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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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    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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    Jackson 05-02-15
    Jackson 05-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A simple answer is hard to disregard."

    I was heaved into a world 34 yrs ago that made little sense to me. Not perplexing every answer was given. None ever satisfied. Preventing destructive governance by destroying satisfied me enough. It fit well with my own self destructive outlook. I found a new world hidden 4yrs past. Fascination flooded over me. I found my inner artist. I have used painting (canvas, clothing indoors and out) landscaping, home repair/ remodeling... In different ways of expressing my new passionate world. All are great connectors. This perception pushed me to renewed zeal and excitement. To have someone describe why this world is in its current state and what is being offered to us. Creation is a act of love and the micro image of god. I accept the views challenge and passion placed forward by such a wonderful heart and mind as I perceive. I will enjoy this book narration and lecture many more times. Thank you Sire! Mr. Godin I see the god in you! Thank you for your connections.

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    BillLampert 04-29-15
    BillLampert 04-29-15 Listener Since 2003
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    "Another Gem From Seth!"

    Great story-telling from Seth Godin. Insightful ideas told as only Seth can. Make sure you add this to your collection.

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    M. Hurley Chicago, IL USA 04-27-15
    M. Hurley Chicago, IL USA 04-27-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Classic Art"

    My second listen. It gets better every time. Godin reading is a treat. Challenging the notion of what is uncomfortable.

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    Brennan Stehling Milwaukee, WI USA 04-21-15
    Brennan Stehling Milwaukee, WI USA 04-21-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Good food for thought"

    Many useful points helped me see things differently. Seth Godin has a way of digging deep into thoughts in the back of our minds but don't always take time to explore.

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    T. Pur 03-29-15
    T. Pur 03-29-15
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    "Good book."

    I liked Seth's other books better, such as Purple Cow, Tribes, and Linchpin. However, this book has a good perspective as to staying too comfortable and not taking the necessary risks to be an impresario.

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