Summary of The Element
How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
When you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work. Find your passion and attain “the Element.”
According to author and education consultant Sir Ken Robinson, today’s educational systems promote only certain types of learning and recognize only certain types of intelligence and creativity. Yet people are happiest when they follow their talents and do what they love. Robinson, writing with co-author Lou Aronica, describes this avenue to fulfillment as “the Element,” the intersection of ability and passion. He uses stories of artists, scientists, athletes and musicians to support his theory. While Robinson makes a strong case for finding your Element, he doesn’t tell you how to get there. Since he relies on case histories of the famous, some readers might feel more distanced than motivated. Nonetheless, getAbstract recommends this thoughtful self-help book, which challenges traditional views of intelligence and creativity.
In this summary, you will learn
- What it means to find “the Element,”
- How educational systems and limited definitions of intelligence and creativity quash talent and passion,
- Why discovering your Element is essential to your happiness and well-being, and
- How some well-known people found their passions.
Comment on this summary
5 years agoi want to read the story not looking for damm information
6 years agoMost people do view creativity as a fixed quality only limited to artists and actors. But everyone can be more creative as they apply their intelligence and imagination to their work. Innovation is creative. it is never to late to apply creativity. As the author states, Benjamin Franklin was 78 when he invented bifocals.
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