Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

Ever read a book that was insanely relate-able?

This happened with Ryan Holidays ‘Ego Is The Enemy’. Although it was a 200+ page book, it was a relatively rapid read. So rapid that I read again soon after completing it. I don’t do that often but I felt compelled to re-read Holidays work within a day after finishing.

The main theme as you can tell by the title is relaying a powerful message that the ego is the enemy. The ego as Holiday describes it is ” an unhealthy belief in our own importance”. Throughout the book Holiday recounts the story of historical figures and how ego either helped or harmed him/her. He also hammers the notion that one should be humble, focused and always be in student mode.

He splits the book into three stages, Aspire, Failure & Success. Holiday describes how ego is the enemy when we aspire to be something and achieve greats things, how ego is the enemy when you fail and yes…you will fail and finally how ego is the enemy when you succeed and reach the high point.

Ego Is The Enemy has emerged to be one of the best books I’ve read. Everything Holiday is saying is exactly what I need to hear, especially at this time in my life. I was in the middle of reading another book but had to put that on hold because I did not want to disturb the flow I had gotten into with this piece of work.

This book helped me reinforce certain habits. It helped me understand how I’ve certainly gotten in my own way in the past. I was able to reflect and think about how ego played a role in the outcome of situations I was involved in.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone looking for a dose of realness.

“Humble in our aspirations. Gracious in our success. Resilient in our failures.”
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