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
    Apr 22, 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...

  • Quinn Cottrell
    Jun 12, 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • Danielle
    Jul 19, 2016

    It was a struggle to make it through this book, which is a shame because this is a concept that I can really get behind. "Ego Is the Enemy" is a series of platitudes, sometimes actually useful, with v...

  • Ivan Goh
    Jul 06, 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...

  • Mohammad
    Jan 24, 2017

    غرور دشمن ماست. منظور از غرور اینجا باور به اهمیت بیش از حد خومونه، همون بچه ی شرور و تخسی که در وجود هر آدمی هست...

  • Simon Eskildsen
    Jun 29, 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...

  • Vance
    Jul 20, 2016

    Ego can certainly be your enemy. It's important to remain humble while being confident in your daily activities. I heard the author discuss the book on EconTalk and I thought I would enjoy it. However...

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