't really have a chance to do the exercises yet. So I'm going back through the print version (thank FSM for libraries!) and digging in. Though the book feels like a lot of books that have come before it, Robinson's style is friendly and engaging and has a feeling of sincerity to it. I'm going to give the exercises a good try, hoping that I can figure some things out about myself. The exercises aren't especially sophisticated, but are open-ended enough that they should be good jumping-off points.Robinson reminded me of the importance of finding out how I might best use the time I have left. There's only one of me, and (as far as I know) I only get one shot, and now is a great time to move in the direction of my dreams.

  • Yodamom
    2018-11-08 08:55

    4.4 starsDid you attend a traditional school ? Was your creativity doused by math, english and following the program ? Do you even know what your passion is, or where your talents lie ? I really didn't have any idea when I picked this book up. I can do a little of everything and don't really know where my true talents really are. Jack of all trades master at none, that is what I was taught a little of everything. Was it the public school systems fault that I lack focus ? Who knows, but he gives a very interesting argument.In this book he helps you focus on "the element' where the things you are good and what you love to do come into clear view. There are some steps to follow to help you form your talents into focus. I wish there had been more of these. He gets you started in the direction you need to go it's up to you to keep the momentum.Most of the book deals with the educational system. The standardized test systems, the lack of arts programs, and one size fits all thinking of education. I would love to see every teacher, parent any one in education read this and expand their views. I learned that my talents, my element is one of the areas I put off the most. I'll be working on that in the future.

  • Victoria
    2018-11-19 10:00

    While doing a bit of shelf organization I decided that I not only wanted to read this again (after three years), but that it merited an upgrade to five stars.I really enjoyed listening to this book, so much so, that I’m now on a second run through and I’ve borrowed a hard copy in order to concentrate on the exercises. I can easily say that I am besotted with Sir Ken Robinson. Yes, I have a predilection for an English accent, but I think it’s his humor that captivated. This could easily have been another self-help tome—a bit preachy, occasionally pretentiously evolved, sometimes smug—but instead it’s just a bloke telling you what he believes after years of study and experience. A really smart one with some of the most viewed (and successful) TED talks on the web, but an affable chap all the same. I’d like to buy this man a pint.This book is part inspiration, part guided introspection, a celebration of our abilities and creativity and builds upon his earlier work. I didn’t read its predecessor as I tend toward a more hands-on approach and this fit the bill. Delivered in a conversational tone and often self-deprecating, it is a practical guide to finding your element: where your passions and aptitudes intersect. This isn’t a prescribed-step program, but a highly personal process based on three principles: your life is unique, you create your own life and it is organic. Nothing new, I know, but he couches it in reality, not psycho-babble.Referencing Jungian precepts to Meyers-Briggs and quoting Joseph Campbell to Oscar Wilde, Robinson knows his material and delivers it amiably. Finding Your Element probes your attitudes, your biology, your background and how they may define your starting point, but not your destination. Robinson reminds us that living a life of passion and purpose is attainable with a little work and some risk, but it enables us to honor our dreams and value our life and those whom we love. In the end, that’s all that remains.

  • د.أمجد الجنباز
    2018-10-29 05:55

    من الكتب الجميلة التي تعطيك خطوات للبحث عن ذاتك ومعرفة شغفك في الحياة والمكان الذي تتميز فيهالكتاب يتبع سلسلة من الاسئلة والتمارين التي تساعدك في استكشاف نفسك اكثر واكثر، واعطاء امثلة عن اناس اكشتفو مكان تميزهم بطرق مشابهةيبدأ الكتاب بالتوضيح ان البحث عن الذات من الأمور الصعبة، وبأن الكتاب سيساعدك، لكنه لن يضمن لك الوصول لذاتكمؤلف الكتاب حاصل على الدكتوراه في التعليم ويحب نشر الإبداع، وحاصل أيضا على لقب Sirمن ملكة بريطانيا

  • Gary Schroeder
    2018-11-07 08:54

    I stumbled on to the books of Ken Robinson in the way that thousands of others probably have: through his wildly popular TED Talks. His easy-going speaking style and gentle sense of humor serve the topic of self-discovery particularly well. In Finding Your Element, you’ll find a writing style that closely matches what you may have seen while watching those videos. Robinson has a genuine interest in sharing the wisdom of self-knowledge that shines through.Happily, this is not some airy-fairy self-help book that promises you that anything can be yours through the power of positive thinking or “communicating with the spirit of the universe” or similar new age fluff. Rather, this is a book about stimulating you to think about some very serious questions. What are you doing with your life? How do you feel about it? Would you rather be doing something else? What would that something else be? And, importantly, if you did do that thing, what would the consequences be?Most people believe that everyone has something that they’re good at and many people dream of pursuing that thing as a way of making a living (or just living, period). Robinson provides a combined survey of world wisdom on this topic along with a series of helpful exercises that serve as mental “looseners” to get you in touch with what your personal thing is. Even if you already think you know what that thing is, these exercises are worth at least considering even if you decide not to follow them to the letter.So, if you’re thinking hard about choices that you’ve made and regrets you might have about them, don’t worry. You’re in good company. There are lots of folks out there who are in the same boat with you. Ken Robinson’s out to convince you that it’s never too late. There’s always time to make a big course correction...if you’re willing to accept the consequences. Even if you’re thinking about a small adjustment in your life that gets you closer to your passions in life, give this book a try. Think of it as an investment in your own well being.

  • Claudia Badiu
    2018-10-24 12:09

    Sir Ken Robinson ne vorbește în această carte, despre pasiuni, talente, despre o viață trăită cu sens și despre o meserie în acord cu abilitățile, personalitatea și aptitudinile noastre. Am observat trei principii esențiale, de care putem țin cont în planificarea drumului înspre Elementul fiecăruia:1. Viața ta e unică. Poți să înveți din experiențele altora, dar nu are sens să le reproduci.2. Tu îți creezi și recreezi propria viață. Folosește-te de creativitate și inventivitate pentru asta.3. Viața este organică și nu liniară, traseul vieții nu poate fi planificat. Singurii care pot fi planificați sunt următorii pași.Mi-a plăcut discursul lui Sir Ken Robinson, convingător, autentic, amuzant și presărat cu multe exemple ale unor oameni de succes care au povestit cum și-au găsit ei Elementul.A fost o lectură plăcută și am observat cum, fără să vreau, de-a lungul vieții, am ales să simt înspre ce mă îndrept și asta m-a adus foarte aproape de propriul meu Element. Aș mai adăuga un principiu celor trei enumerate de autor: să fim extrem de atenți la situațiile pe care viața ni le ”aruncă” înainte. De cele mai multe ori nu sunt întâmplătoare. :)

  • Zezee
    2018-10-22 03:52

    I give up. Robinson makes great points and gives some good advice but I found the book to be repetitive sometimes and boring. I first read Robinson's "The Element," which was a good read and was suffused with personal stories that drew me in and sparked my interest in the book. I expected the same in "Finding the Element," however, it doesn't contain as many personal stories. "Finding the Element" is more of a guide and contains more facts and advice. My interest was not deterred simply because of this. It's possible that I found it a bore because I'm just not ready to read it (not in the frame of mind to be patient with it). I was interested in the topic and willing to read and apply the advice given but I was still bored. It just didn't work for me.However, if you want to find your Element or are simply interested in the topic, then I recommend that you pick up this book. Robinson does give some good advice and provides other sources that may help in finding your Element. It's possible that you might even like the book. But I can't bother to continue pushing on so I give up. I'm moving on to something else.

  • Mohammad
    2018-11-16 10:58

    کتابی در مورد خودشناسی و یافتن کاری که مورد علاقه مان استکتابی در مورد لذت بردن از حرفه مانبا مثالهایی واقعی

  • Deb
    2018-11-07 09:01

    **Living like you’re meant to live.**Are you living the life you should be living? Based on the three elemental principles of (1) Your life is unique; (2) You create your own life; and (3) Life is organic, _Finding Your Element_ presents a great guide for creating a personally meaningful life. Whether you’re stuck where you’re at—or have a sense that you deserve a richer life—this book offers insight and inspiration: “Finding your Element is a personal quest...The quest for your Element is really a two-way journey. It is an inward journey to explore what lies within you; it is an outward journey to explore opportunities in the world around you. The aim of the book is to help you find your way. Whether you fulfill your potential depends on your commitment and fortitude and on how highly you value the possible prize. If you are prepared to do what it takes, I trust you’ll find a lot here to help and inspire you.” (pp. xxii-xxiii)The book is full of thought-provoking information, suggestions, and case histories, but what might be most valuable are the self-exploration questions the author proposes at the end of each chapter. Here’s a sampling: *What are you good at?--What sorts of activities come especially easily to you?--What do you feel your natural talents are? --How did you first become aware of them? (pp. 54-55)*How do you know?--Has anyone ever suggested that you might be good at something that you hadn’t considered? --Have you ever avoided doing something because you thought you wouldn’t be good at it? --Is there anything you feel you might be good at if you had the chance to work at it properly? (p. 77)*What do you love?--What sorts of activities lift your spirits and feed your energy?--What activities make time disappear for you?--When do you feel that you are being most true to your own spirit? (pp. 109-110)*What makes you happy?--When do you feel at your happiest? --Do you feel that what you spend most of your time doing has a real purpose, for you or for others? --What would you think of as success in your life? (p. 139)*What’s your attitude?--What can you do to raise your belief in yourself?--How is your temperament affecting your pursuits? --What can you do to change the attitudes of those around you? (pp. 166)*Where are you now? --How easily can you take a risk?--What are the biggest hurdles?--What would it take to get over them? (p. 186)*Where’s your tribe?--What sorts of people do you associate with your Element? --Do they interest and attract you or not? Do you know why?--If you do, what do you feel about the professional culture that goes with it? (p. 212)*What’s next? --What experiences would you like to have that you haven’t had yet? --If you couldn’t fail, what would you most like to achieve? --What’s stopping you? (p. 236)After providing a road map to finding your Element, the author concludes with:“Like the rest of nature, human talents and passions are tremendously diverse and they take many forms. As individuals, we’re all motivated by different dreams and we thrive—and we wilt too—in very different circumstances. Recognizing your own dreams and the conditions you need to fulfill them are essential to becoming who you can be. Finding your own Element won’t guarantee that you’ll spend the rest of your life in a constant unbroken state of pleasure and delight. It will give you a deeper sense of who you really are and of the life you could and maybe should live.” (pp. 242-243)Here’s to living like you’re meant to be living.

  • Gloria Denoon
    2018-11-16 09:53

    If you care about how you are gifted and how to utilize those gifts to reach your full potential so as to make meaningful contribution to the society, then, this book is for you.It is full of practical exercises and tips in finding what you are – and not - good at, what you love –and don’t like- to do, and discovering new opportunities to hone your talents and create your unique career paths in response to the needs of the environments.The assumption is: when the talent and passion overlap, then you are likely to have a successful, happy life with a sense of completeness. I agree with Robinson that passion is more important than talents because passion in many cases serves as intrinsic motivation in our pursuit - gives us a sense of purpose. We will gain sustained kinds of happiness, feeling spiritually complete, when we are doing things we feel passionately about. This is also due to the meanings that we create along the experiential process.I also appreciate the discussion on the courage to explore new things and the effort to practice. Along the way, to deal with the uncertainty, you need to have what Carol Wreck called “growth mindset.” As the book quoted from Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”To add more emphasis on agency, I would just add to E.D.D. "Create."

  • Shashidhara
    2018-10-24 08:11

    I picked up this book out of curiosity and love for Sir Ken Robinson's concepts. I felt at 58 years age I had nothing much to learn about finding my passions. I was proven totally wrong. His reference to Bronnie Ware's experience with terminally ill patients under palliative care were revealing. The Five truths she has presented and the lessons from them were enlightening. I wish I has read it much younger age. I do not claim I have found my Element but at least I have started my second journey in trying to discover following his methods. I hope to find that some day.I recommend to all young guys especially those who are about begin their careers.

  • Sean Goh
    2018-11-16 03:53

    Personality comprises temperament, disposition and character. Several sub-divisions: Sensitivity (Minimum threshold of stimulus for response), Intensity (of said response), activity, adaptability, approach/withdraw (typical response to stimulus), persistence, regularity, distractibility, mood.Education breaks appear to be good. (i.e. don't rush it)Tribes - find them at festivals.If your spirit is constantly heavy, you are out of your element.Assess your well-being regularly. Career, social, physical, financial, community. (Spiritual?)

  • Dolly
    2018-10-29 09:13

    I usually try to steer away from self-help books; for some reason, I tend to get irritated with them. But I have to admit that I was intrigued by the title, especially since I feel that my own passions lie far away from my current career field. And when I learned that the author was a popular speaker on the TED series, I was intrigued. On the whole, I felt like this book was more of a pep-talk and a guide to help discover where our passions and aptitudes lie. It was a fairly quick read, and although I didn't do many of the exercises in the book, I can see how they might help a person wicker down their likes, talents, and desires to find the Element that really inspires them. I liked taking the online questionnaire that helps determine a person's learning style and preference. You can take it on the Vark website here. I was pretty sure that I knew my own learning style, but it was a good confirmation. In my own personal circumstance, I know what I am passionate about and I have a plan to pursue it, but I still have a couple of years until I expect to make the transition. I liked the anecdotes and the reflections of others as they pursued their own Element, but I was a bit surprised that many of the quotes that I copied down to include in my review were from others. While I'm not sure if I actually learned anything by reading this book, I certainly got some insights into the importance of pursuing our dreams. And if nothing else, it reaffirmed my desire to pursue becoming an elementary school librarian and to start takng the steps I need to in order to get there. My only real complaint is that he mentions in the introduction that this book is useful for helping our children find their Element, too, and while I can see that they could do the exercises, I don't see any real way to connect this book to children - young adults about to go off to college perhaps, but not children.I did not read The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, which appears to be his seminal book on this concept. It also seems to be chock-full of personal anecdotes from other people, so I'm not sure how different the two books are. In reading reviews of that book, I see that I might get more advice on how to help my children if I read that one, too. In any case, I will have to go watch his TED videos now...interesting quotes:"The Element is where natural aptitude meets personal passion." (p. xi)"In 2010, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, estimated that every two days we now create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003." (p. 7)The most common challenge in meditation is to stop thinking, which turns out to be one of the reasons for doing it. Meditation is not thinking. In some ways, it is the opposite. In the West we tend to equate intelligence with having organized thoughts. Thinking has some obvious benefits and in general I am all for it. In fact, when you are not meditating, I strongly encourage you to do it. I wish some people would think more. But thinking is not the same as consciousness." (p. 8)"The poet Anaïs Nin once said, 'I don't see the world as it is: I see it as I am.'" (p. 10)"I think it was Phyllis Diller who said that we spend the first three years of a child's life teaching them to walk and to speak and the next twelve years at school telling them to sit down and shut up. We shouldn't be surprised if many of them find it difficult. Young children have great physical energy and a deep curiosity for the world around them." (p. 73)"The English word 'passion' has an interesting history. It comes from the Ancient Greek word paskho, and its original meanings include 'to suffer' or 'to endure.' It's in this sense that Christians refer to the Passion of Christ. Over time, it has come to have almost the opposite meaning. Passion now means a deep personal attraction to something - a strong affinity or enthusiasm that can lead to profound enjoyment and fulfillment. Passion is a form of love, which is why people who are in the Element will often say that they love what they do." (pp. 82-83)"The moment I cross the threshold of a clothes shop, I begin to lose the will to live. My shoulders fall, my eyes dull, and I have to sit down to support the heavy weight of my heart. While my soul is quietly gasping for air in most retail outlets, I see other people sucking in the same atmosphere with looks of exhilarated enchantment." (p. 85)"In Fully Present: The Science, Art, and Practice of Mindfulness, Susan L. Smalley and Diana Winston argue that, 'Learning to live mindfully does not mean living in a perfect world, but rather living a full and contented life in a world in a world which both joys and challenges are givens. Although mindfulness does not remove the ups and downs of life, it changes how experiences like losing a job, getting a divorce, struggling at home or at school, births, marriages, illnesses, death and dying influence you and how you influence the experience...In other words, mindfulness changes your relationship to life.'" (p. 99)"While not everyone can become financially rich through their Element, everyone is entitled to be enriched by it." (p. 103)"Over time she began to dream of becoming a school librarian. Now she is, and she loves every day of her work. Her real job she says is not organizing the books but connecting children to the books she thinks they'll love. She can't believe how lucky she is to be doing what she calls the best job in the world. Every day she gets to be among books and to inspire children to read and love them, too. She's delighted with herself and her life." (p. 105)"...often our images of what will make us happy are illusions, not visions." (p. 115)"The ideal amount of money that most people want is more than they have now. Like the end of the rainbow, the optimum income seems to be just ahead of where we actually are." (p. 116)[Dan Baker]: "'The myth that money brings you happiness is one of the happiness traps,' he says. In a study of 792 well-off adults, 'more than half reported that wealth didn't bring them more happiness and half of those with assets greater than $10 million said that money brought more problems than it solved.'" (p. 116)[Craig Kielburger]: "...I met with drug dealers who have greater faith in children to run drugs than I see people in the United States and Canada put in their own kids." (pp. 137-138)[compared to the fixed mindset]: "The growth mindset is wholly different. It is based on the belief that you can develop your aptitudes and possibilities through your own efforts. Although people differ in their biological inheritance, those with the growth mindset believe that 'everyone can change and grow through application and experience.'" (p. 152)"Being in your Element is not only about what you do for a living. Some people can't make a living from what they love to do and some don't want to. Like many of those involved in the maker movement, they prefer to pursue their Element as a purely recreational process. If you are considering earning your living from your Element, it's important to bear in mind that you not only have to love what you do; you should also enjoy the culture and the tribes that go with it." (p. 191)"But in the final reckoning, it's not money or status that really matters. In the final weeks, it all comes down to love and relationships. That's all that remains in the end." (p. 241)"Recognizing your own dreams and the conditions you need to fulfill them are essential to becoming who you can be. Finding your own Element won't guarantee that you'll spend the rest of your life in a constant, unbroken state of pleasure and delight. It will give you a deeper sense of who you really are and of the life you could and maybe should live." (p. 243)

  • Hiba
    2018-11-04 03:59

    A must read.I'm on a mission of self improvement I found this book very helpful and useful to understand and discover who you are.

  • Magdalena
    2018-11-20 04:05

    Ken Robinson’s The Element created something of a paradigm shift.  The book focused heavily on the one-size-fits-all educational system that teaches children notions of success which aren’t right for everyone, encouraging educators and parents to find ways of helping children find their own element – the true potential that everyone has to identify and work within their own passion.  Though The Element was inspiring and motivational, it didn’t really provide specifics about how to go about finding exactly what your element is.  As the titles suggests, this is exactly what the “sequel” Finding Your Element was designed to do.It’s not necessarily to read The Element first, but it does go a bit deeper into the cultural context of our lives and how we’ve gotten to the stage where so few people are actually working in their “element”.  Nevertheless, Finding Your Element is about to be read without having read the other book first, and does provide a fair amount of background in the introduction. The many exercises and anecdotes will make the ideas concrete. Finding Your Element is primarily a workbook full of practical exercises designed specifically to get readers to explore their own passions, skills, challenge their identity and identify key values, preferences, and areas of excitement. As is always the case with Robinson’s work, the writing is down to earth and very accessible. There is never any snobbery or overt complexity. Everything is put in as simple a way as possible, with lots of anecdotes and stories, many from Robinson’s own experiences.One particularly nice aspect of the book is the way in which readers are encouraged to try different types of exercises to find one that suits their own learning style.  In other words, it practices what it preaches - we all have different ways of working and learning. For some people, using crayons, paper and lots of visual imagery like mind-mapping or vision-boarding is perfect.  For others, it’s more of a verbal process, where reading, talking or working through options by writing them down work best.  The reader is able to pick and choose from the many tools, links and ideas that are presented and all of them are carefully explained with practical examples and templates that can be used.  This book is also designed to appeal to people who are different ages and at different stages on the path.  It can be used by homeschoolers, or for older readers. Robinson makes a very strong point that we're always changing and growing, and that it’s never too late to find a deeply satisfying life of purpose and pleasure.The book helps readers explore such things as how to find one’s own unique (and often dorment) talents, the type of work that provide happiness and joy, the importance of attitude, setting goals, finding a ‘tribe’ (supporting group), and making sure that you're really in the right element.  One of the main premises of the book is that we can always change, and that we not only deserve to enjoy our lives and live creatively and powerfully, it's our responsibility to try and do so.  If that seems facile or new-agey, it certainly isn’t.  It’s very easy to go down a specific career path and begin building up an image that is self-limiting and unsatisfying.  Doing the exercises will take readers through a range of life areas including one’s career, one’s social life, one’s financial needs, one’s physical well-being, spirituality, and the community.  Robinson, who is clearly working in his own element, doesn’t soft-sell the difficulties.  Some of the examples in the book are, like those in The Element, of people who have been super-successful without trying too hard, but others have had to struggle through years of difficulty to find their element. The tools provided in this book, from meditation to mind mapping, online quizzes and character analysis, to counselling, playing games, and trying out different activities.  Some of these are simple and some harder, but they are all designed to open the mind, and teach the most important lesson of all – that of paying attention, listening to ourselves, and staying open to what Robinson calls “new paths and possibilities in yourself and the world around you.”If you are one of the lucky people who wake every morning knowing that you’re spending the greatest proportion of your time on wonderful, creative activities that feed your soul as well as your family, then Finding Your Element will probably be little more than an easy, enjoyable read that confirms you in your path. For the rest of us, this is an important adjunct to The Element, offering some very practical examples, tools, worksheets, exercises, and links and ideas, not only to find your own “Element” but to continue to find and expand it in your own ever-evolving life.

  • Ricky
    2018-10-27 08:54

    Ken provided quite a few examples of how they find the element and the organic part of the entire process. Finding our element is really more about inside out approach rather then molding ourselves to the readily available labels or tags. I'm thankful to Ken for his kindness to share the stories and lessons to guide people to find their element and eventually live a life with purpose!

  • Abner Rosenweig
    2018-10-22 08:11

    I read an excerpt or an interview about Finding Your Element somewhere and somehow I got hooked into the idea that this book contained some revolutionary wisdom on discovering your true calling in life. For me, this wasn't the case. The book is stuffed with a great many tired platitudes, and its "revolutionary insight" basically boils down to the obvious idea of "do what you love."I'm not saying this is bad advice, or that the commonsense wisdom, spoken through the silver-tongued mouth of Sir Ken Robinson, won't inspire some to get off their butts and take action. But the majority of the book contains disappointingly obvious cliches backed up by real-life accounts of people who have followed this obvious advice, and, unsurprisingly, had positive results. *It worked for Sally-Jo... It can work for you, too!*For me, the book never digs deep enough into the gritty, challenging areas of helping people transition to a meaningful career. Rarely if ever, for example, does the text address the fact that we live in a techno-industrial civilization that is specifically designed to prevent most people from fulfilling their individual creative potential, and to enslave us in a monolithic, hierarchical corporate economy. "You always have choices," Sir Ken boasts confidently. Well, in today's world of neoliberal domination, choices are becoming narrower and narrower for the vast majority of the population.The book feels somewhat out of touch with the struggles of everyday people. It's very genial throughout, and the tone is avuncular, as if a rich old uncle is talking to his young rich nephew about whether or not he should be a horse jockey or continue in the family silver business. It's not easy to find my element when I can barely stay afloat in the economy, and it's a tragedy that Finding Your Element is such a luxury in contemporary society, where there's more than enough wealth for everyone to share, were it more equally distributed.I'm fighting desperately to find my element, but sometimes I feel it's a losing battle because of the intense pressure the system puts on my back to conform and become a wage slave so I can survive.Criticisms aside, if you're looking for a basic book to give you a few ideas about how to expand your world, you could do worse. Some bits of wisdom that genuinely resonated:• Finding your element is about discovering what lies within you and, in doing so, transforming what lies before you.• Being in your element gives you energy. Not being in it takes it from you.• Many of the opportunities you have in your life are generated by the energy you create around you.• The search for your element is a two-way journey: an inward journey to explore what lies within you and an outward journey to explore opportunities in the world around you.• Do all you can to explore new avenues of possibilities in yourself and in the world around you.• You may be better than you think at what you love. You may underestimate your talent because you set unreasonably high standards for yourself. Having high standards is good, provided you're not immobilized by self-criticism. • Connecting with people who share your Element can have tremendous benefits for you and them.• The most common regret: Not having the courage to live a life true to yourself.

  • Frank Calberg
    2018-10-28 10:09

    On page 72 of the book, I read that Hans Zimmer was a problem pupil of every school he attended. He went to five schools and was, as he put it himself, "thrown out" of all of them. He was generally restless, bored, disruptive in class, inattentive and miserable with the whole process. The great turning point in his life came when someone asked for his help with using a Moog sound synthesizer. For him, this was a revelation. He found he had an intuitive feel for this new way of generating sounds. He became fascinated by its potential. He went on to become one of the world's leading composers / producers of music for film. Mr. Zimmer mentioned he found inspiration from great architects.On page 121, I learned that one of the most important things you can do as you try to find your element is to pay careful attention to your emotional states. Is there something you do that consistently elevates your spirits? When do you experience stretches of real joy? In this regard, the author mentions 5 different types of well-being: Career well-being, social well-being, financial well-being, physical well-being, and community well-being. He also mentions that being in your element in career well-being has strong relevance for overall well-being.Reading the book, I found not least interesting the part about finding the people and communities that attract your interest. Ken Robinson uses the word "tribe". On page 191 as well as on page 212, he asks interesting questions that can help you find your tribe. Some examples:- Who do you associate with your element?- Why do they interest you?- What do they do?- What personalities do they have?- What key words would you use for an internet search in order to find your tribe?- What events and/or communities are you interested in attending?- What matters for you in a tribe?In this regard, Mr. Robinson also applies a gardening metaphor by mentioning that sometimes, plants growing near each other don't get along, and at other times, plants actually help each other to grow.Reading the questions mentioned above, I came to think of these publications I have been working on:

  • Mihai Rosca
    2018-11-14 03:54

    I have just finished taking my last notes and finishing the last exercises in this book. I'm literally squeezing information out of my brain to put into words the importance of the work that "Finding Your Element" has made me do. But I can't. It's too much. I would need at least a few good novels published and the writing knowledge of George Washington to reach into your hearts and minds and warm you with the light of self discovery.And since I can't do that I'll leave you with a quote from Les Brown: “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”Don't let the cemetery steal your riches. Find more book like this, read them, stop at every chapter and do the work, know yourself and do what you were born to do. Even if it's unrealistic. If Joseph Swan and Thomas Edison didn't follow their life purpose we would still be reading at candlelight.

  • Maria
    2018-11-06 08:57

    This is one of my all time favorite books! It's not that I learned much new but that it is so well written. When we do what we are passionate about, we are truly living! So many awesome quotes and examples of people who found their "element" and are being what they were created for.One of my favorite quotes is found on page 130, "The key to happiness lies not in changing your genetic makeup, which you can't, or your circumstances, which may or may not be possible, but in your daily intentional activities. page 131 Achieving durable happiness as a way of being is a skill."

  • Giuseppe D
    2018-11-22 06:07

    Lots and lots of stories but, since your story is unique, you need to figure out what your element is on your own supposedly through a series of exercises which involve big pieces of paper and different colors.. I personally couldn't be bothered completing any of them but it might be useful. The thing is that, deep down, I've always known what me real element is, I only needed the courage to recognize it and reconnect with it so I guess what's really inspiring about this book is how people find the courage and the resources to follow their real dreams.

  • Marilyn
    2018-11-19 08:51

    I believe that in order to honestly critique a work such as this, you need to take it seriously and do the work. Thus it is taking me time to read. I am thoroughly enjoying the personal journey that Finding Your Element is taking me on and I think everyone should take this journey. The exercises are creative and interesting...definitely thought provoking! I am learning much about myself I didn't know before and recalling much I did know. Sir Ken is definitely becoming one of my knights in shining armor!

  • Tan Jing
    2018-11-21 05:50

    Self help books are as always cliched. But we certainly do need reminders in our life, hence i believe it's beneficial to read them once in a while. This book offers ways to find your element: morning pages, automatic writing, mind mapping and of course trying out new things. It talks about many individuals and their life (e.g. Jamie Olivers and this person who uses her feet to massage ppl) as well which can be helpful when I write argumentative essays next time

  • Brian Huskie
    2018-11-03 06:48

    Sort of exactly like his other "Element" book, except this time you get to do homework.

  • Graham Wilhauk
    2018-10-27 08:00

    BookTube, as of right now, is participating in Nonfiction November. The name is kind of self-explanatory as we read nonfiction in November. While I won't be returning to BookTube until a few weeks from now, I still took an interest to some nonfiction. I read "How to Read Literature Like a Professor" which was a pretentious and god awful guide to analyzing literature that would only make equally pretentious English teachers googily-eyed over it. I read "Bird by Bird" which was filled with great writing advice but was plagued with some of the most ironically boring writing I have ever read. However, my last two choices have been GREAT. "A Mother's Reckoning" by Sue Klebold is one of the BEST memoirs/reflections I have ever read and I will sure to write a full review after I type this one up. Then, my dad brought this book and just Ken Robinson to my attention. My dad actually got to see Robinson talk at a conference and was fascinated by the man. He asked me if I wanted to read his books with him. I said yes. We immediately got a copy of this book from the library and I read it. All I have to say is that I understand why my dad loved hearing this guy speak. This book centers on our passions and interests, for which he dubs "The Element." Much like some of my other favorites in nonfiction, like "Quiet" and "The God Delusion," I think I read this book at the right time. I am FASCINATED by my passions and my interests and I always wanted to know what was the psychology and process of finding those passions. While this book didn't fully answer those questions, I do think this book described the process of finding our "Elements" fantastically. I also liked how Ken Robinson made this more of a participatory book. He asks us, the readers, questions and periodically speaks directly to us using his text. It was really engaging. However, there is one issue that I had with the book. Robinson seems to get this confused for a how-to guide sometimes and I was not wanting a how-to guide. I was more wanting to know about the process itself not how I should do the process. Though, this is still just a minor issue that just kind of got on my nerves.Overall, I loved "Finding Your Element." If it wasn't for "A Mother's Reckoning" being SOOOOO GOOD, I would have said this is the best nonfiction book I have read since "The God Delusion." I cannot recommend this enough. If you are interested, get yourself a copy!I am giving this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Lisbeth
    2018-11-12 08:48

    Some years ago I heard a TED-talk with Ken Robinson. It was one of those talks you just love. He is a natural speaker and manages to make his topic so interesting and humorous. Nowadays, he is a Sir and an internationally recognised leader in the development of creativity. Also an advisor to governments, corporations and others on educational matters. He has written several books on creativity and how to find your place and occupation in life.In connection with hearing the talk I ordered this book, with the sub-title: "How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your life". It is an interesting book with a lot of examples of people who did find there elements, even meaning they changed their profession some time along the line. He also provides questions, ideas and advice how to try to find your true element. Best is to read a chapter and then linger on his questions and think on what it could mean to you.In a way I wish I hade read this book when I was younger. Having said that, I can look back and see that I did follow some of his advice and managed to change my life, even if it meant that I stayed in the same profession. However, most professions have several dimensions. Maybe sometimes, it is only a matter of moving to another place, or move in another direction within your work.The beginning."The aim of this book is to help you find your Element.I was in Oklahoma a few years ago and heard an old story. Two young fish are swimming down a river and an older fish swims past them in the opposite direction. He says, "Good morning, boys. How's the water?" They smile at him and swim on. Further up the river, one of the young fish turns to the other and says, "What's water?". He takes his natural element so much for granted that he doesn't even know he's in it. Being in your own Element is like that. It's about doing something that feels so completely natural to you, that resonates so strongly with you, that you feel that this is who you really are."How right he is. I have found part of my element in blogging and getting to know all you bloggers out there. It is a pleasure to exchange views on books and life in general. That is a time when I always feel happy, so it must be my element. What is yours?

  • Alexandra
    2018-11-21 10:59

    Unsurprisingly well written, intuitive and passionate... Although the key concepts of the book: aptitude, passion, happiness and community are neither alien to commonsense nor strange to intuition, Finding Your Element distinguishes itself by finding links between these concepts and supporting them with inspirational stories and practical exercises. -The real-life examples from people who have discovered and lived their Element inspire the ones seeking self-fulfillment and arm them with counter-arguments to those who stand up against the desire to find their Element. -The exercise and techniques that serve as a compass to finding one’s Element and that boost creativity, which is also essential to starting a path of one’s own. Another valuable element of the book is the resources made available within the chapters and at the end, proposing to widen the readers’ horizon and deepen their knowledge of the key concepts. Quotes I pondered: -On the journey to finding one’s Element: it’s “an inward journey to what lies within you and an outward journey to explore the opportunities around you” (p.5)-On having a passion: “There are plenty of people who don’t know what their passions are but it’s a rare person who has none.” (p.100) -On aptitude vs passion: “Whatever your aptitudes, the greatest source of achievement is passion. Aptitude matters, but passion often matters more… If you love doing something, you’ll be constantly drawn to get better at it.” (p.101)-On the values: “Passion, that is, has to be related to compassion.” (p.103)-On mutual respect: “The vast differences in personal passions mean that you should hesitate before judging what other people love to do.” (p.103)

  • Karen
    2018-11-11 12:03

    Listened to the audiobook. I like how Robinson makes you alter your perspective around subjects you think you know and recognize. Worth a read.Favourite quotes:"Finding your element is a quest to find yourself. It's a two-way journey: an inward journey to explore what lies within you, and an outward journey to explore opportunities in the world around you.""If you're on the right path, much of the pleasure is in the process. You should be inspired by those who are further down the road than you are, not discouraged by how far you have to go.""The power of being in your element is enhanced when it nurtures within you a greater sense of purpose. Having a purpose in life is the wellspring of sustained happiness.""The view you adopt of yourself can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value." ~ Carol Dweck"Part of being in your element is finding out what world you want to be in, what sort of culture you enjoy, and who your tribes are."

  • Ray NotBradbury
    2018-11-17 04:48

    I've found my element (passion and purpose) after reading the book (in 1 day). The book has a very easy flowing style and a smart structure, plus without difficult therms which we all hate. The only minus is - we all already know our so called 'Element'. Otherwise would it be so easy for me to find it, in 1 day? The book suggest you to draw different circles, use colourful pens, answer thousands of questions, plus go online and try hundreds of tests...if you have time for that, or desperately-depressive melancholic with a heavy amnesia -> Go ahead. Do it. Because as Ken R. is telling us in his book: "Some people do NEED the special SUPPORT to find their Element."But if you'll spend only 5-10 minutes with yourself - you'll find it without "exercises", "questionnaire" and "circles". It is inside of you and always been. From the time you was born. Simply ask yourself the question: what you liked the most when you was a child? To play doctor and run after cats to kinda 'heal' them? Ouch, then, deep in your heart, you are 99% a cat-healer and 1% of what you are now. 'Time to become fully happy and change your life path,' says Ken. Let's start from finding a cat...