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
This book has brought to the surface all of the things that an artist is and all that we struggle with. It has helped me embrace those things that I thought should be "fixed" and has given me a boost of confidence that my ways are different but no less effective. I highly recommend it to the artist and to anyone who loves one.
I will be listening to this throughout my entire life... it spoke to me... I recommend this gem to everyone... AWESOME!!!! Andy
I got goosebumps listening to the first section alone!!! This spoke to me louder than anything I have heard in a long time. I am so greatful that I just happened to stumble upon it. I was simply trying to find out who Seth Godin was after hearing a few of his top 10 quotes, my favorite being "We are all Special in our own way the moment we choose to be". But this book has truly been a gift.
Seth Godin helped me to understand that art isn't limited to people who paint, sculpt, etc. He made me discover art in everything that I do.
Seth is not reading his story. He's speaking to me about how I can change how I look at everything that I do.
Seth's passion comes through in his voice. His beliefs ring-out clearly to anyone willing to listen. You won't get that off the page of a book.
When Seth told me (paraphrasing): Don't wait for your CEO to pick you. Don't wait for your boss to pick you. YOU need to pick YOU. I'll never wait to be "ordained" by any human being again!
I began to understand Seth's power when I read "Purple Cow Marketing." He shows a dimension in the book that goes way beyond business. This is a very intelligent, insightful gentlemen that we all need to listen to.
Likely, and Ive recommended it to everyone.
It's equal to Good to Great
He talks well?
Ask better questions
I found this book great. He encourages you to step up and make it happen. He also adds great ways to deal w/ not be perfect, and you try.
Buy the physical book not the Audible version because the narration is terrible.
Like so many books of the nature the author is beating the same idea to death over and over with each new book.
Seth Godin likes to narrate his own work but unfortunately he really does't have the voice for it which really distracts from the information he is attempting to communicate.
Someone needs to tell Seth Godin that he is not the best person to narrate his own books and then hire a better narrator.
Author, consultant and thought-leader on problems at intersection of sales and marketing
One of the top 5 audiobooks
A plus that Seth reads it himself.
This book has a very strong message which Seth hammers home many times.
I recently downloaded Seth Godin's “The Icarus Deception” on Audible as my work habits have changed and I have a couple of 90 minute commutes every week. I consider it a real plus in the audio version that Seth reads it himself.
The message in The Icarus Deception resonated strongly with me, an Australian Baby-boomer. I grew up in a culture where “flying too close to the Sun” was actively discouraged in an Aussie version of the myth called the “Tall Poppy Syndrome”. The message many boomers bought and which is still being promoted by industrial-based thinking today is “Play it safe, be a good worker, you’ll get promoted, own your own home and get to send your kids to University.”
Interestingly in the past 200 years, the Icarus myth somehow deleted Deadalus’ other warning to Icarus, not to fly too low, less his wings get wet and ruin their lift. Seth states that this is even more dangerous than flying too high and it’s the driving idea in the book that must have been repeated 20-30 times in various stories, case studies and anecdotes.
Seth’s message is most certainly appropriate for my daughter and her generation Y cohort. They are going to have to be very brave and make powerful art that connects billions of people to solve the problems humans have created in the past 200 years of industrialization that threaten our very survival as a species.
The Icarus Deception is about taking risks, finding your passion, leaving the certainty, commoditization and interchangeability of the industrial-age work-style and making art for yourself and your tribe. I felt like Seth had written the book for me, because the model our cohort grew up with was the industrial model.
The biggest problem with the old model is that industrialists, beginning with Henry Ford have created mass production and interchangeability of people and roles and the value of work and compensation has slowly been eroded as work is moved to the point of lowest cost, wherever that may be.
If you don’t buy this then you are obviously disconnected from the plight of the middle-class, who have seen their standard of living steadily erode over the past 10-15 years.
The new model is going to take guts and determination. To make art, connect and build a tribe of followers who will buy your art in the new “connection economy” is not for the faint hearted.
Another strong theme in the book that resonated and will be familiar to readers of Steve Pressfield’s book “Do the Work” is "to ship". To make art you must ship, and this means learning to dance with the "resistance" or “lizard-brain”, that diverts attention from the task at hand in a myriad of uncanny ways and learn to focus your individual creative powers on the task at hand.
When I finished listening to the book, I simply clicked go and listened to it again.
This book is not for everyone, it’s intelligent, brave, urgent and compelling and it’s a wake-up call to a civilization running out of time. I highly recommend it.
You would think someone who wrote the book would know how to read it without stopping 3/4 into a sentence as if it were done. Very distracting. Obviously like any author, he is entitled to his opinion, but he sure comes across as someone who was picked last as a kid and is now making a statement because he can. Also the constant referring to a third person as a female is annoying. What is wrong with saying "he or she"? You definitely don't get a sympathy vote from this female. For as much as he talks about the art of connection, he lost me in the first chapter.
Didn't get there...that says it all
He tries not to be monotonous, and runs into fake tones and artificial stops.
It has som interesting points of view that could have been summarized in a blog.
The idea behind the book is good but it is way toooo long. Seth keeps repeating himself over and over again.
"A Must For Anyone Who Wants Success In Life"
Seth Godin is one of those authors who gets you thinking. The Icarus Deception is all about the shift from the industrial age to the new age of information and tribes. We have been programmed to behave a certain way since our childhood but to succeed in today's economy, we have to think and behave differently.
"Repetative and boring with no real substance."
I cannot think of anyone that would enjoy this book
It is so repetative, constently chanting the same messages, but never once do it explain why the authors statements are correct or true; no facts or practical examples are given. It reminds me of a religious sermon where you need to just believe. It is an interesting theory (that we have all been brainwashed to underachieve), but I find it to be very poorly communicated. Also, the guy has one of the most boring voices I have ever heard.
probably 90% of it, as it repeats itself over and over and over again!
"Amazing book that contains Gold"
This book contains the truth about ourselves and our lives. Truth we may not notice in our everyday lives filled with constant struggle to measure up to the yardsticks given to us by media, society...
This book teaches, how to find capability of making art in everything you do. How to make art, how to not fear of making it.
This book had great influence on my life and I would recommend it to anyone wanting more from life, needing some encouragement, motivation and a permission to do what one was destined to do.
Life is not about complying, but about carving the path, leading the way, being true to oneself. Life is much more than we used to believe.
Again, highly recommended!
No fundamental advice, I couldn't finish the book because it just became irritating. I put on at night if a want to get to sleep.
Its was sold as an inspirational book.....it was far from that. Very philosophical stuff, maybe i missed the point, but this book should not be in the business catogory.
"Great and inspiring writer"
I love this book, bought it recently and has heard it all over about 4 times in 2 weeks. just can't let go of it. Keep the good work, this makes it your second book I have bought.
I am already a motivated individual and listening to this audio book took my focus to another level. The core concept of evolution by pushing past psychological boundaries and the old comfort zone seems obvious at first but the deeper in you get the more powerful Seth Godins message becomes. I loved the direct language and the pace which never seems to slow particularly. I recommend this book to any like minded person i meet. Thank you!!
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