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The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? | [Seth Godin]

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

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.
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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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    Aurora 07-30-13
    Aurora 07-30-13
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    "The author is a horrible reader"
    What would have made The Icarus Deception better?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Didn't get there...that says it all


    What didn’t you like about Seth Godin’s performance?

    He tries not to be monotonous, and runs into fake tones and artificial stops.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It has som interesting points of view that could have been summarized in a blog.


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    Amazon Customer Zürich, Switzerland 07-24-13
    Amazon Customer Zürich, Switzerland 07-24-13
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    "Nice but way tooooooo long!"
    Any additional comments?

    The idea behind the book is good but it is way toooo long. Seth keeps repeating himself over and over again.

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    Judy CARLSBAD, CA, United States 05-10-13
    Judy CARLSBAD, CA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about The Icarus Deception?

    Seth Godin is a genius and knows how to read the tea leaves on the wall. Then he puts it together masterfully. Made me think quite a bit and if some portions do not apply to my life now, they did in the past and know I will benefit from his words in the future.


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    Travis United States 05-05-13
    Travis United States 05-05-13 Member Since 2013

    Husband/Dad/Son/Brother/Friend and Companion to my Dog Sheena! Love all things leadership, contemplative & introspective considerations, and organic growth.

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    "Engaged the entire book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Icarus Deception to be better than the print version?

    Yes... Hearing Seth read his own material adds the right tone and considerations for given aspects of the material.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book kept me engaged the entire time. I looked forward to my 45 minute commute to and from work so I could listen to more. I believe totally in the foundation and premise of his position. There were great metaphors and stories to go along with each point. I will likely read this again. I also recommended to both my wife and my daughter.


    What does Seth Godin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    As noted above, the right tone and inflection can make all the difference ein the world. I was particularly appreciative of his book and even more appreciative of him reading it to me. I really connected with the book, the stories, and the main concept he offered.


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

    Yes


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    Kim 04-15-13
    Kim 04-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Seth Godin at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I absolutely loved this gem of a book. It came at the perfect time when I was contemplating scary work and waiting for someone to give me permission to do it. It's happening now and Seth's thinking was a major catalyst. Another recommendation is Seth's Startup Business School podcast (free) - also brilliant! I'm listening to it for a second time. You can find it in iTunes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Icarus Deception?

    Its all great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't understand other reviews that complained about the speed of Seth's narration - I thought it was perfect?

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    Mike Henry Sr. 03-27-13
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    "Great Godin!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Icarus Deception the most enjoyable?

    This is an instant classic by Seth Godin. I've been a huge fan ever since Tribes. This book will challenge you and make you think. Must listen!


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    Rajesh Norcross, GA, United States 03-20-13
    Rajesh Norcross, GA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2005
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    "This book is a work of Art!"
    What did you love best about The Icarus Deception?

    I have listened to all of Seth Godin's book and have to say this one is my favorite. It appeals to the artists in all of us and reminds us that you too can create art. A great book for business people, musicians, bloggers, writers and anyone who would like to create something for the sake of creation.


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    Jeff Topeka, KS, United States 03-18-13
    Jeff Topeka, KS, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A regurgitation of his other books"
    What did you like best about The Icarus Deception? What did you like least?

    I love Seth Godin - my favorite author. Tribes...Linchpin...Purple Cow...Free Prize inside...Meatball Sundae...love all of his books and own all of the recordings.

    Like another reviewer...20 minutes into it I had to shut it off.

    #1 - His voice ... I LIKE the fact that he reads his books...it adds to it. In this recording, he is flat - has no enthusiasm and is almost whispering. It will lull you to sleep.

    #2 - We've heard all of this stuff before from him. It's good stuff, but it's freshman year 101 Seth Godin material. I was expecting master's level material since he felt another book warranted.

    I am bored with it and will move on. The rest of his books are OUTSTANDING, however.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Seth Godin? Why or why not?

    His books are the best out there. This one is a stinker.


    What aspect of Seth Godin’s performance would you have changed?

    He is whispering.


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    Amazon Customer CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-05-13
    Amazon Customer CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 03-05-13
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    "Inspiring ideas read by the author himself"
    What made the experience of listening to The Icarus Deception the most enjoyable?

    The concepts were profound and motivating, and hearing them from the man himself made the experience seem special.


    What about Seth Godin’s performance did you like?

    Clear and pleasant voice, as well as his carefully tempered passion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Seth said something like "I'm trying to get under your skin" to compel listeners to get off their butts and create art. At that moment, I realized he had achieved his goal.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important book for anyone who dreams of quitting their day job and living their own life. Thanks Seth!

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    Marc Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-04-13
    Marc Kailua-Kona, HI, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "The Life Creative"

    A good meditation on the shift of paradigm the world is going through. Sort of a Hot, Flat, and Crowded from the perspective of creativity. Of course, those who are most creative have always pushed the edge of change in every field, Godin joins the chorus of voices pointing out that that is one of the most valuable qualities to have in the information age and throws down the gauntlet for the life creative.

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    "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!

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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Icarus Deception?

    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.


    What could Seth Godin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


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  • Amazon Customer
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    4/13/13
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    "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.

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    NORTHAMPTON, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Extremely inspirational!!!"

    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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