Ryan Holiday’s “Ego is the Enemy” underscores the pitfalls of unchecked ego. Ego can hinder our growth, transforming confidence into arrogance and distracting us from our goals. The book pinpoints three manifestations of ego: seeking constant validation, overconfidence after success (as seen with Howard Hughes), and deflecting blame during failures (like Dov Charney with American Apparel). To combat ego, Holiday suggests the plus/minus/equal method: learn from someone superior, teach someone junior, and challenge oneself against an equal. This promotes humility, focus, and continued growth.
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