Most people are unhappy at work. Unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by two to one worldwide. There are twice as many “actively disengaged” workers in the world as there are “engaged” workers who love their jobs. In short, over 60% of employees are checked out. They sleepwalk through their days, putting little energy into their work.
I would like to argue that mainly is because they are not doing work that puts them in their element.
What is your element?
Sir Ken Robinson in his most popular TED talks about Do schools kill creativity? talks a lot about finding your element. In his book The Element, he goes deeper on this topic.
The element is the nexus point of two things:
- Doing what you love; and
- Doing what you are good at.
The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.
When people arrive at the Element, they feel most themselves and most inspired and achieve at their highest levels
If you love doing something so much that you are even paid to do it and you are good at it, you have a talent for it, you put these two together [what you love + what you are good at], then you have your element.
We all need to discover our element, not only for our own personal fulfillment but also for the world. The world needs more people who have come alive and have discovered their element.
What you do for yourself dies with you when you leave this world, what you do for others lives on forever.
Can you imagine if 80% of the world lived their element?
Can you imagine if 80% of the world population loved that they do and they are good at it?
When people are in their Element, they connect with something fundamental to their sense of identity, purpose, and well-being.
I would like to add another ingredient to Sir Ken’s formula which is:
- What the world needs and is willing to pay for?
It is important that you love what you do and you are good at it, but it is very important that your element is what people needs and are willing to pay for it.
Is there a market for your element?
We are all born with extraordinary powers of imagination, intelligence, feeling, intuition, spirituality, and of physical and sensory awareness.
If you want to change the world who do you begin with, yourself or others?
I believe if we begin with ourselves and do the things that we need to do and become the best person we can be, we have a much better chance of changing the world for the better.
The problem is when settle for less than what we are capable of.