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August 23 , 2007

Ego Is the Enemy


In the tradition of Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, a short, powerful
meditation on ego and creativity, from the bestselling author of The Obstacle
is the Way
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In The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday introduced tens of thousands of
readers to the world of Stoic philosophy. In The Ego is the Enemy, Holiday again
delivers practical and inspiring philosophy to people who need it, picking up on a
powerful concept that runs back centuries, across borders and schools of thought.

Our main impediment in life is not the outside world but ourselves. It's our ego
that is our most common enemy. Early in our careers, it can prevent us from
learning and developing our talents. When we taste success, ego can blind us to
our own faults, alienate us from others and lead to our downfall. In failure, ego is
devastating and makes recovery all the more difficult. It is only by identifying our
ego, speaking to its desires, and systematically disarming it that we will ever
create our best work.

In The Ego is the Enemy, Holidaydraws on a vast array of stories and examples,
from literature to philosophy to history to his own experience advising many
high-profile clients. Like Steven Pressfield's The War of Art, the book offers a
brutally honest portrait of how we let our egos seduce us, and offers valuable
advice for how we can overcome them.
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