How high will you fly?

Seth Godin’s inspirational manifestos always hit the spot and The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? is no exception.

Sure, some, if not all, of the ideas in this book are variations of what he has said elsewhere, but it’s always good to revisit them. I should probably reread one Godin book each month or so. I like the 14 stories at the end of the book about various people who picked themselves and pursued their type of art even at the cost of stable jobs.

Here are some of my favorite things from the book:

“The resistance is a symptom you’re on the right track. The resistance is not something to be avoided; it’s something to seek out. That’s the single most important sentence in this book.”

Habits of Successful Artists:

Learn to sell what you’ve made.
Say thank you in writing.
Speak in public.
Fail often.
See the world as it is.
Make predictions.
Teach others.
Write daily.
Connect others.
Lead a tribe.

Six Daily Habits for Artists:

Sit alone; sit quietly
Learning something new without any apparent benefit.
Ask individuals for bold feedback; ignore what you hear from the crowd.
Spend time encouraging other artists.
Teach, with the intent of making change.
Ship something that you created.

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