Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy

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""While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." --from the prologue Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back. Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­ tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­ quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well. In an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. Armed with the lessons in this book, as Holiday writes, "you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you've set out to achieve.""-- Provided by publisher.
""While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I've found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition." --from the prologue"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Portfolio, Penguin, [2016]
ISBN: 9781591847816
Characteristics: xxv, 226 pages ; 19 cm


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Nov 21, 2018

Ego is constantly trying to build up and take over your life. You must contain it as it has no great benefit for you. Ego is selfish and not in anyway that will even help you. One way to overcome your Ego is to play your part in life, not your story. When you live for your story, you are living for yourself, your own gains and nothing else. When you live to just play your part and do what you have to do and only focus on that, you are playing your part for the world, as a team player, as just a part in this existence. This is non ego and takes all the pressures off your problems and negativity. You will achieve a ton more this way and life will open up magically.

Oct 29, 2018

Ego Is The Enemy is without a doubt one of the best books I've read in 2018. Ryan Holiday does an amazing job making a case for why ego will cause you to self-sabotage and ultimately leads you no where. I loved reading about the success and failures of lesser known figures throughout history, as well as more popular people as well. Because it's a library book, I couldn't highlight the gems this book contains; but I definitely took notes in my journal. This book is truly special (and very insightful too!) and deserves all the praise it receives.

Apr 03, 2018

so much knowledge. bought book.

Nov 18, 2017

Stoic philosophy linked to fine examples of the concepts in practice. Very great and a book I will read again.

SCL_Justin Jul 08, 2017

Holiday takes inspiration from stoicism and business-people and artists to show how the problems facing the reader are all about ego and thinking as people we deserve anything in this life.

I didn't disagree with a lot of what he said, but it was very obvious this is a writer who has only had well-off white dude problems. Just accepting things and taking your licks is fine for people who are supported by the system that wants them to succeed (eg well-off white dudes in capitalism) but terrible advice for people who are getting trampled by the status quo.

This is a book designed to stave off the revolution, not change the world.

Mar 07, 2017

I wasn't able to get into this book. In the forward, the author asks, who is he to write a book about ego? He's right, he's not especially insightful or even far enough removed from the personal crisis that sparked the book to understand all of it's effects. It's written by a successful guy who had a bad year, and wrote a collection of other people's experiences with egoism that helped him through his professional hardship. Even the forward feels egotistic. It reminds me of an 80's style self help book about how to gain professional success. It's not a general observation on ego, or reflective on egoism as a whole. If you're looking for something that's more interested in the state of egoism on yourself and society, this is an ancedotal pit stop that you might enjoy before moving onto something less self-involved.

Feb 09, 2017

A good enlightening book that teaches us that through any phases in life; Beginnings, Thriving and Failing, the concept of EGO is their to play havoc on oneself. We need to stay humble, continuously learn from mistakes and and consciously set your own priorities and definition of what is success. By staying a student throughout life and being aware of your emotions of ego, in self-preservationn and in protecting your self-esteem, you can suppress your ego in the betterment of improving yourself and seeing more clearly.

Sep 25, 2016

The lessons I learned from the first 66 pages of "Ego is the Enemy" provided so much value to me that I turned in my library copy and bought my own. Each page offers insights and lesssons that I can apply right now to my passions.

Sep 06, 2016

Couldn't get into this book. I don't think it is an interesting read and what I did read, I was left with very little insight. Read about half of it before I decided to give up on it and return it.


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Sep 17, 2019

Who knows what you're currently doing. Hopefully it's not a prison term, even if it might feel like it. Maybe you're sitting in a remedial high school class, maybe you're on hold, maybe it's a trial separation, maybe you're making smoothies while you save up money, maybe you're stuck waiting out a contract or a tour of duty. Maybe this situation is one totally of your own making, or perhaps it's just bad luck.

In life, we all get stuck with dead time. Its occurrence isn't in our control. Its use, on the other hand, is.

(Holiday 174)

Dec 27, 2018

Do your work. Do it well. Then 'let go and let God'. That's all there needs to be.


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