FINDING YOUR ELEMENT by Ken Robinson

FINDING YOUR ELEMENT

How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life

KIRKUS REVIEW

Another self-help book about attaining your true potential, from Robinson and co-author Aronica.

The desire to help people find a life that resonates with who they are, both on the inside and the outside, is the principle behind Robinson's (Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, 2011, etc.) practical guidebook on discovering one's "element" or authentic self. "Finding your element is a highly personal and often surprising process," he writes, "that has different outcomes for each of us." Building on ideas presented in The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (2009), Robinson uses a variety of methods, such as questions and hands-on exercises (mind maps, vision boards, automatic writing and Venn diagrams are just some examples), to help readers on their quest. When followed, these prompts generate visual, progressive layers of understanding that lead readers to a place where natural aptitudes and abilities converge with one's passions. The ultimate goal is to create a life that brings inner peace and satisfaction along with social and economic balance for the individual and society as a whole. By acknowledging one's dreams and understanding the conditions needed to fulfill them, readers can create their own organic, nonlinear destiny and discover a lifestyle that eliminates regret and truly expresses a person's individuality. Stories drawn from his personal life as well as from those who have followed Robinson's other works add balance and some credibility to the process, and the books and websites mentioned throughout the text supply additional support.

Mostly a rehash of The Element, but fans may glean some insight about understanding who we are as individuals and how we can have a better life that communicates our uniqueness to the world.

Pub Date: May 21st, 2013
ISBN: 978-0-670-02238-0
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2013




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