Ego Is the Enemy

By (author)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

“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.”

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