Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes EverythingThe Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish there would have been more content on discovering what your element is. Each story he used had the benefit of hindsight, obviously. Sure, if you look in the past of a successful person, there are likely to be points where they found something they were naturally good at, that they enjoyed doing, and that they found a way to make enough money doing it to survive, or even thrive. But what about those that spent their whole life searching for that thing they enjoyed and were naturally gifted at? Other than just wandering around, what common activities or strategies did the successful people employ to identify their element?

Overall I liked this book. It is motivating to hear of the possibilities in life when one finds one's element. The self-examination that follows is helpful in a personally strategic sense, but falls a little flat when you step back and realize that in some cases this thought pattern might just lead you to a mid-life crisis. I think that more time could have been spent on the journey to discovering your element. Perhaps it was there and I missed it, but the desire to know how to discover my element is what I'm walking away from this book with.

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