Seth Godin: "We're Flying Too Low"

The video below is taken from an interview that Motley Fool analyst Brendan Byrnes recently had with Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception. Godin is also a talented public speaker, marketing guru, blogger, entrepreneur, and respected thought leader.

Seth's forward-thinking and contrarian views are critical considerations for finding success in life, business, and investing.

It's the same approach our own chief investment officer, Andy Cross, took when selecting The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2013. I invite you to uncover his market-beating thinking in this new free report. Just click here now for instant access. 

Transcript: 

Brendan Byrnes: Transitioning to the book, why did you call it The Icarus Deception? What's the story there?

Seth Godin: Lots of schoolkids know the story of Icarus. They've been told it.

All myths are true. They're not true in the sense that there were people flying around. They're true in the sense that they're about our best selves. But the myth that we're told in school, "Don't fly too close to the sun or your wax will melt and you'll die," isn't the original myth.

The original myth, from the 1500s, the 1700s, from any book you read of mythology until 1850, Daedalus says to Icarus, "Don't fly too high, but more important, don't fly too low. If you fly too low, the waves will weigh you down and you will perish."

I think we're guilty of flying too low. I think we've built this unbelievable, connected economy, this infrastructure, and yet we're all sitting around playing silly games, watching cat videos and day trading when we could be doing something really important and risky, and things that matter. That's what I want to see happen.

link


Read/Post Comments (0) | Recommend This Article (2)

Comments from our Foolish Readers

Help us keep this a respectfully Foolish area! This is a place for our readers to discuss, debate, and learn more about the Foolish investing topic you read about above. Help us keep it clean and safe. If you believe a comment is abusive or otherwise violates our Fool's Rules, please report it via the Report this Comment Report this Comment icon found on every comment.

Be the first one to comment on this article.

DocumentId: 2284964, ~/Articles/ArticleHandler.aspx, 7/31/2014 9:09:47 PM

Report This Comment

Use this area to report a comment that you believe is in violation of the community guidelines. Our team will review the entry and take any appropriate action.

Sending report...


Advertisement