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how high will you fly

Seth Godin ist eine feste Größe in der amerikanischen Marketing, Entrepreneur und Technology Szene.

‘If Seth Godin didn’t exist, we’d need to invent him’ Fast Company
‘Seth Godin is a demigod on the web, a bestselling author, highly sought-after lecturer, successful entrepreneur, respected pundit and high-profile blogger’ Forbes

Er gilt als  ein Vordenker und sicherlich auch Provokateur. Sein Blog ist legendär.

Das Ikarus Prinzip ist konträr rezipiert worden – was ich immer spannend finde, – wenn Arbeiten polarisieren. Ich habe es sehr gerne gelesen. Es liegt allerdings auch nicht unter meinem Kopfkissen…

Durch das Ikarus Prinzip bin ich zu Steven Pressfield gekommen, von dessen The War of Art
Seth Godin sich hat reichlich inspirieren lassen.

Aus dem Klappentext:

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.