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The Element by Mind Map: The Element

1. Afterword

1.1. The core principles of the element are rooted in a wider, organic conception of human growth and development

1.2. Current view is mechanistic

1.3. Human organisations are more organic

1.4. Climate crisis

1.5. The other climate crisis

1.5.1. Self inflicted physical illness from bad nutrition and eating disorders

1.5.2. Over medication

1.5.3. Suicides

1.5.4. Growth of cities

1.6. Aiming high

1.6.1. Death Valley Flowers Rain

1.6.2. Michaelangelo - "The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it"

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3. TED Talk

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4.1. Think differently

4.1.1. Mick Fleetwood "my parents saw that the light in this funny little creature certainly wasn't academics"

4.1.2. Taking it all for granted Key element We need to challenge what we take for granted about our abilities and the abilities of other people Senses An enemy of creativity and innovation is common sense 5 regular Intuition Balance Temperature Pain Vestibular sense Kinesthetic Athletes Gymnasts

4.1.3. How intelligent are you? 1-10 scale Survey of hands Common sense view Fixed intelligence At the heart of the education system Underpins testing industry Dominates college entrance exams Foundation of IQ concept Back to greece History of IQ Binet Terman Stanford IQ matter of life and death Standardised tests SATs

4.1.4. How are you intelligent The right question There are a variety of ways to express intelligence and no one scale could ever measure this Three features of human intelligence It is extraordinarily diverse It is tremendously dynamic It is entirely distinctive Discovering the element is about allowing yourself access to all of the ways in which you experience the world and discovering where your own true strengths lie Just don't take them for granted

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5.1. beyond imagining

5.1.1. Faith Ringgold

5.1.2. The promise of creativity Creativity Intelligence

5.1.3. Most people have a narrow view of intelligence Academic only

5.1.4. Myths Only special people are creative Creativity is like literacy Needs to be trained Creativity is about special activities Anything that involves your intelligence is creative People are either creative or not First critical step

5.1.5. It's all in your imagination Mental images Ex: Driving

5.1.6. Does size matter? Bertrand Russell "Is man what he seems to the astronomer, a tiny lump of impure carbon and water crawling impotently on a small and unimportant planet" Solar system Encouragements

5.1.7. The power of creativity Imagination is not the same as creativity Creativity takes the process of imagination to another level Definition "the process of having original ideas that have value" To be creative you have to actually do something make something new come up with new solutions think of new problems new questions Applied imagination Music dance math science business relationships Creative dynamics Personal creativity How it works Open your mind Involves more of the mind Non linear Divergent Creativity uses much more than our brains Creative work also reaches deep into our intuitive and unconscious minds and into our hearts and feelings Like letting a cork out of a bottle Requires effort Getting it together We don't just see the world as it is William JAmes "The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind.... If you change your mind you can change your life

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6.1. In the zone

6.1.1. Ewa Laurance Billiards Geometry

6.1.2. To be in the zone is to be deep in the heart of the element Aaron Sorkin Not an actor Writer

6.1.3. Are we there yet? One of the strongest signs of being in the zone is the sense of freedom and authenticity When we are in our Element we feel we are doing what we are meant to be doing and being who we are meant to be Time feels different Meta state Where ideas come more quickly Jochen Rindt Eric Clapton Wilbur Wright Flow

6.1.4. Reaching out When we connect with our own energy, we're more open to the energy of other people The more alive we feel, the more we can contribute to the lives of others

6.1.5. Being yourself When people are in the zone they align naturally with a way of thinking that works best for them. Using a thinking style completely natural to them everything comes more easily

6.1.6. Getting out of the box MBTI Issues Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument

6.1.7. Do the math Terence Tao Self taught reading Mozart of math

6.1.8. Questions we need to ask What did their parents do? Left to their own devices what are they drawn to doing? What kinds of activities do they tend to engage in voluntarily? What sorts of aptitudes do they suggest? What absorbs them most? What type of points do they make? What sort of questions do they ask?

6.1.9. We need to understand what puts people in the zone

6.1.10. We need to determine what implications this has for the rest of our lives

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7.1. Finding your tribe

7.1.1. For most people a primary component of being in their element is connecting with other people who share their passion and a desire to make the most of themselves through it

7.1.2. Meg Ryan Stage fright Hung out with actors Found element Peggy Fury Classes

7.1.3. A plan to discover yourself Tribe members can be collaborators or competitors

7.1.4. Domains and fields Domain is the sorts of activities and disciplines that people are engaged in Acting Rock music business Ballet physics rap Field refers to the other people who are engaged in it

7.1.5. It's not just me Debbie Allen Connecting with people who share the same passions affirms that you are not alone Some people are most in their Element when they are working alone Mathematicians Poets Painters Athletes Interaction with a field "if you don't kick things about with people you you are out of it" John Wheeler Michael Polanyi Argues against state control of science

7.1.6. How do they do that Find your scene Bob Dylan in NYC

7.1.7. Circles of influence

7.1.8. The alchemy of synergy Kind of Blue Creative teams Diverse Dynamic Distinct

7.1.9. Lost in the crowd Fan behaviour BIRGing deindivdulation

7.1.10. Look, listen, learn Some are skilled critics Billy Connolly Watched Chick Murray on TV Turning point Found his tribe

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8.1. What will they think

8.1.1. This time it's personal Chuck Close Candoco

8.1.2. Fear is perhaps the most common obstacle to finding your Element Susan Jeffers Techniques

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9.1. Do you feel lucky?

9.1.1. The element is also a matter of attitude

9.1.2. It's not what happens to us that determines our lives-it's what we make of what happens

9.1.3. Attitude and aptitude Luck All the people have taken an active role in "getting lucky" Luck Factor One way of opening ourselves up to new opportunities is to make conscious efforts to look differently at out ordinary situations Ability to reframe Vidal Sassoon Brad Zdanivsky

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10.1. Somebody help me

10.1.1. Polio

10.1.2. The life-changing connection

10.1.3. Mentors Roles 1 2 3 4 More than heros They show us the next steps and encourage us to take them

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11.1. Is it too late?

11.1.1. Susan Jeffers Floating hospital Wrote book

11.1.2. Paul Potts

11.1.3. Extra middle age 35-50

11.1.4. One of the most basic reasons for thinking that it's too late to be who you are truly capable of being is the belief that life is linear Ridley Scott Commercials TV Cinema

11.1.5. Human lives are organic and cyclical Multiple opportunities for new growth and development Benjamin Franklin developed bifocals at 78

11.1.6. Look after yourself physically exercise nutrition

11.1.7. Keeping things plastic Multiple languages Keep your brain active Insight arrives with age

11.1.8. Engaged forever Grace Living Centres Kindergarten Home Western idea of keeping generations apart is a failure

11.1.9. There's time

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12.1. For love or money

12.1.1. For the love of it Amateur Not necessarily amateurish The Pro-Am revolution Professional Transformation If we're not in our element at work it becomes even more important to discover that element somewhere else Finding the Element is essential to a balanced and fulfilled life The kite runner Room to read Beyond leisure Leisure is a break Recreation Scientific study of happiness The element won't make you rich

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13.1. Making the grade

13.1.1. Too many think they are not good at anything

13.1.2. Branson

13.1.3. Finding our element is essential for us as individuals and for the well being of our communities

13.1.4. Education should be one of the processes to take us towards the Element

13.1.5. Too often it serves the opposite function

13.1.6. What are we going to do about this?

13.1.7. This looked-down-upon thing Rails against Hierarchy of disciplines Conformity has a higher value than diversity Conformity or creativity Public education puts relentless pressure on students to conform Created in the image of industrialism Factory culture Standard units Bells Batched by age Standardised tests Benefits and successes Drawbacks The rise of the graduate Reforming education

14. The element

14.1. People find high levels of achievement and personal satisfaction upon discovering the things they naturally do well and that also ignites their passions

14.1.1. Examples Matt Groening Paul Samuelson Gillian Lynne

14.2. One size does not fit all

14.2.1. Three features of formal education Preoccupation with certain sorts of academic ability Hierarchy of subjects Growing reliance on particular types of assessment

14.2.2. Result Narrow view of intelligence and capacity Overvalue of particular sorts of talents and ability Neglect of important skills Marginalisation

14.2.3. Dance and drama not taught

14.2.4. Basic flaw Back to basics myth that standardised testing makes a country more competitive Severe underestimation of human capacity

14.2.5. Alienation

14.2.6. Not back to basics enough Concentrates on

14.3. The pace of change

14.3.1. Children retiring today will retire in 2070

14.3.2. Technology lightening change

14.3.3. Population growth

14.3.4. Future predictions are almost impossible

14.3.5. BRIC countries will play increasing role

14.3.6. The only way to prepare for the future is to make the most out of ourselves on the assumption that doing so will make us as flexible and productive as possible

14.3.7. Most people set aside their passions to pursue things they don't care about in the name of financial security

14.3.8. The only thing we know about the future is that it will be different

14.3.9. We need to think very differently about human resources and about how we develop them if we are to face the challenges

14.4. What is the element?

14.4.1. The meeting point between natural aptitude and personal passion

14.4.2. Time passes differently more alive more centred more vibrant

14.4.3. The element is different for everyone

14.4.4. How do we find it?

14.4.5. Not limited to one

14.4.6. Features Aptitude Passion

14.4.7. Conditions Attitude Opportunity

14.4.8. Sequence I get it I love it I want it Where is it?