The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?
by Seth Godin
Some of you may already be familiar with Seth Godin and his blog or other writing. In case you haven’t heard of him, though, I definitely want to give you a heads up, and his new book is a great way to kickstart the new year.
I just started reading it yesterday and I already have found so much insight and inspiration from it I want to share it with anyone who dreams of daring to try something different or bold – whether it be art, a life change, or a new approach to the way you do business.
In this book, Seth Godin discusses the Icarus myth – you know, the one about the guy who builds wings, flies too close to the sun, and comes crashing down to his death on earth. Lesson: listen to your elders and don’t fly too high. Well, Godin argues that what is forgotten from that myth is that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low. Flying too low is even more dangerous because it feels deceptively safe. From there, Godin issues a call for courage and art (broadly defined) and explains both how to move forward and why it is so necessary in this modern time, when technology is fundamentally changing societal needs and the way we interact.
If you’ve ever done anything bold in your life, this book will feel like vindication. Whether you have or not, though, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? will spur you on to do more bold things, to seize new ground, make connections with people and ideas, and to work without a map.