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Ego is the Enemy

2016 . Business & Economics, Motivational, Self-help, Motivational & Inspirational, Personal Growth . Ryan Holiday

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48 total

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46K total

About the book

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The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller "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."

Year:

2016

Language:

English

Publisher:

Penguin

Pages:

226

ISBN:

1591847818 (ISBN13: 9781591847816)

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Reviews

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Jean-Baptiste Rieu image

5 days ago

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This came at the right time for me. Too early and I would have shelved it as the usual self-help non-sense. Too late and I would have missed an opportunity to feel better. I read this right after receiving some justified but unpleasant feedback. And it helped me move forward. Now I see lots of my actions and the others through that question: "Are we doing this just to please our ego?" Took it as a meditation book; not an action plan.

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Chandrakanth M

1 month ago

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Ryan Holiday covers the major aspects for personal development arguing that our ego ultimately prevents us from being the best we can be. Some key aspects from the book: - Ego is recognition without work - Always there is more to learn - Aspiration without action is nothing - Failure is part of the life - Some tips: — +,-,= Surround with these people — Be purposeful don’t be passionate — Be a student and stay a student — Get out of your own mind — Swallow your pride — Find perfect balance — Detach yourself from outcome — Maintain your own scorecard

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Mie Skjodt

10 months 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

1 year 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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Juni Cortez

6 months ago

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Super helpful 👍🏻

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Swapnil Datta

7 months ago

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Fantastic

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Samuel Msengi

8 months ago

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Fantastic

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smith walker

8 months ago

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Nice

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