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Why Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday

Joel Brown

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Ryan Holiday is the author of several books, marketer, media strategist and entrepreneur. Additionally he is the former Marketing Director for American Apparel and editor-at-large for the New York Observer.

In his new book “Why Ego Is The Enemy“, Ryan shares why Ego may be the one thing holding back individuals from achieving greatness and success.

Ryan offers a fresh perspective on the concept of Ego and how it is to be understood in today’s digital era.

Check out this episode of the podcast to learn why ego is the enemy and how you can defeat it in order to find success:

 

If you love visuals then you can watch the video interview with Ryan Holiday here:

 

Get your hands on Ryan Holiday’s EGO IS THE ENEMY here:

 

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 100 million lives in the last 6 and a half years.

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  1. RentAppeal

    Sep 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for this. It was a great read!

  2. McGuire

    Sep 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Amazing article. Honest topic with great ideas.

  3. McGuire

    Aug 30, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Great article. I really enjoyed the subject .

  4. Jason

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Very helpful article. I’m new to this topic and this definitely helps me learn!

  5. Evan

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Hey Joel & Ryan,

    There are some sharp points in here, and I like how you clarified “ego” vs. “the ego”. I think “the ego” can be in fact very helpful and drive you towards what you want with a source of purpose and clarity. “Ego” is what happened when Conor McGregor stepped up to Nate Diaz and he was shot down.

    Love both fighters, but he was speaking on being invincible, basically, which is the exact thing Ryan warned about. I also appreciate your layout for creating a plan and sticking to it with your purpose, instead of getting lost in your “passion” for something.

    Makes me want to pick up the book and add it to the enormous stack on my reading list already 🙂

    Thanks fellas!

    – Evan

  6. John

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great article. I really enjoyed the subject.

  7. Tim Denning

    Jul 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I just finished reading Ryan’s new book and I learnt so much about controlling my ego. Ryan presents some interesting ideas on the podcast and I didn’t know much about the whole American Apparel story. He’s clearly very clever but it’s hard to believe he’s still so young. He talks a bit about working too hard which is something that we all suffer from. It’s good to have more people like Ryan talking about this subject and try to change our perceptions.

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How to Share Your Vision and Ideas With The Super Wealthy – Kevin Harrington

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Kevin Harrington is an American entrepreneur and business executive. Harrington is the founder of “As Seen On TV”. Kevin has appeared on the television series Shark Tank and has launched over 500 products resulting in more than $5 Billion in sales worldwide.

 

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5 Habits Of Radically Authentic Leaders – Malaine Lea

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New Jersey’s very own Women’s Lifestyle Architect and 6 Figure Transformational coach “Malaine Lea” shares the habits of Radically Authentic, Highly Impactful and Incredibly Intentional Leaders.

As a Lifestyle Architect Malaine Lea loves supporting you in redefining and designing who you really are from the inside out.

 

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6 Things You Must Do To Transform Your Life – Jack Canfield

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Jack Canfield the author of Chicken Soup for The Soul and The Success Principles hangs out with me last week to talk about how YOU can transform your life with self development.

Jack Canfield has sold over half a billion books in his lifetime and has developed a number of incredible exercises and ways of thinking over the last few decades to help you elevate your success and live a life of empowerment.

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How to Double Your Faith and Self Confidence – Trent Shelton

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Ex-NFL Superstar turned Motivational Speaker and International Entrepreneur “Trent Shelton” caught up with Joel Brown to share his advice on what it takes to build a belief that is untouchable.

Trent is a big believer that “It All Starts With You”.

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Whenever I Am Fearful Of What People Think, I Do This.

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I’ve had some days recently where I’ve been plagued with that question “What will people think?”

“If I say that, will people hate it and could it ruin my career?”
‘If I say the truth and people dislike it, could that ruin an upcoming opportunity?”
‘If they don’t like it, will I ever get another chance?

Whenever I find myself becoming fearful of people’s opinions, I do this:

 

I compare their opinion to my mortality.

This is the main hack so let’s start with this. Whenever I find myself worrying about what people think and how it may affect my success, I remember that in the scheme of things I am only on this Earth for a short amount of time.

Anything that I say will likely be forgotten pretty quickly. People are so caught up in all the troubles of their own life that they don’t have space in their mind to remember all of my flaws and silly moments. So if people are highly unlikely to remember, then who cares what people think?

Comparing opinions to your own mortality is a fantastic way to get a reality check. This way of thinking always gets me out of my head. Death is a good motivator that will make you take action and not get caught up in your head trying to win a war against opinions.

 

I’d rather try for greatness than never know because of fear.

Being paralyzed by people’s opinions stops you from ever reaching your full potential. You end up second-guessing yourself and not taking certain actions out of fear for what people may think. You can’t enter their mind and steal their thoughts (not yet, anyway) so you’ll never know for sure.

Maybe people love what you said. Maybe what you hypothesize they’re thinking is wrong. So the truth is you’ll never know for sure.

“What I do know for sure is that greatness is within all of us and it can only be unleashed when you stop giving an F”

Greatness is achieved when you say what you think, you take vulnerable actions, you’re authentic and most of all, you don’t hold back. People’s opinions are holding you back and they don’t matter. What matters is your opinion of yourself.

 

What matters is you tried.

And your critics probably didn’t. By not being held back by opinions you end up trying things that you’d normally not do. Here are some of my own examples:

  • I went to a high interval training workout class. Normally I wouldn’t because I’m currently unfit, but because I don’t care what people think, I did it anyway and loved it.
  • I entered a public speaking competition and won against very tough competition. Normally I wouldn’t but I told myself that I can say cool stuff too.
  • I took a long plane trip overseas. Normally I wouldn’t because I have a fear of flying but because I’ve now flown enough times, flying is actually fun.
  • I started this whole blogging thing. Normally I wouldn’t of because I used to hate writing and found it dead boring. I thought people would think what I had to say was dumb. Then I discovered my passion for blogging and now it’s what I’m known for by millions of people

How much success are you leaving on the table by being shackled down with the opinions of others? Just do what you love and if people hate it then screw them. They’re obviously not your target audience or don’t get your unique talent. Giving it a go will show you more than doing nothing.

 

I think about not living my dream life.

If people’s horrible opinions of you are weighing you down, then try this reverse hack: Think about what would happen if you didn’t live your dream.

Whenever I second guess myself about giving a talk, I think about what would happen if I never discovered this whole inspiring others gift that I had secretly hidden inside of me.

When you weigh up in your head the difference between people’s thoughts of you, and living your dream life, you’ll find your mind always pushing towards the later. Use this super-sized hack to destroy your fear of opinions.

 

I remind myself of what the great’s do.

If fear of public reticule is holding me back, I think in my mind about what the greats would do. Would Steve Jobs let someone tell him that his phone needs more buttons?

“Would Martin Luther King let someone tell him that black people’s rights don’t matter and to stay at home today by the warm fire? Not in a million, trillion years”

So if the greats wouldn’t allow opinions to stop them in their tracks, why the heck would you?

 

I think of what I’m doing in comparison to the world.

An excellent way to put your actions and the opinions about them into perspective is to compare what you’re doing with the world. If you say something stupid in front of your co-workers, in the scheme of things, does that one event change the rest of the world?

Does your little mistake really matter compared with the billions of other mistakes that are happening at the same moment? Probably not.

If you want to increase your productivity and learn some more valuable life hacks, then join my private mailing list on timdenning.net

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared hundreds of thousands of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around success, personal development, motivation, and entrepreneurship. During the day Tim works with the most iconic tech companies in the world, as an adviser, to assist them in expanding into Australia. By night, Tim coaches his students on the principles of personal development and the fundamentals of entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net or through his Facebook.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. RentAppeal

    Sep 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Thanks for this. It was a great read!

  2. McGuire

    Sep 1, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Amazing article. Honest topic with great ideas.

  3. McGuire

    Aug 30, 2016 at 7:32 pm

    Great article. I really enjoyed the subject .

  4. Jason

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Very helpful article. I’m new to this topic and this definitely helps me learn!

  5. Evan

    Aug 18, 2016 at 6:49 am

    Hey Joel & Ryan,

    There are some sharp points in here, and I like how you clarified “ego” vs. “the ego”. I think “the ego” can be in fact very helpful and drive you towards what you want with a source of purpose and clarity. “Ego” is what happened when Conor McGregor stepped up to Nate Diaz and he was shot down.

    Love both fighters, but he was speaking on being invincible, basically, which is the exact thing Ryan warned about. I also appreciate your layout for creating a plan and sticking to it with your purpose, instead of getting lost in your “passion” for something.

    Makes me want to pick up the book and add it to the enormous stack on my reading list already 🙂

    Thanks fellas!

    – Evan

  6. John

    Aug 17, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Great article. I really enjoyed the subject.

  7. Tim Denning

    Jul 25, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I just finished reading Ryan’s new book and I learnt so much about controlling my ego. Ryan presents some interesting ideas on the podcast and I didn’t know much about the whole American Apparel story. He’s clearly very clever but it’s hard to believe he’s still so young. He talks a bit about working too hard which is something that we all suffer from. It’s good to have more people like Ryan talking about this subject and try to change our perceptions.

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How to Share Your Vision and Ideas With The Super Wealthy – Kevin Harrington

Joel Brown

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Kevin-Harrington

Kevin Harrington is an American entrepreneur and business executive. Harrington is the founder of “As Seen On TV”. Kevin has appeared on the television series Shark Tank and has launched over 500 products resulting in more than $5 Billion in sales worldwide.

 

Listen to this Addicted2Success episode to find out how you can share your vision in the most effective way

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5 Habits Of Radically Authentic Leaders – Malaine Lea

Joel Brown

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New Jersey’s very own Women’s Lifestyle Architect and 6 Figure Transformational coach “Malaine Lea” shares the habits of Radically Authentic, Highly Impactful and Incredibly Intentional Leaders.

As a Lifestyle Architect Malaine Lea loves supporting you in redefining and designing who you really are from the inside out.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Malaine Lea.

 

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6 Things You Must Do To Transform Your Life – Jack Canfield

Joel Brown

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Jack Canfield the author of Chicken Soup for The Soul and The Success Principles hangs out with me last week to talk about how YOU can transform your life with self development.

Jack Canfield has sold over half a billion books in his lifetime and has developed a number of incredible exercises and ways of thinking over the last few decades to help you elevate your success and live a life of empowerment.

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Jack Canfield.

 

Or you can watch the FULL Video interview here

 

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How to Double Your Faith and Self Confidence – Trent Shelton

Joel Brown

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Trent Shelton

Ex-NFL Superstar turned Motivational Speaker and International Entrepreneur “Trent Shelton” caught up with Joel Brown to share his advice on what it takes to build a belief that is untouchable.

Trent is a big believer that “It All Starts With You”.

Click PLAY on the podcast episode above to find out how you can step into your untouchable greatness so you can live out your life Purpose in Full Effect.

 

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