Summary of Finding Your Element
From FINDING YOUR ELEMENT by Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica. Copyright © Ken Robinson, 2013. Summarized by arrangment with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company
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Confucius said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica refer to that happy state as “being in your Element.” In this sequel to their bestseller, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, they offer a nuts-and-bolts guide to finding work that combines your talents and your passions. The heart of the book is a battery of exercises – basically, personality tests – aimed at identifying your strengths and passions. The authors suggest using several boxes of markers to create all the color-coded lists, Venn diagrams and “mind maps.” Doing that work will furnish you with useful résumés of your aptitudes and passions. And, those in turn will offer you a nudge in the right direction. getAbstract recommends this manual to recent graduates, fledgling entrepreneurs and those who are dissatisfied with their current career or life direction.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why “being in your Element” can make you happy,
- How the ability to look inward can help you discover the talents and passions that define your element, and
- What methods you can use to find a career or other activities that let you live in your element.
About the Authors
Sir Ken Robinson, professor emeritus at the University of Warwick, UK, co-authored The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, with novelist Lou Aronica.