Ego is the Enemy

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Penguin, 2016 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 226 pages
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The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller

"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."

 

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After reading The Obstacle is the Way, I decided to read this most recent work by Ryan Holiday. While the way some of the snippets of biographical histories have been used as examples could be ... Read full review

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This book will make you reflect on your life and probe into your personality. It certainly has made me think about my actions - past and on going. I no longer portray my certificates in my cubicle ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION l
1
ASPIRE
13
TALK TALK TALK
23
TO BE OR TO DOP
29
BECOME A STUDENT
36
DoNT BE PASSIONATE
44
FOLLOW THE CANVAS STRATEGY
51
RESTRAIN YOURSELF
59
WHATs IMPORTANT TO YOUP
114
ENTITLEMENT CONTROL AND PARANOIA
120
MANAGING YOURSELF
126
BEWARE THE DISEASE OF ME
132
MEDITATE ON THE IMMENSITY
138
MAINTAIN YOUR SOBRIETY
144
FOR WHAT OFTEN COMES NEXT EGO
150
FAILURE
157

GET OUT OF YOUR OWN HEAD
66
THE DANGER OF EARLY PRIDE
73
WORK WORK WORK
79
FOR EVERYTHING THAT COMES NEXT EGO
85
ALWAYS STAY A STUDENT
101
DONT TELL YOURSELF A STORY
107
E TIME OR DEAD TIME?
175
FIGHT CLUB MOMENTS
182
DRAW THE LINE
188
MAINTAIN YOUR OWN SCORECARD
195
For EveRYTHING THAT COMES NExT EGO
208
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RYAN HOLIDAY is the bestselling author of Trust Me, I'm Lying; The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy; Conspiracy and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. His work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared everywhere from the New York Times to Fast Company. His company, Brass Check, has advised brands such as Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as multiplatinum musicians and some of the biggest authors in the world. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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