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The Icarus Deception Audiobook

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

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Publisher's Summary

What are you afraid of?

The old rules: Play it safe. Stay in your comfort zone. Find an institution, a job, a set of rules to stick to. Keep your head down. Don't fly too close to the sun.

The new truth: It's better to be sorry than safe. You need to fly higher than ever.

In his bravest and most challenging book yet, Seth Godin shows how we can thrive in an economy that rewards art, not compliance. He explains why true innovators focus on trust, remarkability, leadership, and stories that spread. And he makes a passionate argument for why you should be treating your work as art.

Art is not a gene or a specific talent. It's an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision that others don't, and the guts to do something about it. Steve Jobs was an artist. So were Henry Ford and Martin Luther King, Jr. To work like an artist means investing in the things that scale: creativity, emotional labor, and grit. The path of the artist isn't for the faint of heart - but Godin shows why it's your only chance to stand up, stand out, and make a difference.

The time to seize new ground and work without a map is now. So what are you going to do?

©2012 Seth Godin (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    AJ 04-16-17
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    "Essentiall reading for apprentices of mastery"

    This book is dense with examples and references and it it is very relevant in our post-industrial/Industry 4.0 world where artistry and provenance is becoming the driving force or success

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    Todd 03-03-17
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    "Incredibly Inspirational"

    Read and begin to make art. Read again, then make art. ...dots to fulfill the word count requirement for a proper review. More dots. ........................

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    Chaunce Dolan 02-23-17 Member Since 2013
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    "An inspiring book for anyone creating, building, or designing something"

    Seth's read of this was great and he knows where to slow down and emphasize points for dramatic effect. I captured many, many buyers and quotes from this. I highly recommend anyone reading this comment, to listen to this book.

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    Versa-Bands dot com INVENTOR! 01-29-17

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    "Seth's Godin is a deep intellectual thinker who does not "drink the Kool-Aid"."

    Savor every word in this book. Go slow because you will get out of it exactly what you put in. This man is one of the highest level fingers on relationship management I have ever read.

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    Amin 12-30-16
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    "Dare to fly closer to the sun."

    How to shut the voice of doubt of yourself and others, and just do the work, create art, and follow your path to fulfilment and great achivements.

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    Will B Seattle WA 11-12-16
    Will B Seattle WA 11-12-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Revealing & just what I needed"

    Seth reveals the new 21st century economy in such a direct & honest way that I think I really got it for the first time. Not another pop marketing strategy filled with jargon or strategies that will get you what you want.
    Instead he methodically lays out the opportunity to do the work you've always known & wanted. Less of a kick in the ass or slap on the back than a personal, vulnerable invitation. Here it is. Now go do it.

    Personally it rung the right chord. I'm settling Ng aside other inputs to repeat this one while I make my leap.

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    conniseur 09-23-16
    conniseur 09-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A must read for every entreprenuer!!"

    Such a smart writer. His words really spoke to my soul to help me in my journey to self I employment. Every business owner should read this!!

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    Reese 07-01-16
    Reese 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Most of the books I have read this year (18+)
    Start off ok and then finally get good towards the end. This is one of those books that's good from the opening chapter and only gets better as you go on.

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    James z 06-03-16
    James z 06-03-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great insight on what's key to succeed in post Industrial Age."

    Whether it's our system of education or how to succeed in business today Seth's insight that we at all artists ( or have the potential) is insightful, appropriate, and laid out in a way that is very persuasive.
    I will buy the book and read it again.... And again.

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    Lisa S Dunlop 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A rare voice!"

    The re-education I have been looking for and needing. Redefining success and art is a true game changer.

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    1/14/17
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    "A strange book"

    The book in essence tells you to be brave and unique to be successful in life/work. The book could be a chapter long and sufficiently long enough! The narrator also pronounces his h's as u's which is annoying.

    On the plus side the book was very effective in making me fall asleep!

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  • Maria
    1/8/17
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    "EXTREMELY interesting and thought provoking"

    I will now listen to it for a second time so as to take notes.

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  • Connor
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    "Interesting concept but poor execution"

    Insightful but not practical enough and extremely repetitive. No need to be 7 hours long.

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  • Mr B O Davies
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    "More conceptual than tangible"

    Definitely enjoyed it and took some inspiration from it. Slightly repetitive but he was hammering home a good concept. Doesn't contain any magic pills...but that's the point

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  • jack fourie
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    "DON'T READ THE REVIEWS"

    This book is very repetitive in its message but what the message is about many open your eyes and change your mindset. As a new Seth Godin fan, I didn't know what to expect but I have learnt so much without learning anything at all.

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  • gary
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    "Great audio"

    This audio had plenty of inspiration to take away and just love the artist impression! I am an artist.
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  • Michael
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    "Excellent"
    If you could sum up The Icarus Deception in three words, what would they be?

    Another masterpiece from Seth


    What other book might you compare The Icarus Deception to, and why?

    Linchpin also by Seth


    Have you listened to any of Seth Godin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, this is one of my favourite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent piece of work from

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  • Jonathan Andrews
    London, UK
    7/2/15
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    "Inspiring"

    I loved this book when it first came out. It is stirring, inspiring and gives me confidence to be brave and make art. Also it's the WHOLE book and narrated by the author.

    I gave it five stars, but really its's worth six.

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  • Mark
    Blackpool, Lancs, United Kingdom
    6/4/15
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    "One of many brilliant books"

    Always narrated by the author, Seth Godin is able to connect with the listener, whilst offering a challenging topic for you to digest. I recommend listening to this audio book more than once & exploring his other titles.

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  • Phil
    2/12/15
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    "Great."

    Another great book from Seth his insight and views are an inspiration and help you focus on what's important to you. just remember to make art

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