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Ego Is the Enemy

2016 . Non-fiction, Self Help, Philosophy . Ryan Holiday

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Everyone

About the book

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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. The Ego is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history. We meet fascinating figures like Howard Hughes, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, all of whom reached the highest levels of power and success by conquering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well. But why should we bother fighting ego in an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion?  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.”

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Portfolio

Pages:

226

ISBN:

1591847818 (ISBN13: 9781591847816)

Reviews

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Mie Skjodt image

2 weeks ago

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When I asked my Instagram for personal favorite book, this one was the one most suggested. Definitely does not disappoint and I highly recommend.

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Missy Moser

6 months ago

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I don’t know if I found a more important read during a time when the country is being run by a Narcissistic sociopath, to read a book like this about why it’s unhelpful. If you love history lessons— mixed with stoicism and practical advice, this book is for you!

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