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Ken Robinson: The Element

I have loved listening to Sir Ken Robinson on all of his Ted Talks. Reading his book “The Element” was just like hearing him talk. His insights into passions, talents, and education are inspirational. Here are some of the nuggets I left with.

  • He describes the “Element” as “a place where the things we love to do and the things we are good at come together.”
  • We give ourselves limitations. We limit our understanding of the range of our capacities. We limit our understanding of how all of these capacities relate to each other holistically. We limit our understanding of how much potential we have for growth and change.
  • We must not only find our element, but we must find our tribe. If we don’t find a tribe to practice with, we may not continue our passion. Surround yourself with people who inspire you.
  • Mentors give us four things: recognition of our skills, encouragement, facilitating our learning, and stretching us past our limits.
  • It is never too late to follow your passion.
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