Ego is the enemy
My summary notes from the book Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday
1 Min20 Dec, 2021

Don’t be passionate

Purpose, Direction and Realism not passion should be basis of our goal and functioning. Passion often held us back in making correct judgments and often lead us to failure. We always remember few passionate success stories and forget many more passionate failure stories.

Purpose, Direction and Realism enable us the ability to continuously achieve success.

Follow the canvas strategy

Being the person who clear the path for someone is not diminishing work. Being great is being humble, being least important person and consistently changing this status quo with results. Help other people, too many people to get your self help.

Great men have almost always shown themselves ready to obey as they afterward proved able to command. ~ Lord Mahon

Restrain Yourself

Chapter Quotation by Booker T Washington:

I have observed that those who have accomplished the greatest results are those who "keep under the body"; are those who never grow excited or lose self-control, but are always calm, self-possessed, patient, and polite.

In several occasions, we are offended by behavior of others and we wanted to respond back quickly with befitted reply. But these quick responses hurt our reputation and progress in long term. It exposes our weakness of not restraining our-self and we came at the same level on which offender is.

Whereas we restrain our-self and keep our ego aside and choose not to treat badly in response to bad behavior. The person who behaved badly in first place get degraded not we.

Chapter Highlights:

Those who have subdued their ego understands that it doesn't degrade you when others treat you poorly; it degrades them.

Jackie Robinson had a temper and frustrations like all of us do. But he learned early that the tight rope he walked would tolerate only restraint and had no forgiveness for ego.

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