The Icarus Deception

The Icarus Deception from Squarespace on Vimeo.

The commonly understood moral of the story of Icarus is to play it safe, to obey authority. Don’t fly too close to the sun. In his new book, The Icarus Deception, Seth Godin makes the case for forging your own path, pushing beyond what is expected, and connecting with other humans by making your art–whatever it may be. Amen.

This lovely and inspiring short was made possible by the amazing folks at Squarespace and created by the talented Jaeger Sloan crew.

8 Comments leave a comment below

  1. What a great and inspiring video. Thank you for this! <3
    Now I need to go get this book.

  2. Well my summer reading list just got a book longer… Fortunately we’re not even halfway through summer in Australia.

  3. A great video to start this year right! Looking forward to reading the book.

  4. thanks Tina. yes well done video. we had a Icarus deception meetup here in Atlanta, dynamic and vibrant group of folks+their art. met at http://www.newtricks.com.

    On another note: love your blog and especially am glad you started creative mornings, Blake Howard,does a amazing job with our Atlanta events.

  5. perfect timing to share this video….i am just about to make a huge step and open my own business. …..i am scared stiff but things like this just push me forward ….thanks for sharing

  6. some days i find myself starting my gratitude prayer after seeing a post from your blog… Tina – thank you for posting this lovely presentation from Seth Godin. I will seek, and find and venture out with fear present and pressing me forward.

  7. I’ll have to read the book, but this doesn’t sound like the best allegory to illustrate forging new paths.

    My interpretation of Icarus was that he lost sight of his goals, ignored advice, and was eventually defeated due to overconfidence. Icarus was inventive, however his success was derailed by hubris.

    If anything, young people would benefit from consulting their elders, and continually absorbing and building on the knowledge of the previous generation. More importantly, they should be able visualize a path to their own success, and stick to it.

  8. Whenever I see these videos that are so full of promise, my question is always, “What if I don’t have passion?”

    I do a TON of things, but I couldn’t begin to tell you what I’m passionate about. I always feel lost after seeing something like this… I guess there’s some of us out there that just designed for mediocrity.

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