Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday: My Key Takeaways

  • We have to act and live small in order to accomplish what we seek
  • The ability to deliberately keep yourself out of the conversation and subsist without its validation, it scarce and rare.
  • Success requires a full 100% of our effort, and talk flitters part of that effort away before we can use it
  • Ego is a short term fix for a long term consequence
  • When we remove ego we are left with what is real. Calm confidence and humility.
  • Arrogance and self-absorption inhibits growth
  • The only relationship between work and chatter is that it kills each other
  • Ego crosses out what matters and replaces it with what doesnt
  • What you choose to do with your time and what you choose to do for money works on you.
  • False ideas about yourself destroy you
  • You cant learn if you think you already know
  • A student always self-critical, self-motivated to improve his understanding so that he can move on to the next challenge.
  • Passion is a form of mental retardation, deliberately blunting our most critical cognitive functions.
  • What humans requires is purpose and realism. Purpose is like passion with boundaries. Realism is detachment and perspective.
  • Purpose is about pursuing something outside yourself as opposed to pleasuring yourself.
  • Choose to thrive on the grunt work, to become the best at it.
  • Greatness comes from humble beginnings. It comes from grunt work. It means you are the least important person in the room until you change that with results.
  • Our own path, whatever we aspire to, will in some ways be defined by the amount of nonsense we are willing to deal with.
  • Living clearly and presently takes courage. Live with the tangible and real, especially if it is uncomfortable
  • Pride blunts the mind, the very instrument we need to own  inorder to succeed.
  • Dont count your chickens before they hatch.
  • Receive feedback, maintain hunger, and chat a proper course to your life
  • The first product of self-knowledge is humility
  • To think of a number to master a skill is to live in a conditional future
  • Where we decide to put our energy decides what we’ll ultimately accomplish
  • There is no triumph without toil
  • Work is finding yourself alone at the track when the weather kept everyone else indoors.
  • Strive to face life and proceed with quiet confidence in spite of the distractions
  • The humbles ones consistently observe, listen and improve
  • At the higher levels of success you cant afford to have ego. You have to constantly lean in for feedback and improve.
  • Ego makes us waste our precious life, doing things we don’t like to prove ourselves to people we don’t respect and to get things we don’t want
  • Ego less to envy and it rots the bones of people big and small. It undermines greatness by deluding its holder.
  • Never squander our very potential and purpose, trying to make their approval the standard we feel compelled to meet
  • Be what you are and be as good as possible at it, rather than beating the other guy and trying to have more that others.
  • Take time to sit down and think about what is truely important to you and the take the necessary steps to forsake the rest.
  • Ego is its own worst enemy. It hurts the ones we love too.
  • Micromanagers are egotists who cant manage others and they quickly get overloaded.
  • It doesnt make you a bad person to want to be remembered. To want to make it to the top.
  • Creativity is a matter of receptiveness and recognition. It cannot happen if you’re convinced that the world revolves around you.
  • Dont be deceived by the recognition you have gotten, or the amount of money in your bank account
  • You must manage yourself inorder to maintain success
  • Just because you did something once, doesnt mean you can do the same thing forever
  • If ego is a nasty side effect of great success, it can be fatal during failure
  • Inorder to become great you have to go through a period called the baptism of fire.
  • The great failing is to see yourself more than as you are and to value yourself at less than your true worth
  • You can use any circumstance in your life as fuel for your unique greatness with the right attitude and approach
  • The less attached we are to the outcome of an activity, the better
  • Success is a peace of mind which is direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.
  • We can’t let the external world determine whether something was worth it or not. Its always on us
  • The bigger the ego, the harder the fall
  • Ego makes it harder to see the changes we need to make in our lives
  • Anyone who does anything to avoid failure, will almost certainly do something worthy of a failure
  • A person who judges himself based on his own standards doesnt crave the spotlight.
  • Successful people dont hate their enemies. They feel pity and have empathy for them.
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