Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy

by Ryan Holiday


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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 his­tory. 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 con­quering 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.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591847816
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 15,902
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of many bestselling books including The Obstacle Is the WayEgo Is the EnemyThe Daily Stoic; and the #1 New York Times bestseller Stillness Is the Key. His books have been translated into over 30 languages and read by over two million people worldwide. He lives outside Austin, Texas, with his family.

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Ego Is the Enemy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being an 8th grade student, I wanted to get away from my fiction genre and read something that relates to what my teacher is teaching me. Her lessons are very revolved arounf philosophy and we recently learned about ego, id, ans superego. This book while a little confusing at times, really introduced me to another genre i thought was stupid as a child. Although I do not see myself reading another book like this on my own free will, I will consider it a nice bedside story to read.
JakeReedAz 12 months ago
Holiday challenges us to look inside and overcome our demons. Specifically, the demon of our own ego. He draws us outward; away from all the noise and distraction of a world that is constantly drawing us in. In a world where everything is supposed to be about us and what we want, Holiday dares us to kill our ego and begin to exhibit resilience and humility.