Welcome to the
Icarus Session
What does Icarus
have to do with anything?
• According to Godin, the
concept relates to
conformity, risk, failure, and
arr...
The Story
• The message of
Icarus’s tale is that if
you don’t follow
instructions, and you
take chances because
you think ...
The “Deception”

• The story doesn’t
need to end with
the failure.
What did people talk about?
• vulnerabilities – personal and social
– Choosing to be real
– Reinventing themselves in coll...
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  • SETH GODIN has written fourteen books that have been translated into more than thirty languages. Every one has been a bestseller. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything.American Way Magazine calls him, "America's Greatest Marketer," and his blog is perhaps the most popular in the world written by a single individual.
  • In Greek mythology, Icarus is the son of the master craftsman Daedalus. The main story told about Icarus is his attempt to escape from Crete by means of wings that his father constructed from feathers and wax. Daedalus fashioned two pairs of wings out of wax and feathers for himself and his son. Daedalus tried his wings first, but before taking off from the island, warned his son not to fly too close to the sun, nor too close to the sea, but to follow his path of flight. Overcome by the giddiness that flying lent him, Icarus soared through the sky curiously, but in the process he came too close to the sun, which melted the wax. Icarus kept flapping his wings but soon realized that he had no feathers left and that he was only flapping his bare arms, and so Icarus fell into the sea in the area which today bears his name, the Icarian Sea near Icaria, an island southwest of Samos.[3][4][5]
  • The lesson to learn is in the failure itself, and the learning and moving forward from it.
  • People at our Icarus Session shared all kinds of vulnerabilities – personal and social. They talked of chances taken, not out of greedy pride, but out of curiosity, determination, and intention. And we all recognized that to make anything happen on our own, takes a degree of bravery in embarking into the unknown.
  • When you bring together a group of people who are asked to make themselves vulnerable in front of others—to talk about their endeavors, risks, or processes of creation, experimentation or discovery—a lot of inspiration, encouragement and curiosity rise to the surface.
  • Icarsus session presentation

    1. 1. Welcome to the Icarus Session
    2. 2. What does Icarus have to do with anything? • According to Godin, the concept relates to conformity, risk, failure, and arrogance. • flying low prevents you from authentically expressing who you are The Lament for Icarus by H. J. Draper
    3. 3. The Story • The message of Icarus’s tale is that if you don’t follow instructions, and you take chances because you think the risks (or the rules) don’t apply to you, then you fail. End of story.
    4. 4. The “Deception” • The story doesn’t need to end with the failure.
    5. 5. What did people talk about? • vulnerabilities – personal and social – Choosing to be real – Reinventing themselves in college • chances taken, not out of greedy pride, but out of curiosity, determination, and intention – Class mechanical project – Creative writing • recognition that to make anything happen on our own, takes a degree of bravery in embarking into the unknown – Future plans

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