Ryan Holiday

Ego Is the Enemy

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    tytahas quotedlast year
    You will be unappreciated. You will be sabotaged. You will experience surprising failures. Your expectations will not be met. You will lose. You will fail.
    How do you carry on then? How do you take pride in yourself and your work? John Wooden’s advice to his players says it: Change the definition of success. “Success is peace of mind, which is a 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.” “Ambition,” Marcus Aurelius reminded himself, “means tying your well-being to what other people say or do . . . Sanity means tying it to your own actions.”
    tytahas quotedlast year
    Maybe your parents will never be impressed. Maybe your girlfriend won’t care. Maybe the investor won’t see the numbers. Maybe the audience won’t clap. But we have to be able to push through. We can’t let that be what motivates us.
    ainevlahas quoted2 years ago
    Greatness comes from humble beginnings; it comes from grunt work. It means you’re the least important person in the room—until you change that with results.
    ainevlahas quoted2 years ago
    A true student is like a sponge. Absorbing what goes on around him, filtering it, latching on to what he can hold. A student is self-critical and self-motivated, always trying to improve his understanding so that he can move on to the next topic, the next challenge. A real student is also his own teacher and his own critic. There is no room for ego there.
    b6261877706has quoted8 days ago
    It takes a special kind of humility to grasp that you know less, even as you know and grasp more and more.
    b6261877706has quoted21 days ago
    The purpose of Shamrock’s formula is simple: to get real and continuous feedback about what they know and what they don’t know from every angle. It purges out the ego that puffs us up, the fear that makes us doubt ourselves, and any laziness that might make us want to coast.
    b6261877706has quoted21 days ago
    get real and continuous feedback about what they know and what they don’t know from every angle. It purges out the ego that puffs us up, the fear that makes us doubt ourselves, and any laziness that might make us want to coast.
    b6261877706has quoted21 days ago
    Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.
    May Trinandahas quoted5 months ago
    put in the work
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    There is a sort of ego ceiling imposed—one knows that he is not better than the “master” he apprentices under.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    In this course, it is not “Who do I want to be in life?” but “What is it that I want to accomplish in life?”
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    If your purpose is something larger than you—to accomplish something, to prove something to yourself—then suddenly everything becomes both easier and more difficult. Easier in the sense that you know now what it is you need to do and what is important to you. The other “choices” wash away, as they aren’t really choices at all. They’re distractions.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    It’s about the doing, not the recognition.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    “A man is worked upon by what he works on,”
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    their lives, had the same effect. What you choose to do with your time and what you choose to do for money works on you.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    His point was that many of the systems and structures in the military—the ones that soldiers navigate in order to get ahead—can corrupt the very values they set out to serve.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    Appearances are deceiving. Having authority is not the same as being an authority. Having the right and being right are not the same either.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    Impressing people is utterly different from being truly impressive.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    Whatever we seek to do in life, reality soon intrudes on our youthful idealism. This reality comes in many names and forms: incentives, commitments, recognition, and politics. In every case, they can quickly redirect us from doing to being. From earning to pretending. Ego aids in that deception every step of the way.
    b9066761974has quoted5 months ago
    greatest work and art comes from wrestling with the void, facing it instead of scrambling to make it go away.
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