Ego Is the Enemy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
"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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|Listening Length||6 hours and 56 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||14 June 2016|
|Publisher||Tim Ferriss Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 751 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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19 in Motivational Management & Leadership
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There are also a few points I simply disagree with. One is the negative view of anyone who jumps from idea to idea or project to project. This isn't a necessarily a reflection of egotistical behaviour, which is implied by the author. Any study of personality profiles like Myers Briggs can explain this tendancy with some personalities. I am an INTP and this trait is common with my personality type. The Belbin look at team roles based on profiling also highlights that certain people are plants or shapers of new ideas, but rarely follow through and are completer-finishers. It's not a 'fault', but it is a characteristic or behaviour. Good teams balance the roles as described by Belbin.
Another point was that anyone that needs recognition is egotistical. Again, this isn't necessarily egotistical, but points to different personality types that need feedback.
Maybe I misunderstood the author, but I'm not sure Ryan is explaining himself well enough.
Holiday's pleadings in the book read like a counter-cultural rebel speech. The world operates far from the perceptions and ideals of many used as illustrations, but that doesn't mean we all need to get on the same wagon.
I found the many examples of people doing small things for big reasons and battling their egos refreshing in the way that Holiday raises them out of obscurity and the shadows into something to aspire to; not to be like the person or do what they did, but to align one's own standards and integrity with the strivings of so many others and find solace in your own validation.
A friends list, post likes and all the other ways we crave the attention of others just begets more action to maintain that feeling. I'll be putting this book on my 're-read often' list.
This book illustrates the benefits that can be wrought when ego is removed from the process. That alone make it a very worthwhile investment of your time, however it doesn't contain a magical formula to make everything perfect. In essence, it opens your eyes to the possibilities that can be achieved when ego is subtracted from the situation.
It may sound simple, but that simple idea is not always something that can be executed simply. However, understanding and enlightenment are always the first steps to a better outcome. At the very least this book should open your eyes to something that prevents a lot of people living the life they want.
That said my overwhelming feeling is that by studying this book and applying learning I am in much better shape to defeat my enemy and to quote the author again be "humble in my aspirations, gracious in my success and resilient in my failures"
Indirectly this book has a spiritual quality as many of the traits Holiday discusses can be found among the truly saintly people who inhabit the world with us.
This book should give anyone pause for reflection about themselves and how they act on the world. You don't have to be a world beater to gain serious benefit from this piece of work.
I give this book four stars because I like it a lot. What would make me love it is if it included clear strategies for dealing with the false ego that interferes with much of what we could truly achieve as individuals.
Highly recommend you going through the book. To keep sweeping the floor to ensure Ego has not gathered under your feet and you are walking all over it again and again.
This just the start of your self inspection of Ego.
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It makes you feel resentful and angry, like your boss isn't recognising your greatness. That eats you up inside and only makes you upset and stressed all the time.
Instead, Holiday teaches you the lesson, through many stories and examples, that you'll actually feel better and perform better by recognising your ego, catching when it tries to rear its ugly head, and focusing on what you can do for others instead.
This book has had an immeasurably positive impact on my life. I work harder and generally feel much happier in everyday life. Thank you Ryan.
I first read this 4 years ago following my brother's strong recommendation. As a result, I have aimed to be more 'balanced'- a concept I am still trying to understand- which has meant at work keeping more calm under the body when dealing with stressful situations and being more grateful for every day things.
But it also has made me less driven- which upon reflection today- I am not sure is particularly good.
There is a case for passion (though the book states passion is retarded). Passion helps wake me up in the morning- see that there are struggles ahead- but part of this is to drive myself really hard- and with this persistence sometimes my best solutions come (for example when writing essays- I often discard idea after idea until one is reached not through being balanced but by real struggle). Perhaps one of the best things in life is to solve a problem that you initially thought was difficult- and that is through really applying yourself and believing you can do this (whether you can or not). Sometimes it really does help to build one's confidence by telling yourself- by really going for whatever activity (being able to drive) with raw power and doing whatever you can- then you are able to master the problem. You can do this!
Also- perhaps to think in each moment in life whether one is doing the most balanced thing- is paralyzing. Rather than doing the thing you love, letting this take you wherever, and end up in a new spontaneous place? This level of balance sounds soul sucking. And I have felt this.
My first impression of Ego is the enemy is that the book is near flawless. But over time, as well as seeing the most recent film of Little Women- has really shifted this. in Little Women, the main character is extremely passionate about writing- and I think it is that which is part of the beauty of the character- and in addition that passion I feel must have contributed to her great plays.
What I think now is one rather has enthusiasm than none at all. Perhaps I might choose passion over balance- but the best formula may be that driving passion occasionally being tempered by other values.
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Second, it goes on and on about some peripheral characters from American history without mentioning many much more relevant people who tackled and defeated the ego throughout history.
Third, nicely wrapped up between the lines, still gives an impression that success is to "make it big" a.k.a. the American dream. It just needs to be done tactically and with patience, that is pretty much the main advice.
Fourth, politics again. I was wondering when I would read something against the Russian President Vladimir Putin. It came on page 146. Of course!
Final: anyone serious about stoicism and philosophy in general will find this book rather silly. I regret the paper it was printed on and am currently using the book to level a table in the garage. Fits perfectly.
For a non-fiction book, it's surprisingly unpractical and non-scientific. This would be my biggest criticism.
Yet I would recommend it to those who want to be inspired to keep doing great work and to hang in there, even though gratification and rewards still might be miles away. For me, it's less of a book I need to read front to back to grasp the concepts, but more of a book I can pick up whenever I need a small hit of inspiration.