The Ego Is the Enemy
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 abo
We change our jobs, our ...more
But in the first few pages I was proved wrong. Thank God, I thought, this guy is ev ...more
Instead of insightful, pragmatic advice it felt
more like the petulant rant of a frustrated writer. The tight connections between the historical examples and each chapters point that were so well done in the first book, were lacking. It seemed to me that Mr Holiday was projecting ego or a lack of ego onto many of the characters just to make a point.
Don't bother buying this book ...more
"Ego Is the Enemy" is a series of platitudes, sometimes actually useful, with varying relevance to the overall theme. Ryan Holiday uses "ego" as a substitute for human vice in general, which is probably why the book is so meandering and occasionally preachy. The whole thing seemed like a pep talk he is giving himself in the mirror. I gave it two stars for the inclusion of inte ...more
I fell in love with the introduction to this book. I buzzed with excitement and wholehearted agreement. I blazed through it, I couldn’t agree more with what Holiday was saying.
Then the book began and it was almost an instant struggle to read. Perhaps I didn’t like this book be ...more
2017: 2 stars: I'm entirely unsure why this is getting such glowing reviews. It's fine. It's a perfectly good book. My rating reflects me going in after all the hype, expecting new insights, and finding none. Is the idea of embracing humility and beginner's mind really so refreshing?
Do you think grunt work is for 'small people' and you should always be the one producing 'big ideas' ?
Do you often chalk out grand future plans in your mind without paying due respect to the present ?
Do you tell yourself stories to cover up your faults so that your ego is not hurt ?
Are you passionate to the extent that its a crime to expect anything less than perfection ?
Do you believe you are a 'know all' and ...more
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. Ear ...more
After finishing the book and reading a little about the author, I had a sense that it carried the enthusiastic voice of a fundamentalist preacher, a salesman, or a college football coach at halftime. First of all, he never defines the word "ego," which makes the fundamental interpretation of the book subject to an enormous variety of subjective d ...more
I heard the author discuss the book on EconTalk and I thought I would enjoy it. However, it's more of a self-help book than one where you can really learn new ways to worry less about your ego and find new avenues to grow as a person.
I was looking more for the latter which is why I gave it two stars, though you might like it.
My biggest critique is that Holiday writes this as a book for everyman, but it would be more correct to say that the lessons are targeted to the reader who is at risk due to ego - competitive, high-achieving, perfectionist types who self-promote and aggrandize achievement. This is not a ...more
Review to come ... after I write the two articles that are due. 😅
Ego is something we all know about and are aware of but this book allowed me to study and reflect on my own much deeper. As someone who makes YouTube videos and gets a small measure of public attention, it was an important read and definitely made me aware of some pitfalls to watch out for on my journey.
Most of the messaging around us is a ...more
In a book which allegedly addresses egocentricity, I could not but see the irony with its prelude in which the author talks in length about his achievements! In any case, he proceeds to guarantee an insightful read, merged with insightful historical subtext and a tinge of mythology. Perhaps ...more
Ego is often attached to expectations, how we deserve things and recognition, what we should strive for is to be detached from the outcomes, where the effort is enough and the process is what is important.
But a lot of things were very repetitive and did not seem entirely tied to ego, but anything that seemed bad seemed to be an issue with ego.
I agree ego is of ...more
I realized how much I made EGO-driven decisions in my life.
I wish I had found this book earlier.
To whatever you aspire, EGO is the enemy!
Our culture values almost try to make us dependent on validation, entitled, and ruled by our emotions.
For a generation, parents and teachers have focused on building up everyone’s self-esteem. From there, the themes of our gurus and public figures have been almost exclusively aimed at inspiring, encouraging, and assuring that we ...more