I'm reading a fun, inspiring book given to me by a friend. The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin is a quick read, and one that packs a lot of punch. The book came to me at a providential time, the launch of Ocean Planet Publishing.
In Greek mythology, Icarus, the son of Daedalus, was warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun, else his wings would melt. Overcome by the power of flight, Icarus ignored his father and flew too close to the sun. His wings melted and he fell to the sea. Over ambition and over confidence kills, the myth teaches us. Follow directions. Stay on course. Do what you're told.
The Icarus Deception seeks to debunk this myth. No longer does it work to play it safe, stay in your comfort zone, keep your head down, and stay out of the sun.
We need to connect in real and meaningful ways. We need to challenge our comfort zones, put our egos on the line, make a difference, risk failure, and create art. Godin advises that the new truth is that it's better to be sorry than safe.
Maybe there's something to that. After all, the Icarian Sea was named after our precocious hero, Icarus.