Ego Is the Enemy
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Ego Is the Enemy


“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.”

Title:Ego Is the Enemy
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:226 pages

    Ego Is the Enemy Reviews

  • Joo Fernandes
    May 31, 2016

    Everybody who knows me knows that I am a big fan of Ryan’s work. But when I read that his new book was about ego I got a bit fearful for him. I’ve read many, many books that approach this same the...

  • Lucas Carlson
    Jun 02, 2016

    This book is absolutely full of amazing anecdotes loosely tied together in three sections: Aspire, Success, and Failure. If you are looking for inspiration to get you through a pit of despair, and can...

  • Lusius
    Jun 03, 2016

    “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 ind...

  • Josh Steimle
    Jun 26, 2016

    I don't have any tattoos and never will, but I can easily understand why Ryan Holiday has "Ego is the Enemy" tattooed on one forearm, and the title of his last book "The Obstacle is the Way" tattooed ...

  • Ivan Goh
    Jul 09, 2016

    As a millennial myself, I see too many people around me drift by life wondering if there's any purpose to life. We are all delusional in a sense that we literally think the world should revolve around...

  • Quinn Cottrell
    Jun 16, 2016

    I really liked Ryan's previous book, 'The Obstacle Is The Way". This book was so bad I couldn't even finish reading it. Instead of insightful, pragmatic advice it feltmore like the petulant rant of a ...

  • Simon Eskildsen
    Jul 14, 2016

    Ego Is The Enemy starts off with a strong testament: The type of people who tend to succeed early, tend to be the same kind of people who are in danger of ego taking the predominant voice in their act...

  • Laura Leaney
    Sep 10, 2016

    An excellent reminder that none of us is the center of the universe. A little humility will not make us a doormat but it just might allow us a more powerful future. There's quotable inspiration on eve...

  • Alex Strick van Linschoten
    Jun 19, 2016

    Maybe 3.5. I'm always left a little disappointed by Ryan Holiday's books. The promise is huge but the payoff is less than expected. Nevertheless, there was a lot in this book that I found useful, even...

  • Dave Applegate
    Oct 07, 2016

    Holiday does a stellar job explaining what ego is and why it interferes with success & happiness in an easy to understand and actionable way. I started working on my internal dialogue, how I think of ...

About Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday

Ryan Holiday is media strategist for notorious clients like Tucker Max and Dov Charney. After dropping out of college at 19 to apprentice under the strategist Robert Greene, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multi-platinum musicians. He is the Director of Marketing at American Apparel, where his work in advertising was internationally known. His strategies are used as case studies