"While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their images 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)
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I love the way this book was broken down. Great quotes and examples by a thoughtful, articulate author who staves off hubris. Essentially it's nice to get helpful examples on life improvement from someone who gets it, but still stumbles. Great stuff. Audio extra w Tim Ferris was a great addition. Well worth the credit.
It's a short and tasteful listen.
Ryan's clear pronunciation and calm demeanor make this a very relaxing audiobook. Ryan has the ability to painstakingly break down very complex ideas to the point where I can understand them. With that being said, Ryan's book will certainly cause me to reevaluate many of the actions I have taken in the past while simultaneously making me take a second look at the actions I take moving forward.
This is not a self help book, as Ryan states in the start of the book, but the values and morals behind this audiobook certainly lends ideas that can be directly applied to your everyday life, similar to a self help book.
Thank you Ryan for such a great experience.
I've already listened to it twice, I have the hardcover and I'm going to listen it again and again over the years. The lessons in this book are in the forefront of my mind and I've already seen errors in my thinking and decisions based in satisfying ego and have made corrections
If you have an open mind, get this book!
If you have a strong ego, you need this book but it will do nothing for you. I hope you prove me wrong
Ryan holiday tells you like it is whether you want to hear it or not. In this book he accurately, through storytelling and examples, tells us how we sometimes are our worst enemies when we can not realize truth. Ego can be dangerous and this book does a great job of presenting why to be wary.
this book provides an amazing array of anecdotes and advice for pushing ego aside in favor of a dispassionate view of reality. our society parts us on the back so much that we all believe we are the best, and we kill ourselves getting to prove it. instead, take a step back and realize how much you still need to grow, and take the time to do the growing.
I bought both. Audio for first quick listen. Print to re-read and underline.
The writing is so tight - illustrations so curated - and principles so universal that I think of the author as a modern day philosopher, that people actually care to read.
This book is UNIQUE among others on the topic, but...
I compare this AUTHOR to: Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Robert Greene and Stephen Pressfield.
After listening to Ryan narrate "The Obstacle Is The Way" his voice really brings it to life in a unique way. I loved "Ego" for the same reason.
I like how his super young voice sounds reading his super-wise words.
Defined Ego in a fresh way and demonstrated how it has held back people throughout the ages. It gave me hope that Ego can be overcome and showed success stories of those who did just that.
The book has a great message that everyone ought to hear, especially since we live in a world with social media and the power to craft your self-image and story. It's helped me out a lot in the way I view myself, and I've already noticed things about my behavior I could change to keep my ego under control.
Unfortunately the performance is incredibly dull and unprofessional. He mumbles, he speaks too quickly, he's monotone, and overall he sounds like a robot reciting words on a page rather than trying to tell a story. This is a prime example of how to not narrate an audiobook. Halfway through I was dying to just get to the end because I didn't want to listen to his boring voice anymore. The sad thing is that in the closing interview portion with Tim Ferris, you can hear Ryan Holiday speak with a natural conversational tone and a sense of fervor that isn't present in his audiobook performance. Ryan Holiday, if you're reading this, the next time you narrate an audiobook, try reading it as though you're speaking to a friend.
I think I'll pick up a copy of the book because I did enjoy the content, and it's enough to save this audiobook.
This is a well written and narrated book that every young professional should read. The author uses both historical and modern day examples to reinforce ideas that contradict what is betrayed in the media. I plan to pickup the print copy as well.
This book is not my usual fare, but when I heard about it on The Joe Rogan Experience, I decided to give it a shot. 6 hours of listening for $10, what was there to lose? It was absolutely worth it. I think most of us know several people in our lives who would benifit from reading Ego is the Enemy, but the person who needs it most may just be you!
Very sobering book. Wise and real. Can't recommend it enough especially for self help junkies!
"Succinct and profound"
Ryan has done an awesome job of curating and interpreting some of history's greatest lessons in a series of digestible anecdotes.
Highly recommended reading/listening for anybody looking for guidance in a professional or personal capacity.
"Ego will start being my friend"
Incredible journey through my ego! He still talks sometimes but practicing what's on this book makes us more aware and eventually happier. Great listen!
"Don't be put off by the title!"
I was initially put off Ryan's book due to the title - I think it can be very counter productive to wage a war against aspects of our psychology and framing them as the enemy. I think it's better to see them as fragmented sick parts which need healing. However once I got into this book it was absolutely amazing. I've been doing self work for some time but this book exposed egoic patterns I had previously been unaware of running in myself and for this reason was an uncomfortable read at times but so worth it. I loved Ryan's previous book 'The Obstacle is the Way' which is equally amazing and helpful (I recently re-read this to help me through some big changes at my job - I even got additional copies to hand to colleagues to help them with this). I'm very excited to see what Ryan comes up with next and wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of these books to anyone who is interested in living a fuller, more rewarding, and relaxing life.
"well researched and presented"
Accessible take on the perils of ego, good use of historical quotes and principles underpin a useful read
"I was looking for clarification"
I can not fault what is said here. I feel it's only scratching the surface of the ego. the book can only show you how to manage the ego but not understand the ego. perhaps I have a different view of what the ego involves. ego is not my word for 'it' so nobody can be wrong. I feel this book covers the output of the ego if it is indeed an 'entity' as i feel it is indirectly defined in the book. I say, What is acheivable by one for the 'better', requires accomoadation from another. where there is competition, there is the ego weather aware of it or not. An ego must exist for a failing or distracting anti-ego to exist, but thats my own insight. Cheers Ryan for the efforts, much appreciated.
Brilliantly insightful from a man of relatively young years. Big hat tip to Ryan. Major respect for this much needed excellent piece of work. May it influence many young leaders of the future. Looking fwd to his next book.
"By far my favourite author."
Ryan Holiday is by far my most favourite author, he is young yet so knowledgable.
This book, although I've not yet completed, is a great listen.
This book and Ryan's previous one talk about subjects that really matter for a better life and a better world in general.
Ego is the Enemy explains how ego, although society and politicians live it, is actually a big trap in the long run.
"Superb reading !!"
It got me present to my ego for sure !!
Buy this book .. I thought I'd had it under control but nope I guess not ;)
"Some good stuff but..."
Lots of quotes and personal stories, but really nothing practical for the reader to deal with our ever present egos...
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