The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
One boy, aged 9 was considered musically hopeless. He displayed no particular interest in his music classes and felt that it was more of a time to play cards with his friends. That boy was Paul McCartney.
A young girl couldn’t focus in class and finds little interest in the subject material. Her parents are told she may have a learning disorder. The mother takes her to a psychologist who, after an extended interview, leaves the girl in the room alone with music playing. She begins to dance. The psychologist says to the girl’s mother, “she isn’t sick, she’s a dancer. Take her to a dance school.”
This girl, Gillian Lynne, would eventually join the Royal Ballet Company and later helped create some of the most successful musical theatre productions in history, such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.
The Element goes through a variety of stories of those who have thrived once they found their element, which is described as the place where passions and aptitudes meet. It speaks to the natural creative intelligence that all children are born with, the importance of uncovering these abilities, and the way schools and social environments are often harming the opportunity to do so.
Co-Authors Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica reveal insights on discovering the truest self and finding fulfillment through that discovery. The book is a depiction of the immense value in discovering what speaks best to your personal aptitudes and interests.
Who Should Read This Book
- Parents of young children. It holds a powerful lesson of how children can be guided to uncover their greatest abilities and move forward to share those abilities in a healthy and meaningful way.
- Anybody who feels they haven’t found the right thing for themselves. It not only depicts the way children uncover their abilities but also shares stories of many people who found their element later in life and lends hope to those who feel they need to make a change.