In The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, Ken Robinson elaborates on the themes touched on in the TED Talks. In many ways it can be viewed as a Self-Help book, one that aims at helping the reader find and explore their passions. However, Ken Robinson hits readers with good level of psychological and educational research, along with some great philosophy, which makes this book feel more grounded in truth than some typical self-help fluff. The book also includes great case studies of people who have found “The Element”, celebrity and non-celebrity alike, and what their journey has been like. These case studies really give some practical life application for the principles Robinson talks about.
“The only way to do great work is to love the work you’re doing.”
That’s really at the heart of Robinson’s book and I enjoyed every minute of it.
In helping readers find the calling for their lives, he asks not “How creative are you?” but rather, “How are you creative?” That question may be my favorite part of the book. He challenges the reader to do some digging and some turning inward to determine what sort of activities, passions, pursuits they really connect with and encourages the pursuit of those things inside or outside of a career. He argues quite well that we are all talented and creative in our own way.