Saturday, January 26, 2013

It's okay to try and touch the sun

January 2013 Book Review

The Icarus Deception

Seth Godin

Godin is definitely on a recent kick for shedding our industrialized culture hangover. He contends that this culture holds people back from creative and innovative thinking and action. I tend to agree with him. Godin’s books definitely read with passion and always find a way to inspire and motivate. In this latest installment he points out the importance of ignoring myths and stories that discourage us from trying to fly higher, achieve greater heights and take a chance at creating art. The book lost a little steam in the second half, but it’s still a great read.

Here are a few of the better passages and quotes from the book:

“It’s far more dangerous to fly too low than too high, because it feels safe to fly low."

“…the ideas are not enough without commitment. They’re not enough because strategy is empty without change, empty without passion, and empty without people willing to confront the void.”

“They are about standing out, not fitting in, about inventing, not duplicating.”

“Management is almost diametrically opposed to leadership.”
“And just as important, it’s vital that we acknowledge that we can unteach bravery and creativity and initiative. And that we have been doing just that.”

“Correct is fine, but it is better to be interesting.”

“Someone with grit will grind down the opposition, stand up in the face of criticism, and consistently do what’s right for their art. Mostly, they mess up the machine.”

"The resistance is not something to be avoided; it’s something to seek out.”

“Keep doing it until you art gets better or you get fired, whichever happens first.”

“The successes are about the privilege of doing more work, not about winning.”

The Fightin' Analyst Book Rating:

out of five stars