Ego Is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday

Ego Is the Enemy

By Ryan Holiday

  • Release Date: 2016-06-14
  • Genre: Management & Leadership
Score: 4.5
From 924 Ratings


The instant Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and international bestseller

“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.”


  • Very Well Done!

    By Free_Will15
    Another very powerful and insightful book! Thank you for writing this!
  • Good Book, Bad Performance

    By dgeorgenyc
    Enjoyed the book’s content, but found the narrator’s voice grating. Would be better if re-recorded with a professional voice actor.
  • Great book!

    By Wmdogan
    You have to read this book!If you think you don’t have an ego problem then you have to read it twice :)
  • Perspective

    By dmxkdnfnrisksmsks
    We all grew up thinking passion was a beautiful thing, not realizing we inhibit selfish tendencies from it. Touching on so many points that made me evaluate myself as a 25 year old, clearly I have a long way to go until I reach where I want to be. This book made me more excited about my development instead of worrying. 30 stars if I could and I thank you.
  • Accessible, inspirational, and share-worthy book.

    By Mark50998926
    Accessible, inspirational, and share-worthy book. I could not more highly recommend this book for those interested in destroying what has otherwise held you back. You will certainly find yourself writing passages down and highlighting like a college student. Treat yourself to this book, and make it an actual book. You will want to be that connected to the words.
  • Highly recommended

    By Poet From Another Planet
    This book exceeded expectations. It lended insight to my own lack of awareness in how powerful a role ego has played in my life. Some areas that I’d mislabeled, turned out to be the ego in disguise.
  • 🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯

    By Nme1488
    It took 3 years for me to finish reading this e-book. 1. What I liked? Everything. 2. What I didn’t like? That it took me 3 years to humble myself to actually read/highlight it. It thought that by buying it would be enough. Now the challenge is to re-read it over and over again (sweep over and over again) for the rest of our lives.
  • speechless

    By Luis Mendez Borjon
    Me gusto mucho este libro que me recomendo Carolina mi amiga. -Luis Mendez
  • Excellent

    By Long Beach Kiter
  • Amazing

    By N. Mundy
    Amazing read!