Just when I think Seth Godin can’t get any more awesome, he goes and writes an incredible inspiring book like The Icarus Deception.
While most of the lessons in the book can apply to anyone and everyone with a job or a business, I feel it particularly strikes home with the entrepreneurial artist. The reason being that the one of the main points Godin makes is our need to pick ourselves.
We are a part of a new, connection economy. We have the tools available to not have to rely on anyone else to choose us. We don’t need a television show host to give us permission to make our art, or even a famous blogger. All we have to do is pick ourselves.
The reason picking ourselves is so scary is due to our innate shame. We are afraid of the ding to our pride that will happen if [when] we fail. We won’t be able to point the finger at our agent, record label, publisher, or network. We will only have ourselves to blame. It’s safer not to try, safer to be invisible, safer to fly low.
I agree with Seth down to the last word. Real art is only being created when there is that risk of shame. The risk of our pride being hurt if and when we fail. It’s not art if you keep it hidden, it’s only art if you dare to make an impact with it. Dare to show it another person. “Here, I made this,” is a scary statement. But the more we say it, the more we fail and try again, the better our art becomes.