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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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    Mark D. Campbell 09-15-17
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    "Facile"

    Like author but book disappointing; facile treatment of interesting phenomenon - personal manifesto lacks scope and depth

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    Jorge 09-14-17
    Jorge 09-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Inspiring!"

    I would recommend this title and linchpin to anyone. Gives you the tools and inspiration for inner analysis and the desire to pursue your dreams.

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    08-20-17
    08-20-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Why?"

    Some great concepts. Not a guidebook by any means. But most of all...WHY does he insist on reading his own work?? He's awful. I've heard book reports in middle school read better.

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    Brownrygg 07-19-17
    Brownrygg 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The most important book"

    This is the most important book I've read for entrepreneurs inventors and artists. these words of wisdom will be the foundation for how I move forward in my entrepreneurial Journey.

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    06-04-17
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    "Incredible"

    As an avid reader and eternal student this book has to be one the best books I have ever read. This work supports the artist - the entrepreneur providing genuine original insights which are encouraging and enlightening. Thank you for the wisdom insights and amazing body of work.

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    AJ 04-16-17
    AJ 04-16-17 Member Since 2016
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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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    "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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    5/19/13
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    "Absolutely life changing"

    I have read quite few self development books and something about NLP, but none of them actually changed my perspective and my life like this book. It really opened my eyes and liberated my creativity trapped by guilt and years of strict upbringing.
    I LOVE this book and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to wake up and Live

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  • GeeDubW
    Stansted, UK
    5/2/13
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    "Overly long and repetitious"

    I had high expectations of this book as Seth Godin seems to be held in high reverence. I deliberated whether to purchase this book or his purple Cow book - I think I may have made the wrong decision.

    As I listened and listened I became ever more frustrated. Godin gives us a history lesson about the industrial revolution and mechanisation and the organised management of labour in order to set the scene. All perfectly understandable and relevant to his take on the way we are now and the way he believes we should be.

    Once we get the drift of his take on the way we should be / see ourselves the message is easily understood. What frustrated me was that he then proceeds to say the same thing over and over with only a slight variance on the story.

    The premise of the book in itself is what gives himself and the reader a "get out" clause. If people don't understand you or like what you're doing then that's their fault - you just keep on making art as he calls it. Just believe in what you're doing and everything will eventually be alright.

    That's great but if you don't listen to your customer and keep on delivering things people don't want or need or are willing to buy in to, then there comes a point when reality takes a hold and you may need to have a re-think.

    That stance could well work for Godin and for many others that have already achieved a certain level of success in their personal and business lives. It's the attraction of the masses and the crowd mentality - "if he's doing it, it must be good". read as if Godin wrote it, it must be good.

    My analogy would be to consider a famous artist for example and because of their status / notoriety they will get people to buy even the most ridiculous of things in the name of art. The buyer doesn't need to explain his purchase he just says it's a "Godin" for example. Social acceptance.

    So, whilst what he says does bear true, I don't believe that this theory will be as easy to apply / work for everybody.

    If it wasn't Seth Godin writing this would everybody buy in to it?

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  • Neil
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    "The connection economy"

    Brilliant performance. I love when authors read the books and Seth is one of the best, I've read the book and the audio version is the way to consume this book.

    It builds on the premise that we are entering a new age, gone is the industrial and information economy and now is the time of the connection economy. The way to create connections is through art. To stand up and be counting, to risk failure, to say here I made this.

    This is not a how to book, there are no 8 steps to creating art and win in the new economy. As Seth puts it, he provides a compass not a map.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bergbron, South Africa
    4/14/13
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    "An excellent book"

    I have been reading a lot on leaders of the future and felt this book was really excellent; explaining how what worked in the Industrial Age is not working for us now. The whole idea of " making art" was great and I particularly loved it when the author said if you are looking for the rules to being a leader, you are secretly wishing to be a manager. Definitely a worthwhile read/ listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jedd
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    2/12/13
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    "Life changer"

    The lack of Drama in this book is beautiful, yet it is absolute rocket fuel when it hits. It's had an immediate and profound effect on me, highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tristan
    2/10/15
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    "Classic Seth if a little underwhelming"

    This is a worthwhile book with an argument which will help any reader understand the merits of initiative if they weren't believers before.

    Personally I prefer Godins blog posts which, while covering topics in less detail get to the heart of their topics quickly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • steven
    plymouth, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "too much 'padding out'"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is simply too long and repetitive. Maybe I had high hopes as Seth is undoubtedly a guru and I admire his work but this is stretching out a one hour session into many hours. I persevered as I hate to waste my money and give in, but in reality I gained little after grasping the concept of the Icarus Deception and the few real ‘nuggets’ buried in all the padding. He states himself that critics are simply expressing their own opinion- and that is exactly what this is. It is my opinion is that there are better books out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • charlie
    London, United Kingdom
    2/11/13
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    "buckle up"

    This book came at just the right moment for me. Whilst starting a new venture and feeling the gut-wrenching fragility of the situation, Seth helped carry me through.



    An excellent text for helping you step outside the comfort zone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ShalomMF
    Northern Ireland
    2/2/13
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    "One of the most uplifting books"

    Precisely what I needed to start writing again. Godin understands the shifts in technology, marketing, business etc, but in this book applies it to 'art ' and left me inspired and writing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    7/20/17
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    "Simply the most inspiring book ever written"

    Possibly Seth Godin's most powerful book to changing this world for the better! This world needs more Seth's and he is telling us it's ok to go after our dreams and yes it's ok to fail along the way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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