We want to help people to stop settling for small dreams.
The Icarian Sea lies just south of the Greek island of Samos. Legend has it that this is where Icarus died - a victim of his hubris.
His father, Daedalus, was a renowned craftsman. After being banished to prison for sabotaging the work of King Minos, Daedalus created an escape plot, described in the myth we were taught in school.
He fashioned a set of wings for himself and Icarus. After affixing the wings with wax, Daedelus and Icarus set out to escape. Daedalus warned Icarus not to fly too close to the sun. Fascinated with his magical ability to fly, Icarus disobeyed his father and flew too close to the sun. We all know what happened next: The wax melted, and Icarus lost his wings, falling to his death.
The lesson of this myth: Don't disobey authority. Don't disobey your dad. Don't imagine you are better than those in power. And most of all, don't ever believe that you are capable of doing what the Gods do.
The part of the myth that society has worked so hard to keep you from knowing about the myth of Icarus: In addition to telling Icarus not to fly too close to the sun, Daedalus warned his son not to fly too low, too close to the sea, because the water would ruin the lift in his wings.
Over time, society (especially those in power) has altered the myth, encouraging us to forget the dangers of flying too low. We've created a culture where we're constantly reminded about the dangers of standing up, standing out, and forging our own path. Industrialists have demonized hubris, conveniently ignoring a far more fatal sin: settling for small dreams and flying too low.
The risk of flying too low is far greater than the risk of flying too high, because flying too low feels safe. We set the bar low and settle for small dreams, guaranteeing ourselves less than we are really capable of. By flying too low, we do a disservice to ourselves and all those who depend on us or who might benefit from our work.
We're so afraid of shining brightly that we've traded in our very dreams to avoid it.
Our mission at the Icarus Experience is to provide a platform for dreamers to dream big, believe bigger, and fly closer to the sun by doing work that matters.
Braden Orgill is an entrepreneur, writer, and podcaster.
In 2019, he launched his first successful freelancing business, coaching people through the Keto diet and helping them to lose life-changing weight and transform their relationship with food and their bodies. In the span of two years, he coached dozens of people and helped them lose over 2,000 lbs. in combined weight.
After realizing all the joy, freedom, and excitement that doing work he was passionate about and that he was proud of brought to his life, Braden decided to dedicate his life to helping others to do the same.