Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy

Book - 2016
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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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Portfolio, Penguin,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781591847816
Characteristics: xxv, 226 pages ; 19 cm


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Nov 18, 2017

Stoic philosophy linked to fine examples of the concepts in practice. Very great and a book I will read again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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