Insights from Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
His name is the first point of attraction, but let’s focuses on something else.
Could there be an upside to EGO? He made us understand that Ego is not all bad; he defined Ego as that belief that one’s way or opinion is superior over every other way or opinion.
In his words, ‘the need to be better than, more than, recognized for, far past any reasonable utility- that’s ego. It’s the sense of superiority and certainty that exceeds the bounds of confidence and talent’.
Ego could be the enemy in several ways but Holiday points to three main areas where ego is the enemy
Aspiring: “those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know” Lao Tzu Ego is an enemy because it is not action oriented; it’d rather talk and brag instead of act.
Succeeding: “ As success arrives, it does for a team that has just won a championship, ego begins to toy with our minds and weakens the will that made us win in the first place.
Success they say is a lousy teacher, and I beg to say Ego must be the trainer. It makes one full of his accomplishments and leaves a gap for continued success
Failing: Ego doesn’t let you learn from your mistakes and failure, because it’d rather be right or shift blame or hide face because “hey, ego can’t be wrong”
But Ego doesn’t have to ruin your life; it can also be the reason why you keep working hard, it can make you teach someone.
Author: Victor Adeyemo
Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest