The Element – Book Review

The Element – Book Review
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Sir Ken Robinson in The Element, aka the passions that drive you, shares one of the most important ideas of our time that can transform our personal thinking, the future of education and what we pursue in life as professionals. Robinson, of Ted Talk fame, makes an impassioned plea to discover, pursue and honour the talents that drive us. He goes on to say, “Activities we love fill us with energy even when we are physically exhausted. Activities we don’t like can drain us in minutes, even when we approach them at our physical peak of fitness.”

What is holding us back from pursuing and growing our innate abilities? Robinson highlight several challenges including

  • Inertia from within
  • Lack of confidence
  • Fear of failure
  • The people closest to you
  • Others’ image and expectations
  • The general culture
  • “Self-sustaining web of social roles and expectations that forms a tacit boundary”

How do you overcome these challenges?

  • Find a mentor
  • Attitude
  • Maximize opportunities
  • Create opportunities
  • Believe in a positive outcome
  • Engage in the domains that interest you
  • Connect with the people (the field) that are passionate in your domain
  • Push through fear
  • Keep mind and body healthy

The book moves from focussing on finding and overcoming the challenges of pursuing talents and ambitions, to concentrating on how we can inspire the youth of today. Robinson says about school, “First we need to eliminate the existing hierarchy of subjects. Elevating some disciplines over others only reinforces outmoded assumptions of industrialism and offends the principle of diversity. Too many students pass through education and have their natural talents marginalized or ignored. The arts, sciences, humanities, physical education, languages, and math all have equal and central contributions to make to a student’s education…Learning happens in the minds and souls of individuals – not in the databases of multiple-choice tests.”

Read this book if you want to be inspired, are looking for that ‘thing’ missing in life or you want to give a child/ren the chance to reach their potential through maximizing innate talent.


For more on Sir Ken Robinson


Finding Your Element
The Element
Out of Our Minds
Creative Schools

Ted Talks
Do Schools Kill Creativity
Bring on the Learning Revolution
How to Escape Education’s Death Valley




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