A Call to…’Art’

My very wise, hip and creative 25 year old daughter refers to Seth Godin as the ‘prophet’ for the new age. I have to agree. I’ve been so inspired by his blog and books, Linchpin and Tribes among them, for years. Though his roots are in the world of marketing and business, Seth’s most recent book, The Icarus Deception, is a bold call to arms for all of us to ‘make art’. Art, as he refers to it, is not something we hang on a wall. He defines an artist as “someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo. Art isn’t a result; it’s a journey. Art is what we do when we’re truly alive. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of your heart and soul.” He says art is not a gene or a specific talent, it’s an attitude, available to anyone who has a vision others don’t and the guts to do something about it.

At his hugely entertaining launch of the Icarus Project and V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone at the FIT auditorium on Wednesday he talked about the difference between making a living and making a life. At the outset of his call for all of us to wake up to this new reality we’re living in, he highlighted the importance of SEEING—the need to see things as they really are, to forget the name of the thing you’re seeing, and see the world differently. Being busy is not what matters now.  Being human, vulnerable, taking a leap, and stepping forward despite our fears is what will carry the day.

As Karma would have it, I was the lucky holder of a purple ace, which won the humongous door prize pictured here, a massive compilation of his writings. Thank you Seth.

  • Jeff Romano

    telling the truth – the power of art

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