The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Sir Ken Robinson
Publication Date
January 2009
Viking Adult
FROM AMAZON.COM: From one of the world's leading thinkers and speakers on creativity and self-fulfillment, a breakthrough book about talent, passion, and achievement

The element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. When people arrive at the element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels. The Element draws on the stories of a wide range of people, from ex-Beatle Paul McCartney to Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons; from Meg Ryan to Gillian Lynne, who choreographed the Broadway productions of Cats and The Phantom of the Opera; and from writer Arianna Huffington to renowned physicist Richard Feynman and 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 to 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 also an essential strategy for transforming education, business, and communities to meet the challenges of living and succeeding in the twenty-first century.
The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. The Element
  4. Think Differently
  5. Beyond Imagining
  6. In the Zone
  7. Finding Your Tribe
  8. What Will They Think?
  9. Do You Feel Lucky?
  10. Somebody Help Me
  11. Is It Too Late?
  12. For Love or Money
  13. Making the Grade
  14. Afterword
  15. Notes
  16. Index