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Publisher's Summary

This is a summary of Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday.

Original book description:

"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)

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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  • Brian
  • Palm Springs, CA
  • 10-24-17

Ego is the Enemy

This audiobook summary is an excellent compliment to the full-version of Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday. I just recently began immersing myself in Stoicism-related philosophy and it's incredible to me how these thousand-year old concepts are still so applicable today.

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Short & sweet

This is an excellent summary of the key points in a very interesting book. I really appreciate the summaries because I have often found that business books have too much fluff.

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Cliches are the Enemy

The advice doesn't seem novel or grounded in emerpircism but more like a bunch of mish mashed platitudes. I didn't really find what I was looking for here.

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Narrator is abismal

Sorry... just didn’t click with this narrator... enunciation and emphasis were sick... hope the reading is better

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Protect your ego, don't buy this review!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

No one. As a review for a "self-help" book, the biggest help to you potential readers is to ignore.

Would you ever listen to anything by FlashBooks Book Summaries again?

No, never. Insipid trash.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator was fine, content was lame.

Any additional comments?

I realize this was only $2.76, but it was honestly one of the worst purchases I have made on Audible. This "review" company strikes me as being a scam. AVOID!!!

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  • John-Paul M.
  • 04-28-18

A good summary but light on actionable takeaways

While the key takeaways and talking points are touched on in this summary the reviewer has stopped short of giving actionable examples which would have translated the takeaways into practical actions.