Book review: The Element

Title: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
Author: Ken Robinson with Lou Aronica
Rating: 4/5

This book is sheer inspirational particularly if you are like me facing an uncertain phase in life, not knowing what is the right way forward and what do you really want to do in life. Let me confess: It is honestly difficult and tiring to think of what exactly constitutes to THE good decision because we will only live through this life once, thus, no one do have any prior comparisons to make in our past lives.

Robinson points to those who feel disillusioned and bored about their lives as those who have yet to find their true selves. “I believe that we are all born with tremendous natural capabilities, and that we lose touch with many of them as we spend more time in the world,” he said in the introduction. His suggestion for us to find our true selves is to be creative, where we first imagine and dream before we work on that idea to make something original.

Wait a moment, this is exactly what we are NOT taught to be. In real life, you are supposed to put your feet on the ground, be practical and be contented. A friend’s recent Facebook status said, “The lesser you expect, the better life gets.” The fear of failure and worst of all – not living up to expectations – weigh us down and reality seem to make imagining harder than it really is.

The beauty of this book then is how it discusses about such a difficult topic with such ease that it effectively makes it sound less intimidating. No one said it is easy to lead a happy life or what Aristotle called eudaimonia, but it might just be there in reach when we understand that human lives are organic and cyclical and that we can always have new growth and development, only when we are willing to let our imagination run wild and think out of the box.

For more information about Sir Ken Robinson and his other thoughts about creativity, do visit his site.

Leave your comments below to tell me more about what you think of life, creativity or if you do like my first book review!


7 thoughts on “Book review: The Element

    1. Would recommend if you need some eureka inspirations at the moment! But if you want more light-hearted books, I will be doing a review of some in the coming few days, so do look out!

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