Flying Too Low

I’m almost done with the book The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin. I figured I would like the book, since I am a huge fan of Seth. What I didn’t expect, however, is just how infuriated this book would make me – infuriated with myself for flying too low for too long now. So I decided that it’s time to do something about it.

First, a quick attempt to summarize the book…it is about the new economy – the connection economy – and how it does not reward the safe, ladder climbing, corporate obedience that has been put into our heads by what is left from the industrial revolution. Instead, the connection economy rewards artists. Artists, not in the traditional sense, but artists: those who make something original for a specific audience, who dare to create without a map. Seth articulates again and again that art is meaningless unless it is shared. This is perhaps the most difficult part! It requires vulnerability – you are forced to open yourself to criticism, to the resistance of society, to everyone telling you that your art is worthless and to just go back to safety – the status quo.

So on March 12, I am going to share my art at Show Your Work at Carnegie Library. I’ll be giving a short presentation on my software product, incruiter. I am about 70% to my MVP (Minimum Viable Product) and plan to, well, show my work! I’ll write a separate post soon that summarizes incruiter, for anyone curious.

I’m considering this my first step towards a goal of flying high – after all, the real danger is not in flying too high, it’s in flying too low. And putting my art out there is scary. Uncomfortable. But I’m giving it a go.

Note: My disjointed summary did not do this book justice. Check it a good summary of it here, which is where I first read about it and what ultimately made me decide to buy it.

So, what do you think ?