Ego Is the Enemy by 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
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.”

From the Hardcover edition.

About Ryan Holiday

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RYAN HOLIDAY is a media strategist whose clients have included bestselling authors Tucker Max and Robert Greene, several multiplatinum musicians, and fashion provocateur Dov Charney. As the director of marketing at American Apparel, he crafted some of the company's most successful product launches and controversial online advertising campaigns.
Published June 14, 2016 by Portfolio. 247 pages
Genres: Self Help, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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For author Holiday (The Obstacle Is the Way), the definition of "ego" is an unhealthy belief in one's own importance. It is when self-confidence becomes arrogance or obstinacy and threatens to undo all past accomplishments. In this w

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