Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday|Book Review - $6.66


Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent. Kindle Edition.

By Ryan Holiday (Author)


Hello, My name is Maria and today we’re talking about “Ego is the enemy” by Ryan Holiday.


The first point I’d like to talk about is to be or to do.

Our ego is associated with our to be.


What we want to be seen as, the values we want people to think we embody.

To do on the other hand is the actions, what we actually do.


A lot of times they’re not aligned.

The image we often pursue is one that makes us compromise our actions.


So we feel like we want to be a certain person, and in order to be that person we actually have to change our actions and those actions then are no longer aligned with what we set out to do in the first place.


And this goes back to finding our purpose and using it as the guiding light in all the decisions we make, whether that be in our personal life or in business.


Speaking of purpose, this brings me to my second point purpose is better than passion.


Now according to Holiday, purpose and realism are key to personal and professional success.


We’ve often heard that we have to be passionate about what we do and that’s true.

However, Holiday believes that our passion can actually blind us.


He sees purpose as being passion with boundaries and realism as being detachment and perspective.

If we’re able to have a purpose and be realistic about what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, that is more likely to lead to success in any part of your life.


We’ve all met people that are dreamers and have these big bold ideas of what they want to do but that’s not going to help anybody get to where they want to be.


Realism on the other hand and the ability to look at the situation objectively will more likely lead us to success because we’re not caught up in the clouds of what we want to do and how great it’s going to be.


We’re actually being practical and I find that very interesting and inspiring, the idea of not being a dreamer but being a realist.


Some things are not realistic and if you have the purpose and the drive perhaps you can achieve it but being objective and understanding what it actually takes to achieve success in any part of your life will help you understand if you actually want to pursue that idea or that goal in your life.


Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday

Now, let’s go over some of the positives and who I think should be reading this book.


One thing I love about this book is that the chapters are quite short and that allows you to read on the go and actually pick something up that might make you question certain things you held to be true in the past.


Another thing that I really like about this book is that Holiday essentially gives you mini history lessons.


Holiday uses various historical figures from around the globe and from various time periods to illustrate his point of how ego has impacted people’s lives.


Who should read this book?


If you’re somebody who is currently in a sort of life crisis and reflecting on your life and what your purpose is and what you should be doing, I think this book will definitely help you.


And if you’re a leader of an organization or a club or if you’re a coach of some sort.


I definitely think this book is great for you because it will show you how have to balance your ego and also how to deal with other people’s egos.


That’s it, that’s my book review of “Ego is the enemy” by Ryan Holiday.


If you want more information on the author, or you want to see what I talked about here in a written format, please head over to my blog


Next week I’ll be back with another book review, but until then keep reading and keep learning!

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