The Ego Is the Enemy

The Ego Is the Enemy

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In The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday introduced tens of thousands of readers to the world of Stoic philosophy. In The Ego is the Enemy, Holiday again delivers practical and inspiring philosophy to people who need it, picking up on a powerful concept that runs back centuries, across borders and schools of thought. Our main impediment in life is not the outside world but ourselves. It's our ego that is our most common enemy. Early in our careers, it can prevent us from learning and developing our talents. When we taste success, ego can blind us to our own faults, alienate us from others and lead to our downfall. In failure, ego is devastating and makes recovery all the more difficult. It is only by identifying our ego, speaking to its desires, and systematically disarming it that we will ever create our best work. In The Ego is the Enemy, Holidaydraws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history to his own experience advising many high-profile clients. Like Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, the book offers a brutally honest portrait of how we let our egos seduce us, and offers valuable advice for how we can overcome them.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio, 2016
ISBN: 9780698192157
069819215X
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc

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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.

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ksully1
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.

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davidyap
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.

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PHILLIP GARY SMITH
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.

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bpatenaude1930
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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