“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
Fools use tomorrow. Wise use today.
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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“If you’re the kind of person who has no guts, you just give up every time life pushes you. If you’re that kind of person, you’ll live all your life playing it safe, doing the right things, saving yourself for something that never happens. Then, you die a boring old man.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad
“Action always beats inaction.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad
“Often in the real world, it’s not the smart who get ahead, but the bold.” ~ Robert Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad
“We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
…And the dreams and values that King stood for
that we mustn’t forget.
Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech“ on August 28, 1963 from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in front of 250,000 civil rights supporters . During the opening of his speech, King made a reference to the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed millions of slaves in 1863, and said, “one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” It has been a little more than fifty years since then and what I challenge you to do as you read the following is compare King’s vision for the future with the world as you know it today.
“The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.” ~ Buddha
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