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.
But why should we bother fighting ego in an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion? 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.”
This work of nonfiction has been one of the most impactful and insightful books I’ve ever read. I can genuinely appreciate it for its lack of subtly, and the assertive nature of Holiday’s tone. A lot of books provide safety nets with their gentle words and sparkling affirmations, which isn’t a bad thing, but sometimes we need to hear what is real and uncensored. He homes in on the perspective of humans as our ego can be inflated and often times is. He uses truths, philosophy, and biblical references to support his statement – ego is the enemy – and how we can prevent self-destruction by humbling our ego. I wish I could explain it to you, but honestly, Ryan Holiday just does it a lot better.
The book is one that you read over and over again with tons of highlights and tabs, one that you put nearby for reference. It is awe-inspiring, brilliant, and relatable among the masses no doubt. I think everyone on Earth should read this. A true masterpiece!