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The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?

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In Seth Godin’s most inspiring book yet, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art. Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun. But he ignored that warning and plunged to his doom. We’ve retold this myth, and many others like it, to generations of kids. All these stories have the same ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Portfolio (first published 2012)
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J.F. Penn
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: entrepreneur
I was part of Seth's Kickstarter so I bought this early, and reading is has totally fired me up to commit to creating and sharing my own art.

There were many parts of the book that resonated with me, but in combination with Steven Pressfield's Turning Pro, the message is really to pick yourself, and persist at the practice of creation.
“Creating art is a habit, one that we practice daily or hourly until we get good at it … Art isn’t about the rush of victory that comes from being picked. Nor doe
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Jason Riemens
Feb 26, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Seth Godin book and I was very excited to listen to it. But, it was painful torture and I did not enjoy it in the slightest. I found its content and direction to not only be off-putting but potentially dangerous. While I am certainly one who likes to do things differently and am eccentric at times, Seth's tautological reference to "art" in this book almost drove me mad. And at a minimum, it was maddening. I felt that there was a lack of creativity in Seth not using a different ...more
Todd Sattersten
Jan 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Seth writes books for his tribe. If you are not in the tribe, you might say that Linchpin or Poke The Box covered the same territory and you would be right. If you are in the tribe, you'll gladly pick up this next title (or spend $120 on Kickstarter to get a whole box of books).

In this new book, Seth pushes much harder on how many stories and cultural myths reinforce playing it safe. "Don't fall too close to the sun." Don't step outside the norm. Don't challenge the system. He makes a convincing
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Perry
Mar 14, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: verlaten
Gimme a B! Gimme an S!

Here's a question you must answer before buying this book if your boss hasn't required you to do so!

Have you ever read a book by Seth Godin?

The man has made a business empire out of turning common maxims and everyday common sense into several lightweight books full of inspirational RAH RAH that sensually arouses Human Resource managers in mid- to large-size firms into putting out....
....big money for in-house seminars and supplying employees with every new book he has publ
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Emma Sea
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this when it was released, and it's still good advice. I just bought a copy to send to my daughter.
Ben Love
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read the pre-release ebook when Seth made it available over Thanksgiving on timebx. The the physical book arrived and I chewed my way through that too. Then the audiobook was released at the start of the year and I just finished that. Listen to the audiobook... to hear Seth convey his work is the best way to understand his intent.
The book is a Linchpin The Second. If you read and lived out Seth's best previous work, this is deeper plea and a some calibration until a little over half way
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Ray Edwards
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
At first I was irritated by this book. I am accustomed to being Seth's cheerleader in everything he writes. This time, I found myself thinking, numerous times, "that's not true."

Then I found myself getting angry because of something he wrote.

As I pressed forward in the book, I realized what was happening. It was something that happens to me with very few books these days. I was being challenged to think.

While I don't agree with his every single conclusion, I do agree with most of what's in this
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Dan
just received my copy today & cant put it down. Thanks Seth, for writing it specifically for me.
I've also read a number of the reviews, only a couple of which were negative. To those, i say "you've missed the point".
If you were looking for something more than was in book, Seth's premise is "Good, go write it yourself - be brave, be bold, and stretch yourself".
If you didnt get it, you might (perhaps) still be a 'cog'. Thats not neccessarily a bad thing, unless you dont want to be a cog anymor
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Phil Beardmore
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"We're not looking for the correct method, we're looking for the incorrect method".

This quote from Keith Richards sums up the philosophy of this book. Creators, innovators, artists are all people who don't seek other people's approval to ask "what if?" They know that "this might not work" but the excitement of finding out is what drives them forward. They don't mind that what they create has rough edges - the rough edges are the entire point.

I won this book in a Twitter competition organised by
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Philip
May 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Godin’s work points to the need for artists (he paints with a broad brush on this term) to create and work without boundaries. This book points out the oppressive nature of industrialization on creativity. Godin encourages his readers to think less about how to make money and more about how to make what makes them happy. I think this book is valuable for those who are trying to stretch their wings, but it is a little less than genuine at points. Godin makes the point that the industrialists are ...more
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Seth Godin is a bestselling author, entrepreneur and agent of change.

Godin is author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world, and he is also a renowned speaker. He was recently chosen as one of 21 Speakers for the Next Century by Successful Meetings and is consistently rated among the very best speakers by the audiences he addresses.

Seth was founder and CEO of Yoyodyne, the indust
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