The Icarus Deception as it Relates to Trading


“They promised trinkets and prizes and possibly riches if you would just suck it up and be part of the system, if you would merely do what you were told and conform.”

- Seth Godin

I’m not really sure what anyone else thinks, but I’m thrilled with the way that my posts based on Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art are progressing. The book has provided me with a guide for walking through the different aspects of trading and how to view it as an art form.

Because I am so happy with the way those posts are going, it is now time to start another series exploring my other favorite book, which is Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception.

While this quote is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the book is concerned, it’s a hell of a start. Throughout the book, Seth will discuss how to treat your work like art. It’s very similar to what Pressfield writes about, yet at the same time it’s completely different.

With all of that said, the reason for my trading, this blog, my side jobs, and pretty much everything else I do is that I never bought in to the bullshit they promised me in high school and college. Fuck that noise.

I don’t want to be a “company man.” I don’t want to spend my entire life working towards a gold watch retirement that never actually arrives. Like my man Mox said in Varsity Blues, “I don’t want your life.”

I want to take control of my own life. For better or worse, I’m in charge here. Not some mystical force or evil corporation. I’m the boss. Don’t fuck with me.

Are you in?

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