"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)
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Ryan has done an awesome job of curating and interpreting some of history's greatest lessons in a series of digestible anecdotes.
Highly recommended reading/listening for anybody looking for guidance in a professional or personal capacity.
Ryan Holiday should not have written this book. I don't mean that harshly either. He is a very good author and narrator. I just got the feeling that he was just trying to keep momentum going and his name out there, after having published ''The Obstacle is the Way'' - which I listen to every month! There is nothing new or exciting to discover in this book.
The title is misleading to a degree - it is mostly about the author trying to destroy his ego by showing the reader that he has one - and it isn't that small either.
Obstacle is the Way - I listen to it every month....
If you loved The Obstacle is the Way - then this book will disappoint you.
Incredible journey through my ego! He still talks sometimes but practicing what's on this book makes us more aware and eventually happier. Great listen!
I was initially put off Ryan's book due to the title - I think it can be very counter productive to wage a war against aspects of our psychology and framing them as the enemy. I think it's better to see them as fragmented sick parts which need healing. However once I got into this book it was absolutely amazing. I've been doing self work for some time but this book exposed egoic patterns I had previously been unaware of running in myself and for this reason was an uncomfortable read at times but so worth it. I loved Ryan's previous book 'The Obstacle is the Way' which is equally amazing and helpful (I recently re-read this to help me through some big changes at my job - I even got additional copies to hand to colleagues to help them with this). I'm very excited to see what Ryan comes up with next and wouldn't hesitate to recommend either of these books to anyone who is interested in living a fuller, more rewarding, and relaxing life.
Personal Trainer and Life, Mind and Body Coach
Was looking forward to this based on the reviews and also the opening 20mins - but it was dull, lots of from the past references and lasted til half way then gave up. Could not gain anything of benefit from it
This book was recommended by a friend and when I'd heard the authors name mentioned a few times in podcasts and downloaded it. There is a theme with Ryan about stoicism but his exploration of ego here is laced with excellent examples of ego fails and where ego has been managed. And most if not all examples are high profile and well know historical figures. For me, one to listen to again.
It was difficult to find a window into the audio. It felt, at times, synthetic, and was not authentic in its delivery. However the overall audio book is good and I gained a lot from the listen.
The ending did not seem to present a conclusion as such, however further reading and information is made available to the reader, through web links and an email address. I thought this was beneficial.
I found the voice very synthetic and believe that the narrated voice did not support the delivery of the book.
Game. Set, Match.
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"Disappointing. Thin, weak reading."
I bought this book a rather strong recommendation by Tim Ferris. Tim went down in my estimation with this glorified essay. The content is thin, the point is obvious.
There seems to be a trend at the moment in taking classic knowledge (Ancient Roman / Greek) and rehashing if for anxious West Coast / Bay Area types. This book makes you feel a little bit embarrassed for the author.
Ego is the Enemy...could have been a one pager on a blog.
This is a case of networked buddies ( Tim F etc) all doing each other a favor ...
Ryan certainly has an audience. The sheer number of positive reviews on here swayed me.
I'll be more careful in future.
Word of warning on narration.
Ryan did a selfie on narration.
It's terribly self conscious and adds to the hollowness of the content.
His pronouncing of the word 'naivety' made me wince...
Hope you enjoy. I had to stop half way through...
"Only made it 2 hours"
I only made it two hours into this book before I had to turn it off. I did not like it. It seems to bounce from quote to quote with filler in between like a college freshman trying to hit a minimum page requirement. It would have been better off as an essay or blog post.
I bought this book base on the positive reviews, and clearly there is an audience out there for it, but it's not for me.
it took time to get used to the voice. I would have preferred another narrator.
I love the way this book was broken down. Great quotes and examples by a thoughtful, articulate author who staves off hubris. Essentially it's nice to get helpful examples on life improvement from someone who gets it, but still stumbles. Great stuff. Audio extra w Tim Ferris was a great addition. Well worth the credit.
"2 words... A Mazing"
I've already listened to it twice, I have the hardcover and I'm going to listen it again and again over the years. The lessons in this book are in the forefront of my mind and I've already seen errors in my thinking and decisions based in satisfying ego and have made corrections
If you have an open mind, get this book!
If you have a strong ego, you need this book but it will do nothing for you. I hope you prove me wrong
"Good content, tedious performance"
The book has a great message that everyone ought to hear, especially since we live in a world with social media and the power to craft your self-image and story. It's helped me out a lot in the way I view myself, and I've already noticed things about my behavior I could change to keep my ego under control.
Unfortunately the performance is incredibly dull and unprofessional. He mumbles, he speaks too quickly, he's monotone, and overall he sounds like a robot reciting words on a page rather than trying to tell a story. This is a prime example of how to not narrate an audiobook. Halfway through I was dying to just get to the end because I didn't want to listen to his boring voice anymore. The sad thing is that in the closing interview portion with Tim Ferris, you can hear Ryan Holiday speak with a natural conversational tone and a sense of fervor that isn't present in his audiobook performance. Ryan Holiday, if you're reading this, the next time you narrate an audiobook, try reading it as though you're speaking to a friend.
I think I'll pick up a copy of the book because I did enjoy the content, and it's enough to save this audiobook.
"belief in the indestructible self is destructive"
this book provides an amazing array of anecdotes and advice for pushing ego aside in favor of a dispassionate view of reality. our society parts us on the back so much that we all believe we are the best, and we kill ourselves getting to prove it. instead, take a step back and realize how much you still need to grow, and take the time to do the growing.
"Full of historical anecdotes"
This book is not my usual fare, but when I heard about it on The Joe Rogan Experience, I decided to give it a shot. 6 hours of listening for $10, what was there to lose? It was absolutely worth it. I think most of us know several people in our lives who would benifit from reading Ego is the Enemy, but the person who needs it most may just be you!
"CREDIT WORTHY: Will stand the test of time!"
I bought both. Audio for first quick listen. Print to re-read and underline.
The writing is so tight - illustrations so curated - and principles so universal that I think of the author as a modern day philosopher, that people actually care to read.
This book is UNIQUE among others on the topic, but...
I compare this AUTHOR to: Tim Ferriss, Seth Godin, Adam Grant, Robert Greene and Stephen Pressfield.
After listening to Ryan narrate "The Obstacle Is The Way" his voice really brings it to life in a unique way. I loved "Ego" for the same reason.
I like how his super young voice sounds reading his super-wise words.
Defined Ego in a fresh way and demonstrated how it has held back people throughout the ages. It gave me hope that Ego can be overcome and showed success stories of those who did just that.
"I was sorry when this performance ended"
Ego is The Enemy is a great book and very thought provoking.
Great value for anyone-whether an entrepreneur or in sales, or sports.
Ego has stolen true greatness from many by diverting them from purpose to recognition.
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