Ego is the Enemy
Ego is the Enemy is Ryan Holiday's
attack on the role that ego can play in the lives of most people.
Holiday does not use the term "ego" in the traditional Freudian sense
but rather as a synonym for excessive self-regard, or egotism. Thanks to
the Internet and social media, having an inflated ego is now more
encouraged in Western society than ever before. Nevertheless, learning
how to cultivate an authentic sense of oneself and one's abilities is
vital for living gracefully and achieving one's goals.
Although history is populated by famous and even notorious
egomaniacs, the most influential and successful people were more often
those who focused on their life's work with humility and dedication.
Compare, for example, the outsized ego of Napoleon, whose grandiose
imperial ambitions ended in shame and exile, with the character of
American general William Tecumseh Sherman. After retiring from the
military, he refused to run for president.