Originally posted on TED Blog:
Icarus is a mythological character with incredible staying power. Everyone knows his story — his dad made him wings to help him escape the minotaur’s labyrinth, and warned him not to fly too close to the sun lest his wings melt. Amazed to be flying, however, Icarus didn’t listen and tumbled into the ocean. It’s the classic tale of hubris.
In his new book, The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?, marketing master Seth Godin shares why he thinks this story is manipulative — because it’s all about obedience and reminding us of the dangers of getting too big for our britches. But Godin asks: why should our most valuable skill be our ability to follow orders? And why shouldn’t we fly really high? In The Icarus Deception, Godin calls for us to think and act boldly. He asks us to go about our work as if it were art — with the idea of “good enough” far from our minds.
As one Amazon reviewer puts it, “It’s not a book that you lay back with in the recliner and ponder, but never act on. Far from it: It’s more like a philosophical splash in the face, guaranteed to wake you up and get you moving.”