I was recently re-reading one of the most informative books on finding the right fit in your career and in life choices – The Element: How finding your passion changes everything by Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D. Sir Ken Robinson is most famous for his Ted Talk about education and the need for reformation.

But what is the element and better yet, how do I find it? Sir Robinson states that the Element is the point in time when your natural gifts, personality and passion meet and become aligned. People who have found their Element find themselves doing things that they love and when doing them they feel they are their most authentic self. This is exactly how we are hardwired!  He goes further to say “Being in their Element, they connect with something fundamental to their sense of identity, purpose and well-being.” It is about doing what they are really supposed to be doing with their life.

However, the million dollar question is how do I find that? I want the Element for myself. The good news is that you can find it for yourself and so can anyone else. Sir Robinson says that there are two features and 2 conditions for being in the Element. The features are aptitude and passion and the conditions are attitude and opportunity. At an early stage in life it is hard to identify passion, but aptitude is definitely there. Do you like to read? Do you love solving problems? Would you debate a question regardless of the topic just for the challenge? These all point to aptitude.

Attitude and opportunity are conditions that you create for yourself. Don’t be a victim. “I can’t pick a career because I am not interested in anything.” I challenge you to reframe that statement to “I can explore different careers so that I can find one that interests me and is a good fit.” You can create your own opportunities and once you start that journey I am willing to bet your attitude will follow you along with expectant delight. There is no one way to find your Element that is better than another. The best way to start is to pick up the phone and call a friend right now and tell them you are looking for your Element and sk if they could help you get started.

 

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2 Responses to What is “The Element” and how do I find it?

  1. Sharron wilson says:

    I am so glad I have found my nitch in life. It happen in a time of my life where I had to reinvent myself. I always say things happen for a reason….doors open all the time but people miss out because they over think the sitiation. I tried on many hats before I found the one that fit. Determination is the key as well as the williness to pick yourself up and go on until you find your nitch. I am so glad there are people like yourself that help people find their nitch faster thani did. Especially in this economic time. God bless you Amy.

  2. Ashly Garner says:

    Thanks for this info! I saw that he was a keynote at NACE this year, I believe, as I wasn’t able to make it this year. I will for sure order this book. Over the last several weeks I have had quite a few students coming in (more than normal) stating they just don’t know what they want to do, so I’m ready to update my resources and refresh activities for students regarding career exploration.

    Thank you!

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