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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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    JOHN W FISHER JR 01-22-16
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    "This is a once in a lifetime book"

    Read this book as if your life as a human and artist depended on it. Find you place - fund your art - live your gifts. Fly as high as you possibly can.

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    David Wilson 01-13-16
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    "Inspirational"

    This is the first Seth Godin book I've read, and I now understand why he's so popular. This is an insightful perspective on a new paradigm of work in what he terms the connection economy. Seth challenges you to find your art, face your fears, ship it and continue to do still until you succeed.

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    Laura Fisher 11-20-15
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    "If everything is "art", then the term becomes meaningless."

    I really want to like Seth Godin. He draws you in with a good idea, but then it all descends into vapidity and repetition so quickly. I think his short blog posts are terrific, but they just don't scale into a book.

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    Kevin Conroy 11-03-15

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    "This is the book book started me blogging"

    Seth Godin knows how to make you reflect on your situation and think of strategies to help you achieve your next art project. And for that, I thank him.

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    "Enlightening information but a weird pace"

    Serh Godin is a master in making us think. But his pace and rhythm while talking can throw people off. This book is a great way to break with the established system and create a new, fresh way of connecting with people. Read it.

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    Duwarren G. 07-28-15
    Duwarren G. 07-28-15
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    "The reader's tone"

    I rather read the book than listen to this book. The speakers tone has no excitement and dual. It's make the book boring.

    However, the content of the book is excellent.

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    Ted Yoder 07-27-15
    Ted Yoder 07-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great content, mediocre production"

    Seth Godin is Seth Godin and its worth every penny. The audio on here was hard to listen to though. EQ was not right and it gave ear fatigue. Just being honest.

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    PMRisher 07-18-15
    PMRisher 07-18-15

    Mother. Grandmother. Elder. Sentinel. Serious Mentor. Veteran Advocate. Retired General. Geek & nerd. Christ-center & Spirit-led.

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    "A Disturbing Book - and That Isn't All Bad"
    What did you love best about The Icarus Deception?

    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.


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


    What three words best describe Seth Godin’s voice?

    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.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Evgeniy Shevchuk Moscow, Russia 06-29-15
    Evgeniy Shevchuk Moscow, Russia 06-29-15
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    "Extremely boring and very superfluous stuff"

    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.

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    Ryan PT Youtuber 05-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "My favorite since linchpin"

    Of all the books seth godin had written, linchpin and this book, icarus deception are the best. Similar message, but with a different emphasis.

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