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EGO is the ENEMY

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A one-page recap of a 226-page book I could not put down

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EGO is the ENEMY

  1. 1. EGO is the ENEMY Some of my favorites from Ryan Holiday's bestseller (adapted) We're told to believe in our uniqueness, to be better than, to think big, live big, to be memorable. It is admirable to want to be better businessmen or businesswomen, better athletes, better off financially, to do great things The Enemy It is no less impressive to want to be real, to act and live small, to be the best version of yourself, a happier person, to be better balanced, to be stronger, to be patient, to be rock-hard humble, modest and selfless. Or better yet, all of these traits together. Who do I want to be Every day for the rest of your life you will find yourself at one of 3 phases: aspiration, success, failure. You will battle the ego in each of them. You will make mistakes in each of them. Success is ego intoxication and failure can be a devastating ego blow It is like sweeping the floor. Just because you've done it once, doesn't mean the floor is cleaned forever. Every day the dust comes back. You must sweep the floor every minute of every day. And then sweep again. It will help us be: - Humble in our aspirations - Gracious in our success - Resilient in our failures The first principle is that you must not fool yourself - and you are the easiest person to fool - Richard Feynman. Your worst enemy already lives inside you: Ego is at the root of almost every conceivable problem or obstacle. Our culture fans the flames of ego. We can announce big news on social media and let the congratulations roll in. Ego tells us what we want to hear when we want to hear it but it is a magnet for enemies and errors. The pretense of knowledge is our most dangerous vice, because it prevents us from getting any better. Most of what you think you know is out of date or wrong When the student is ready, the teacher appears. Be humble, self-critical and relentlessly look for areas of improvement. Be an eternal student. Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that, I learn of him - R.W. Emerson Passion, naivete may be the very thing holding you back. Passion is for amateurs You need purpose, poise, patience and realism: a clear, deliberate and methodological determination, detachment and perspective The canvas strategy: provide the support others can paint on. Clear the path for them and you will eventually create a path for yourself. Be lesser, do more Pride - even in real accomplishments - is a distraction Our ability to learn, to adapt, to be flexible, to build relationships, all of this is dulled by pride We surround ourselves with BS. With distractions. With lies about what makes us happy and what's important. The bigger the ego, the harder the fall The fight club moment: it almost always comes from an outside force; it involves things we knew but were too scared to admit; from the ruin comes the opportunity for great progress and improvement www.philippebarzin.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/philippe-barzin

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