“Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking. ” ~ William B. Sprague
“If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. ” ~ Napoleon Hill
“Take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly, and try another. But by all means, try something.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” ~ Jim Rohn
“You don’t make art after you become an artist. You become an artist by ceaselessly making art.” ~ Seth Godin, The Icarus Deception
“Complaining is stupid. Either act or forget.” ~ Stefan Sagmeister
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The Icarus Deception
By Seth Godin
Book Overview: In Seth Godin’s most inspiring book, he challenges readers to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art. Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. It was the perfect propaganda for the industrial economy. What boss wouldn’t want employees to believe that obedience and conformity are the keys to success? But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe. The safety zone has moved. Conformity no longer leads to comfort. But the good news is that creativity is scarce and more valuable than ever. So is choosing to do something unpredictable and brave: Make art. Being an artist isn’t a genetic disposition or a specific talent. It’s an attitude we can all adopt. It’s a hunger to seize new ground, make connections, and work without a map. If you do those things you’re an artist, no matter what it says on your business card. Godin shows us how it’s possible and convinces us why it’s essential. Click here for more info!
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