Ego Is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday

Ego Is the Enemy

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date: 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 483 Ratings


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 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.”



  • Incredible.

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  • Ego is the Enemy

    By Uncle Doobs
    Incredible book full of wisdom and real life examples of the messages it is trying to deliver. It spoke to me on multiple levels and will remain by my bedside (with The Obstacle is the Way) forever. I have already given copies of a few on my team at work who I think will benefit from it. The whole team will receive a copy at our off-site retreat in November.
  • Just Great

    By Sep7ime
    Definitely going on the list of my all time favorites.
  • Must read

    By Dilan Jay
    I never leave comments, but this is a must read.
  • Must Read

    By Curt_Magurt
    Just what I needed. This books speaks to me that will likely change my life. Salute to Ryan Holiday.
  • The Mirror

    By Mark D. Johnson
    This book allowed me to have a guide to self reflection. It helped me understand things I may have not understood about myself. I share excerpts from the book every chance I get.
  • Just what my ego needed

    By EnzoDunzo
    I always knew I had an ego, but I didn't call It that, I called it confidence. This booked came into my life at a perfect time, before I lost everything and everyone close to me. Wish I would have found it earlier though. Better late than never right? :)
  • Dangerously therapeutic

    By Kifah Semaan
    The first chapters of this book were uncomfortable to read. Ryan seems to have placed a magnifying glass on your soul as he combs through its intricate insecurities. Eventually, you realize it's your ego fighting back in denial. As you read through, a framework for managing the enemy emerges and you walk away better equipped for what lies ahead. The more uncomfortable you are reading this book, the more you need it.
  • Absolutely Amazing!

    By Donald Poland
    This book provides insight into the human psyche that most of us wouldn’t dare to ponder. Truly incredible, especially if you’re seeking for constant self-improvement.