Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent by Ryan Holiday – Summary, Notes & Opinion

Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent by Ryan Holiday - Summary, Notes & Opinion

In short

I remember back when I was in school and most of the time for PE class I was in charge of selecting my teammates for football game and other games. I would be exited to chose my friends, some cases we would win the match, that’s when I would expect to get all the credits by myself. But majority of the cases we would end up losing the match and as a result I would blame everyone but myself.

Ego is the Enemy teaches you that often our problem are not caused by external factors but from our own ego. This book is about the philosophy of stoicism by Ryan Holiday in divided into three main parts: aspire, success and failure.

There is a quote saying “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” by Richard Feynman. So we all have our worst enemy within ourselves and that is ego.

Ego simply is a belief of our own importance in an unbearable way. This especially in today’s society because of social media the ego is more and more a normality. But the good thing is that the ego can be managed.

Key points/lessons:

  1. Be a lifelong learner

If you want to be humble and expert in anything then you should think yourself as student and be a lifelong learner. Even if you are very good in a particular thing and you consider yourself to be the best, then you don’t leave any room for improvement and ego will hit you.

  1. Learn to delegate and automate task

Life in short and there are many repetitive and boring task that we have to do, like paying the bills, ordering groceries and replying to emails. This are frustrating and time consuming, so why not delegate to someone else. By delegating the task you’ll have more time and also build trust with people.

  1. Reflect and always keep improving

As I have mentioned before that whenever we used to win a match at school, I would expect to get all the credits for it even if I wasn’t playing as hard as others or I wasn’t contributing at all. This is a very bad attitude, instead of celebrating to much and letting our ego speak we should rather take this opportunity to improve even further.

Overall, this is a very inspiring book of stoicism by Ryan Holiday and I recommend everyone to read it. Also Ryan has another of my favourite book titled “The obstacle is the way“, terribly awesome as well.

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