The Icarus Deception is an intellectual roller coaster, especially when listening to it, not reading it. There were perspectives that I so totally agreed with that the words that could have been my own and there were those which were absolutely counter to my world view. This is both a troubling and an inspiring book - and I suspect that is Seth Godin's intent.
This is a long, long, audio book and I had sometimes to just take a break from Godin's intense, in-your-face, style. This may be one of those books that are easier to read, when the voice in your head is your own.
There are several key ideas that I have taken from this book. First is the idea of resistance which is built upon Steven Pressfield's War of Art. So many times I feel that reluctance to get past the busy work of emails, voice-mails, meetings and chit chat to sit down and engage in substantive work that means something. Godin captures this dynamic so well. In like vein is Godin's idea of "shipping." This is placing our work product, our art, out into the world. Ship. Go. I hear his voice in my head and that is good. Finally, I appreciated the treatise on not being held captive to people's opinion and response to newly shipped "art" in the world. On the flip side, I think that Godin sets up a false dichotomy between the "industrialist" and the "artist." I personally think a world where everyone was an iconoclast would be just as dysfunctional as a world where everyone focused solely on the bottom line, quality standards, compliance, conformity, evolutionary development etc. In some places Godin seems to suggest that a person is either an industrialist drone or an artist. There is a lot of discussion about "the Industrialist"which sounds more like a political treatise than a motivational or intellectual one. In other places he suggests that both personas can coexist within us and the challenge is to be an artist and ship our work, work that is meaningful and connects.
All in all, if you are up for some serious intellectual engagement, listen to this book. If you want fluff, look elsewhere. Listening to and understanding this book takes effort.
It was bad from the very beginning, but I decided to patient, listened up to 60%. Still nothing changed. Just a set of superfluous slogans on how to live the too be proud of it, arranged into quite commiserated system that author trying to push into my head. Four hours of time wasted. Don't recommend to repeat my mistake.
Of all the books seth godin had written, linchpin and this book, icarus deception are the best. Similar message, but with a different emphasis.
I was heaved into a world 34 yrs ago that made little sense to me. Not perplexing every answer was given. None ever satisfied. Preventing destructive governance by destroying satisfied me enough. It fit well with my own self destructive outlook. I found a new world hidden 4yrs past. Fascination flooded over me. I found my inner artist. I have used painting (canvas, clothing indoors and out) landscaping, home repair/ remodeling... In different ways of expressing my new passionate world. All are great connectors. This perception pushed me to renewed zeal and excitement. To have someone describe why this world is in its current state and what is being offered to us. Creation is a act of love and the micro image of god. I accept the views challenge and passion placed forward by such a wonderful heart and mind as I perceive. I will enjoy this book narration and lecture many more times. Thank you Sire! Mr. Godin I see the god in you! Thank you for your connections.
Book Review Haiku Mike
My second listen. It gets better every time. Godin reading is a treat. Challenging the notion of what is uncomfortable.
Many useful points helped me see things differently. Seth Godin has a way of digging deep into thoughts in the back of our minds but don't always take time to explore.
I liked Seth's other books better, such as Purple Cow, Tribes, and Linchpin. However, this book has a good perspective as to staying too comfortable and not taking the necessary risks to be an impresario.
Repetitive and contradictory at times, this is still an inspirational listen if you're an artist and/or concerned that you may not be utilizing your creative potential.