What I loved
This book preaches a message that I feel is very important, and that is, in this relatively new connection and information age the possibility to express yourself through your art form, whatever that may be, is limitless. No longer does the writer need to be chosen to be published, the musician to be chosen to be exposed, or the dancer chosen to be on Broadway in order to express him/herself. You choose yourself, you manage yourself, an then you run with it.
The author doesn't limit the definition of art to the traditional forms of it either. This new way of working can be applied to industrialize jobs as well. The idea is, at least from what I gathered, to think outside the box, offer something new, avoid chasing the leader down his path, but instead forge your own. Act with a reckless abandon for the outcome in an effort to step outside of the rigid boundaries set up for us an bring something new, original an artistic to the world. Something that is a true expression of you. This book explores all of this, and finds many interesting an exciting ways to resonate this message with his reader.
What I Didn't Love
Throughout the book I kept feeling like the information was very general. It was sometimes very difficult to envision his message applied to the real world. He does say himself though that this book refuses to offer a road map, and I understand that the information needs to be general to apply to everyone's unique talents an abilities. There are also some examples of people 'flying high' an 'making art' in industrial and traditionally artistic settings at the end of the book, which is a great help in visualizing the information applied. This is a very small gripe, which does get reconcile for me at the end.
Overall I really enjoyed the book, and I absolutely recommend it to you if you feel like you have something more to offer the world than you are currently, or if you have that itch to bring something uniquely artistic to the table that only you can offer.
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin was brought to my attention a couple months ago after seeing it circulating around online. I just received the book two ays ago an finishe it in two sittings. I usually have a fairly short attention span, so this is a goo indication of what I thought of this book.
The story of Icarus is one you may be familiar with. In short, he was given a set of wings by his father, and told not to fly too high, because if so the sun would melt the wax in his wings an he would fall to his death.
The part of the story that is generally left out is that his father also told him not to fly too low, because the salty water would also ruin his wings. Well, Icarus flew too high, the sun melted his wings an he fell into the sea an ultimately to his death.
This book explores how society has tried to deceive us into flying low, an avoiding the hot sun. How in the industrial age the comfort and safety zone were aligned in a way that fitting in, staying under the radar, and conforming was what was necessary.
However, with the dawn of the connection economy it is now possible an even necessary to bring something unique to the table, to NOT fit in, an to realign our comfort zone with the new safety zone offered by this new economy, which happens to be much closer to the sun.