The Icarus Deception

Posted on by Adam Garcia

My friends Uli and Alec Cohen (who just moved to NYC, miss you guys) put me onto the book The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin.  In it, Seth describes the idea of what an "artist" is, in a very contemporary sense of the term, where "art" isn't a talent or a disposition, but an attitude and outlook on connecting with life and others. One of my favorite morsels are his thoughts on 6 things that an artist should do every day:

+ Sit alone; Sit quietly
+ Learn something everyday that has no apparent practical benefit
+ Encourage other artists
+ Ask individuals for bold feedback; Ignore the crowd
+ Teach with the intention of facilitating change
+ Ship something you create

Another thing he discusses are the ideas of "Pride and Disobedience." That being, the pride of creation and the disobedience of disrupting the status quo. 


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