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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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    Andy 01-21-15
    Andy 01-21-15
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    "LOVED EVERY BIT... A MUST LISTEN FOR EVERYONE!!!!"

    I will be listening to this throughout my entire life... it spoke to me... I recommend this gem to everyone... AWESOME!!!! Andy

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    Sarah 01-11-15
    Sarah 01-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    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.

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    Lewis A. Soltis 12-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Understand your life, talent, work, ideas as art"
    What did you love best about The Icarus Deception?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seth is not reading his story. He's speaking to me about how I can change how I look at everything that I do.


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

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Michael NY, NY, United States 10-02-13
    Michael NY, NY, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It really talked to me."
    Would you listen to The Icarus Deception again? Why?

    Likely, and Ive recommended it to everyone.


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

    It's equal to Good to Great


    What about Seth Godin’s performance did you like?

    He talks well?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ask better questions


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    TLStudio 09-12-13
    TLStudio 09-12-13
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    "Terrible Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Buy the physical book not the Audible version because the narration is terrible.


    If you’ve listened to books by Seth Godin before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Someone needs to tell Seth Godin that he is not the best person to narrate his own books and then hire a better narrator.


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    Mark Gibson Bay Area, San Francisco 08-27-13
    Mark Gibson Bay Area, San Francisco 08-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Author, consultant and thought-leader on problems at intersection of sales and marketing

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    "Powerful Messages for Humans and Humanity"
    Where does The Icarus Deception rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the top 5 audiobooks


    What about Seth Godin’s performance did you like?

    A plus that Seth reads it himself.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book has a very strong message which Seth hammers home many times.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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!"
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    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 05-10-13
    Judy 05-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    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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