Introduction to Finding Your Element (02:30)
Sir Ken Robinson introduces the topic and gives a definition for "element."
"I Just Get It" (02:52)
Robinson uses a mathematician and an account as examples of people with natural talents.
Connecting Aptitude and Love (02:50)
It is possible to understand something but not like it. Being in your element means loving what you are doing.
Authentic Self (02:54)
Robinson comments on why finding your element will improve your life.
Happiness and Engagement (02:38)
Robinson shares the social reason for finding your element. Many people do not live with purpose and meaning. Depression is a leading cause of death.
Loving Your Job (01:49)
Robinson shares the economic reason for finding your element.
Aptitude and Passion (02:30)
Robinson describes two aspects of being in your element and consciousness. Distractions keep people from knowing themselves.
Every Life is Unique (03:50)
Robinson explains the principles that apply to a personal journey.
Individual Biology and Cultural Circumstances (02:44)
Robinsons compares himself to his parents. Life is creative and people have powerful imaginations.
Create Your Life (03:00)
A powerful idea attracts other powerful ideas. Human life is hard to predict.
Life is Organic (02:31)
Life is not linear; it constantly improvises. Get to know yourself better to find your element. Education systems have a narrow view of ability.
Know Your Passions (02:47)
Find activities you love to do. Finding your element is a spiritual process.
Outer Journey (01:48)
Robinson talks about sociology, psychology, and attempts to classify people.
Positive Psychology (02:50)
Many people are not happy because they confuse happiness with material well-being. Psychology has historically been focused on negative feelings.
Life as a Quadriplegic (04:23)
Robinson shares a story about a near fatal accident involving his father. His powerful attitude kept him alive and happy.
Creating Opportunities (03:54)
Robinson shares the story of sailor Ellen MacArthur. Her determination to fulfill her passion forced her to find a way.
Olympic Gymnast (04:51)
Robinson talks about Bart Connor, who discovered his special talent for walking on his hands as a boy. His mother encouraged him to follow his dreams.
Life is Not Linear (03:00)
Robinson discusses how narrowing choices limits a child's ability to find his or her talents.
Final Thoughts (01:37)
Robinson quotes Anais Nin to sum up the organic character of human life and the importance of the creative journey to find one's element.
Credits: Finding Your Element with Sir Ken Robinson (00:48)
Credits: Finding Your Element with Sir Ken Robinson
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