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“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image 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

 
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.
 
Ego Is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to his­tory. We meet fascinating figures such as George Marshall, Jackie Robinson, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who all reached the highest levels of power and success by con­quering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well.
 
In an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion, the battle against ego must be fought on many fronts. 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.”

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Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Ego

Ego

Ego can be defined as the sense of superiority and certainty that exceeds the bounds of confidence and talent. It's when the notion of ourselves and the world grows so inflated that it begins to distort the reality that surrounds us.

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Understanding Ego in Different Stages of Life

At any given time in life, people find themselves at one of three stages.

  • We are aspiring to something - trying to make a dent in the universe.
  • We have achieved success - perhaps a little, perhaps a lot.
  • Or we have failed - recently or continually.

Ego is the enemy every step along this way.

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Talk and Hype to Replace Action

When we are striving for something it's a temptation that exists for everyone - for talk and hype to replace action. At the beginning of any path, we are excited and nervous. So we seek to comfort ourselves externally instead of inwardly. This side we call ego.

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RYAN HOLIDAY

“The ego we see most commonly goes by a more casual definition: an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition.”

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The Five Big Ideas

The Five Big Ideas

💡At any given time in life, we’re aspiring to something, we have achieved success, or we have failed.

💡We must cultivate humility, diligence, and self-awareness if we are to remove ego.

💡Maintain your own scorecard.

💡Don’t fake it ’til you make it—make it.

💡Always stay a student.

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Aspire, Success, Failure

Aspire, Success, Failure

The book is structured as short essays split into three parts: Aspire, Success, and Failure. These being three phases that one invariably finds themselves in at any given moment, often alternating between them over the course of a life. As the book says, “Aspiration leads to success (and adversity). Success creates its own adversity (and, hopefully, new ambitions). And adversity leads to aspiration and more success. It’s an endless loop.”

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Think of yourself as an eternal student to stay humble.

Think of yourself as an eternal student to stay humble.

Think of yourself like many of the ancient Stoics did: An eternal student of life, dedicated to learning as long as you live. This keeps you humble and encourages you to learn from the best in your field.

However, it pays to look both up and down the chain: take some time to mentor and teach others. Going back to beginners and helping them exposes you to the full spectrum of skill levels and is another way to restrain your ego.

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Epictetus

“It is impossible for a man to learn that, which he thinks he already knows.” 

EPICTETUS

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Delegate tasks to learn to trust in others.

Delegate tasks to learn to trust in others.

Trust increases the speed of everything in a business, the more employees trust one another, the faster things get done. Delegating some of your work to others forces you to do two things:

  1. Respect other people’s work.
  2. Trust that they can get a job done.

These aren’t just ways to win against your ego, but can also be the difference between a thriving company and one that goes bust.

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Ryan Holiday uses a lot of historical examples and practical advice to illustrate his points in this book. The book serves as a guide for individuals at all stages of their careers to achieve their full potential by overcoming the enemy within—their own ego.

"Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive."  

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This information just based on personal ideas. You can access the main source to get the entirety of the information.

DISCLAIMER

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Ego as an Obstacle

Ego as an Obstacle

A primary barrier to personal and professional growth.

Ego can cloud our judgment, make us overestimate our abilities, and prevent us from learning and growing. It can lead to arrogance and a false sense of superiority. 

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Quotes from 'Ego Is the Enemy' By Ryan Holiday

These are a few snippets from ego is the enemy which got me thinking and writing. These were useful and actionable for me so will also likely be useful to others who share similar interests. I will first write out the quote in plain unedited format for those who don't care about what I have to say, but will add my own understanding in an idea below for those who would like to hear my view. enjoy

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Idea #1 - Learn to Learn

 "What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness."

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Idea #1 - My Understanding

What I took from this was the realisation that my priorities were not straight because I was focussing too much on improving my so called "skills". This is not necessarily a bad thing, but while doing so I was not thinking at all about improving the traits that lead to being a person who actually can improve and grow. Having traits like Ryan mentioned (Humility, self awareness, etc...) are more important then just trying to improve in one specific area because these are traits that actually allow you to be a good learner and have the ability to grow and improve

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"As we first succeed, we will find ourselves in new situations, facing new problems."

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"self-confidence becomes arrogance, assertiveness becomes obstinacy, and self-assurance becomes reckless abandon."

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"Most successful people are people you've never heard of. They want it that way. It keeps them sober. It helps them do their jobs."

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Quotes from "Ego is the Enemy" by Ryan Holiday

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Most successful people are people you've never heard of. They want it that way. It keeps them sober. It helps them do their jobs.

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Whether what you're going through is your fault or your problem doesn't matter, because it's yours to deal with right now.

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Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you're the least important person in the room-until you change that with results.

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Buku ini mengajarkan kita cara mengendalikan ego dan mencegah hidup kita menjadi hancur karenanya. Banyak pelajaran dan kisah yang bisa diambil didalamnya. Di masa modern ini, pengalaman bukanlah guru terbaik, belajar dari pengalaman dan kisah orang adalah guru terbaik bagi kita.

Introduction

Introduction

Ego is the Enemy itu buku yang ditulis sama Ryan Holiday. Long short story awalnya aku sendiri tertarik baca buku ini karna penulisnya. Holiday sering bulak-balik di feed @dialystoic , Holiday salah satu narasumber dan praktisi di akun itu.

Setelah tahu dia nulis buku juga pikiranku langsung kebayang pasti bakal menyinggung tentang stokisme juga. SO HERE WE GO. Kita bedah buku yang membahas tentang ego ini.

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Apa sih ego itu?

Apa sih ego itu?

Holiday sendiri mengidentifikasi "ego" di buku ini sebagai anak kecil pemarah yang memilih sesuatu berdasarkan keinginan dirinya sendiri di atas segalanya. Ego bisa juga diartikan sebagai ambisi tak berpendirian, keinginan tanpa usaha, dan kepercayaan tanpa dasar, hingga validasi dari orang lain.

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Why the Ego is our enemy?

Why the Ego is our enemy?

Ego ini pada dasarnya menghancurkan seseorang. Ego bisa menutup mata, telinga, sampai pemikiran orang yang dihinggapi nya. Semakin kita mengikuti apa yang ego inginkan, semakin senang dia, juga semakin menggerogoti kita nantinya.

Tidak banyak orang yang memiliki ego besar bisa sukses dalam jangka waktu lama. Atau tidak sempat sukses sama sekali karena ego menghancurkan mereka dahulu. So think it twice, are we still need ego to be successful? Are we still need ego to maintain our succeed?

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Become a student

No matter how skilled or talented you are always find ways to improve your craft or skills.

The best way is by finding someone more skilled than you, and learning from the person to become better at your craft or skills

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The dangers of pride

Pride leads to arrogance and then away from humility and connection with their fellow man.

Pride takes a minor accomplishment and makes it feel like a major one.

Don't boast, there is nothing in it for you

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Top Lesson : Ego Is The Enemy.

Top Lesson : Ego Is The Enemy.

Always stay a student.

Being always student for life is the ultimate tool of self -mastery and self-discovery.

Learn from everything and everyone.

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