Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday: Summary and Lessons

“Winning is not enough. Anyone can win. But not everyone is the best possible version of themselves.”

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Short Summary

In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday argues that often our problems are caused not by external factors but from our own ego. The book is divided into 3 parts: aspire, success, and failure. A good book on stoicism but lacks practical ways to fight the ego.


Part I: Aspire

Talent is only the starting point. The question is: Will you be able to make the most of it? Or will you be your own worst enemy?

Part II: Success

As success arrives, ego begins to toy with our minds and weaken the will that made us win in the first place.

Part III: Failure

Failure always arrives uninvited, but through our ego, far too many of us allow it to stick around.

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