- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Portfolio (June 14 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591847818
- ISBN-13: 978-1591847816
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.3 x 18.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Customer Reviews: 1,840 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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—Steven Pressfield, author of the New York Times bestseller The War of Art
“The comedian Bill Hicks said the world was tainted with fevered egos. In Ego Is The Enemy, Ryan Holiday writes us all a prescription: humility. This book is packed with stories and quotes that will help you get out of your own way. Whether you’re starting out or starting over, you’ll find something to steal here.”
—Austin Kleon, author of the New York Times bestseller Steal Like An Artist
"This is a book I want every athlete, aspiring leader, entrepreneur, thinker and doer to read. Ryan Holiday is one of the most promising young writers of his generation."
—George Raveling, Hall of Fame Basketball coach, Nike’s Director of International Basketball
"I see the toxic vanity of ego at play every day and it never ceases to amaze me how often it wrecks promising creative endeavors. Read this book before it wrecks you or the projects and people you love. Consider it as urgently as you do a proper workout regimen and eating right. Ryan’s insights are priceless."
—Marc Ecko, founder of Ecko Unltd and Complex
"I don't have many rules in life, but one I never break is: If Ryan Holiday writes a book, I read it as soon as I can get my hands on it."
—Brian Koppelman, screenwriter and director, Rounders, Ocean’s Thirteen and Billions
“In his new book Ryan Holiday attacks the greatest obstacle to mastery and true success in life—our insatiable ego. In an inspiring yet practical way, he teaches us how to manage and tame this beast within us so that we can focus on what really matters—producing the best work possible.”
—Robert Greene, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Mastery
“We’re often told that to achieve success, we need confidence. With refreshing candor, Ryan Holiday challenges that assumption, highlighting how we can earn confidence by pursuing something bigger than our own success.”
—Adam Grant, author of the New York Times bestsellers Originals and Give and Take
“Once again Ryan Holiday has laid down the gauntlet for readers willing to challenge themselves with the tough questions of our time. Every reader will find truths that are pertinent to each of our lives. Ego can be the enemy if we are unarmed with the cautionary insights of history, scripture, and philosophy. As was said to St. Augustine more than a thousand years ago, 'pick it up and read'; for to not do so is to allow the enemy to bring despair.”
—Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of HLN’s “Dr. Drew On Call” and “Love Line”
"In this day in age where everyone seeks instant gratification, the idea of success is skewed - many believing the road to their goals is a linear path. As a former professional athlete I can tell you that the road is anything but linear. In fact it is one that consists of twists, turns, and ups and downs—it requires you to put your head down and put in the work. Ryan Holiday hits the nail on the head with this book, reminding us that the real success is in the journey and learning process. I only wish I had this gem as a reference during my playing days.”
—Lori Lindsey, former U.S. Women’s National Team soccer player
“Philosophy has gotten a bad rap, but Ryan Holiday is restoring it to its rightful place in our lives. This book—packed with unforgettable stories, strategies, and lessons—is perfect for anyone who strives to do and accomplish. It's no exaggeration to say that, after finishing it, you'll never open your laptop and sit down to work the same way again.”
—Jimmy Soni, former managing editor of Huffington Post and author of Rome's Last Citizen
“I would like to rip out every page and use them as wallpaper so I could be reminded constantly of the humility and work it takes to truly succeed. In the margins of my copy, I have scrawled the same message over and over—'pre-Gold.' Reading this inspiring book brought back me back to the humility and work ethic it took to win the Olympics.”
—Chandra Crawford, Olympic Gold Medalist
"What a valuable book for those in positions of authority! It has made me a better judge."
—The Honorable Frederic Block, United States District Judge and author of Disrobed
“It's rare that I finish a book then immediately reread it, this time with a yellow marker in hand…I can't recommend this book highly enough.”
—Kevin Rose, entrepreneur and technology investor
"Forget yourself and focus on the work. Be humble and persistent. Value discipline and results, not passion and confidence. Be lesser, do more. This message is crucial, but the opposite of almost every other book. I wish everyone would read this. I need to re-read it each year. It's that important."
—Derek Sivers, author of Anything You Want
About the Author
RYAN HOLIDAY is a bestselling author and media strategist. He dropped out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, and later served as the director of marketing for American Apparel. His company, Brass Check, has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex, as well as many prominent bestselling authors. Holiday has written several other books, including The Obstacle Is the Way, which has been translated into twenty languages and has a cult following among NFL coaches, world-class athletes, TV personalities, political leaders, and others around the world. He lives on a small ranch outside Austin, Texas. Visit www.RyanHoliday.net.
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It also helps identify ego in others...and has been very useful for me in it.
I like it as much as I like the 48 Laws of Power and can be seen as an addendum to the law of knowing who you're dealing with and avoiding the prideful.
I took 1 star off because even though Ryan addresses many instances where ego is the issue, sometimes there is not a solid advice on how to prevent it from happening. He kinda leaves it open so you can interpret each chapter for yourself.
Overall very good book.
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It makes you feel resentful and angry, like your boss isn't recognising your greatness. That eats you up inside and only makes you upset and stressed all the time.
Instead, Holiday teaches you the lesson, through many stories and examples, that you'll actually feel better and perform better by recognising your ego, catching when it tries to rear its ugly head, and focusing on what you can do for others instead.
This book has had an immeasurably positive impact on my life. I work harder and generally feel much happier in everyday life. Thank you Ryan.
Second, it goes on and on about some peripheral characters from American history without mentioning many much more relevant people who tackled and defeated the ego throughout history.
Third, nicely wrapped up between the lines, still gives an impression that success is to "make it big" a.k.a. the American dream. It just needs to be done tactically and with patience, that is pretty much the main advice.
Fourth, politics again. I was wondering when I would read something against the Russian President Vladimir Putin. It came on page 146. Of course!
Final: anyone serious about stoicism and philosophy in general will find this book rather silly. I regret the paper it was printed on and am currently using the book to level a table in the garage. Fits perfectly.
I first read this 4 years ago following my brother's strong recommendation. As a result, I have aimed to be more 'balanced'- a concept I am still trying to understand- which has meant at work keeping more calm under the body when dealing with stressful situations and being more grateful for every day things.
But it also has made me less driven- which upon reflection today- I am not sure is particularly good.
There is a case for passion (though the book states passion is retarded). Passion helps wake me up in the morning- see that there are struggles ahead- but part of this is to drive myself really hard- and with this persistence sometimes my best solutions come (for example when writing essays- I often discard idea after idea until one is reached not through being balanced but by real struggle). Perhaps one of the best things in life is to solve a problem that you initially thought was difficult- and that is through really applying yourself and believing you can do this (whether you can or not). Sometimes it really does help to build one's confidence by telling yourself- by really going for whatever activity (being able to drive) with raw power and doing whatever you can- then you are able to master the problem. You can do this!
Also- perhaps to think in each moment in life whether one is doing the most balanced thing- is paralyzing. Rather than doing the thing you love, letting this take you wherever, and end up in a new spontaneous place? This level of balance sounds soul sucking. And I have felt this.
My first impression of Ego is the enemy is that the book is near flawless. But over time, as well as seeing the most recent film of Little Women- has really shifted this. in Little Women, the main character is extremely passionate about writing- and I think it is that which is part of the beauty of the character- and in addition that passion I feel must have contributed to her great plays.
What I think now is one rather has enthusiasm than none at all. Perhaps I might choose passion over balance- but the best formula may be that driving passion occasionally being tempered by other values.
Looking forward to your comments
Broken into three section - aspiration; success; and failure - each of these are then broken into six to eight short chapters where each is a lesson. Each one I couldn’t help myself from stopping to take notes and underline quotes. There so much in here.
It also just made me feel good. All the anguish you feel about pressures evaporated when I saw how silly some of the things I think and ways I feel are.
If you’re wondering why only four stars? A lot of the references were American that aren’t known so well outside of America so they didn’t work for me. Just a small thing.
For a non-fiction book, it's surprisingly unpractical and non-scientific. This would be my biggest criticism.
Yet I would recommend it to those who want to be inspired to keep doing great work and to hang in there, even though gratification and rewards still might be miles away. For me, it's less of a book I need to read front to back to grasp the concepts, but more of a book I can pick up whenever I need a small hit of inspiration.
Auf Grundlage der Philosophie der Stoa (das klassische Nachschlagwerk hierfür wäre Marcus Aurelius' Meditations) bringt Ryan Holiday uns in Ego is the Enemy bei, wie wir, egal in welcher Lebenslage,
- Ablenkungen vermeiden und uns auf das Wesentliche im Leben konzentrieren
- Egoismus durch wahres Selbstbewusstsein ersetzen
- die Erwartungen anderer und unseren Ruf bedeutungslos machen
- Verluste, Zwickmühlen und Fehlschläge besser wegstecken und in positive Energie umwandeln
- effektiver und effizienter arbeiten
- in heiklen Situationen, ob persönlich oder im Business, einen kühlen Kopf bewahren und die richtigen Entscheidungen treffen
- Genuss und Dankbarkeit an den kleinen Dingen im Leben finden
- eine gelassene, selbstbewusste und handlungsfähige Persönlichkeit entwickeln
Ihr werdet bessere Menschen werden, und dadurch mehr Anerkennung bekommen...
...Glücklicherweise wird euch diese dann ziemlich egal sein. :-)
While the topic of 'Ego' can be explained in many which ways, I am very impressed by the manner in which the Author Ryan Holiday addresses this very subjective issue:
- The breadth of the quotes, references, and anecdotes of real people is really my greatest learning from this book. Benjamin Franklin, Steinbeck, Genghis Khan, Degas, Aristotle, Bezos, Eisenhower, Angela Merkel, Jim Collins, Marcus Aurelius all make grand appearances in this great book!
- The Latin phrases I learned are impactful and very educative!
- The introspection of the subject is gut-wrenching. It's all true...
- The peculiar cases of Howard Huges, Diogenes, Lyndon Johnson are very enlightening.
It is written in brilliant prose with engaging metaphors, stories and quotes from philosophers and thinkers. Perhaps. There is nothing new in this book - but the way it is brought together is innovative and compelling.
It is a challenging read - not in that it is difficult to read, quite the opposite - but in its challenge to ones thinking and behaviour.
I will read this again and again.
My sincere thanks to the author for an inspirational read!
i think this book could have been more in depth, i would look at it at some sort of introduction into a world not ruled by the ego.
definitely recommend it tho!