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The Icarus Deception – by Seth Godin: An Unauthorized Discussion Guide

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I only write discussion guides on big books. Not long books, just books that impact me, and change me after I read them. I read Seth's new book, The Icarus Deception, and I now think about art in a …

I only write discussion guides on big books. Not long books, just books that impact me, and change me after I read them. I read Seth's new book, The Icarus Deception, and I now think about art in a new way. I hope you will consider reading this book too, because we are all artists now.

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  • 1. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin – Unauthorized Discussion Guide by Erin L.Albert (erinalbert.com)The Icarus Deception – by Seth Godin20 Questions: An Unauthorized Discussion Guide* - by Erin L. Albert* No, I didn’t ask for permission to write this – but I’m guessing Seth wouldn’t mind, since this might beconsidered art…? I don’t know. I’m hoping he’s cool with it…could be a big fail on my part! But,below are 20ideas/questions/thoughts I pondered as I read the first 168 pages of his new book. Enjoy it and READ. THIS.BOOK!Questions:1. I’ll admit it – I always thought art was just something you hung on a wall orlistened to – but Seth is telling us we all have the ability to create art. What’s yourart?2. Name the top 3 most awesome, fab and spectacular projects you’ve ever workedon. Did you have permission to do them from someone else? Did someone tell youto do or make them, or did you do or make them on your own, without someone elseinstructing you to do so?3. What was the last experimental project you worked on where you said, “Hey—this might not work!”?4. When was the last time you failed?5. Creating and connecting are part of the art—the new safety zone. When and howdid you create and connect in your last big project—at home, at school, at work, orin volunteering?6. Someone once asked (I think it was Tina Seelig…?) if you act like you just workwithin the confines of your job description, or if you act like you have keys to thebuilding and can really build and do whatever you can garner resources for and putaction into at work – which is it? How does art play into this?7. Art and commerce go hand in hand. What was the last art you made that wentinto commerce?-Even better, what is the NEXT art you’re putting into commerce, and howare you experimenting and making it different from the LAST art you made?8. What cruft is holding you back presently, and how can you get rid of it?9. How can we balance conformity and standards, vs. really creative, chaos and art?Is there balance here?-Example: food truck in NYC and all the legal permit problems there, vs. goingto Beijing and buying scorpions on a stick at the night market. Doentire societies have to go overboard on either, or can some harmony exist?
  • 2. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin – Unauthorized Discussion Guide by Erin L.Albert (erinalbert.com)10. If art has no right answer – how do you know what good art is when you see it?Or, is good art just like pornography – hard to describe, but you know it when yousee it? Does art even need to be good, like Seth suggests?11. Take that last project you worked on in your life—at home, at work, for yourcharity of choice – and run it up against the 6 assets that matter (on page 39 of thehardcopy edition of this book). How many of the 6 were obviously in that lastproject?12. Are you living tariki or jiriki (page 47)?13. If your life ended tomorrow as you know it – what would you leave behind thatyou would be missed for in the future?14. Six daily habits for artists on page 82-83 – are you doing them every day?Sometimes? Never?15. Grit as a concept in part three of the book is a problem, especially for womenwith grit, because they get labeled negatively often—how can women especially beencouraged to be grittier?16. I have a lot of kryptonite in my life. What’s your kryptonite, and how can youremain authentic and share your kryptonite?17. If you’re really awesome at something, and you repeat the hits, is it really artanymore? (See Peter Gabriel story on p. 131-2.)18. How are you going to live up to the most important sentence in this book, andwhat deadline are you going to give yourself to get this by on your next project? (Onpage 136.)19. I struggle with John Mayer’s problem on page 141. How can you get yourself tochange this?20. Is the headline on page 168 true of you?

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