In The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? Seth Godin shatters the myth of the false ceiling between us and our potential achievements.
Turns out the warning in the Greek myth not to fly too close to the sun was only half of the story.
The myth also warned about flying too low.
"Better Art, Three Ways Fly closer to the sun. Become naked and vulnerable in front of those you give your art to, and Seek to make a connection."
More then a Business Book
The Icarus Deception straddles the divide between management/leadership and self-help/personal development spheres.
It covers all the usual suspects - fear of failure, doing the work, stepping out of our comfort zone - but does it in a way that makes you feel you really must get up and at it!
Seth argues that we’ve been brainwashed by industrial propaganda, and pushes us to stand out, and to find our own way of doing things, rather than subscribe to the theory that there is a 'right' way.
To inspire us to action, the book includes 14 short portraits of 'artists' in the widest sense of the word - including singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer and the UK rugby player, Ben Cohen - and the unique ways they push the envelope.
"Making art hurts. But it’s better than the alternative."
Creative careers in a post-industrial world
Founder of Squidoo (now Hub Pages), vice president of Yahoo’s direct marketing until 2000, Seth Godin is famous for his bald head and over-the-top specs.
He's also known for blogging every day for over a decade (!) and for personally answering all his email - albeit in his characteristic brief style.
Entrepreneur, marketer, public speaker and the author of 18 best-selling books, Godin writes about:
Look at all our recent mental leaps in terms of how we work - and market that work - online, and you will find Godin’s influence.
A master of the succinct, he coined phrases such as
"…your biggest failure is the thing you dreamed of contributing but didn’t find the guts to do."
The Icarus Deception IS a business book but it's not a 'how to' book in the traditional sense.
Seth Godin is at once no-nonsense yet consummately enabling. He challenges us to ask ourselves questions such as:
And then to go and find solutions that dovetail with our own personalities.
The only recipe for success Seth offers us is to do what we do fearlessly, with passion, commitment and without regard for established norms or hierarchies.
As artists, could we ask for more?
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