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Why Ego is The Greatest Opponent to Your Creativity and Success (And How to Fight Back)

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Why Ego is The Greatest Opponent to Your Creativity and Success (And How to Fight Back)
We all have goals: We want to matter. We want to be important. We want to have freedom and power to pursue our creative work. We want respect from our peers and recognition for our accomplishments. Not out of vanity or selfishness, but of an earnest desire to fulfill our personal potential.

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The Ego is confusing

The Ego is confusing

The Ego is a confusing paradox. Many are in agreement that ego was bad, that it destroyed creativity and happiness, that they knew plenty of toxic egomaniacs who had wrecked themselves. But they still think Ego is important.

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Ryan Holiday

"One does not need to be an egotistical maniac to be successful. 

This is one of the most misleading and destructive myths in all of Western culture."

Ryan Holiday

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Trouble starts with Ego

Trouble starts with Ego

It starts where our notion of ourselves and the world grows so strong that it begins to distort the reality which surrounds us. 

The ego has then succeeded in completely separating us from the world.

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The Essence of Creativity

The Essence of Creativity

It is a deep and continuous connection to the world around us. The Ego disconnects us from reality, stifling creativity.

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Confidence vs Ego

Confidence vs Ego
  • Confidence is based on what is real and it's earned. It does not alienate us from others.
  • Ego is based on delusion and wishful thinking. It is artifice and makes us self-centered.

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  • Then pride tries to protect our ego by convincing us that the price of possible failure is too great to achieve something new.

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Approach learning and growth with real humility. Accept that pride affects us all and will try to limit you. Failure is part of the process. Set aside your ego and simply move past the failure. Make adjustments, and continue the process anew.