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Why Ego Is The Enemy – Ryan Holiday

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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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 Relentlessly Live In Your Potential – Ben Kelly

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Millionaire Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer and Investor Ben Kelly shares his principles with you for Rapid Transformation.

Ben Kelly was a financially crippled bricklayer with large debt along with a debilitating mindset and low self worth as he struggled for purpose with a feeling of very little hope of a better life.

However, Ben managed to turn that around in 2 short years through a strong desire to learn, grow and apply all that he learned in facing his fears and identity attachments that held him back.

Ben leads a movement of thousands around the world, speaking to large groups throughout Australia, the US, the UK and Asia sharing the lessons he has learned and the process that helped him to go from a depressed bricklayer unable to voice himself to being able to confidently speak to thousands on how life can change in a moment with a strong growth mindset and a willingness to leave behind what is not in service to your greater self.

His successful network marketing business has allowed him, along with his sister Peta to retire their single mother of four “Christine” and alleviate all of her financial burden. Ben loves travelling the world to lead people to their own empowerment, growth and expansion so they can step into greater expressed versions of themselves.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Ben Kelly.


 

 

 

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6 Ways to Expand Your Consciousness for More Success – Garrain Jones

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Garrain Jones is a powerful transformational leader and speaker who has broken through barriers most would see as impossible.

Every industry he has stepped into he has achieved a high level of success and he continues to expand his network into the millions and networth into the multiple millions because he continues to challenge the way he looks at his potential and his life. He loves teaching others how they can do this too.

In this podcast episode Garrain shares 6 interesting ways to expand your consciousness so you can achieve more success. He also shares a powerful exercise to create clarity and power in your life, this episode is not to be missed.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Garrain Jones.

 

 

 

 

Garrain Jones is the author of “Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life” and is a leader who believes that you can create whatever you believe and that you put your heart and soul into.
 

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

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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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.

 

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

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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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Many of you are running around like mad trying to manage your time. You’re reading productivity hacks, taking cold showers and waking up at 5 am.

You’re doing all of this because you want more time to do what you love.

Let me hit you in the face with one technique that has allowed me to win back time, so I can do what I love.

Stop replying to everyone…

You get emails asking you to do stuff.
You get asked to do an intro.
You get asked to speak at an event for free about your area of expertise.

Here’s the problem:
YOU KEEP RESPONDING TO EVERY REQUEST OF YOUR TIME.


What’s the answer?

The answer is really simple like everything I write. Are you ready?
Stop replying to everyone.

I learned this technique the hard way. When I was looking to interview entrepreneurs in 2014 about their story and share it in the form of a blog post, I didn’t get many replies.

I’d email very successful people who have achieved the impossible and get nothing.

Radio silence.
Donuts.


Why don’t your idols respond to requests for their time?

There’s many reasons.

  1. They have too many requests and could never humanly answer every single one.
  2. They have limited time and can’t fit everybody into their schedule.

The second reason is the most important. Your idols don’t respond because that’s their way of saying no.


No response is the best response.

By responding to every request of your time, you go down the rabbit hole of endless back and forth conversations.

Let me illustrate this point with a short story.

A US startup approached me on LinkedIn and asked me to advise them on their social media strategy. They offered me equity in return for my expertise.

The product was not something that aligned with who I am, and I was heading off to Europe on holidays and had no time to draft a proper reply.

I sent no response to their request.
They messaged me a second time.
I sent no response to their request.

Then, I got sucked into responding. I felt my moral compass telling me to reply and tell them no. On top of that, the startup had a very well known person in the social media industry join them. FOMO kicked in.

I replied and that’s where everything went wrong.

Once I replied to the request I got daily reminders and emails with pitch decks trying to convince me why they were the one startup who could beat Instagram. The claims of how much traction they had got more and more ridiculous.

“Eventually, a simple request of my time turned into a daily debate”

They wouldn’t leave me alone. I began to regret my stupidity for responding in the first place.

If a request of your time doesn’t resonate with you, and you don’t feel like saying “Fuck Yes” when presented with an opportunity, say NO.

Don’t be tempted by a request of your time. 
Say no.


Not replying is what works.

People generally give up after one email or direct message asking for your time. I’ve tested this theory a lot and it has almost always turned out to be true.

As soon as you reply, you become like a lawyer in the High Court trying to defend someone who is accused of murder. Your time is yours. You only get one life.

“You don’t need to justify yourself, your time, or your goals to anybody”

YOU HEAR ME? NOBODY!

The way you win back time and make room for what’s important to you is to fight the temptation to reply to every request that comes your way.

Quit giving away your time like free balloons at a car expo.


You end up making up lies.

The problem with replying to every request of your time is you can end up making up lies to get out of doing something. Or you may end up exaggerating or putting forward excuses that aren’t entirely true.

This causes even more problems for you because if the requester knows people within your network, they may find out you’re not being honest.

Why construct a grand plan that takes more of your time to respond to a request?

It’s easier to say nothing at all.


Silence says it all.

Smart people who ask you for stuff will know that after a week, if you haven’t responded, you’re probably not interested.

Silence is the best response. After all, if someone really wants you to do something they’ll chase you, they’ll follow you up and they may get a mutual connection to intro them to you.

Many pitches and requests are poorly written or incredibly selfish.

Fight back with silence. Don’t reply. Stop replying.


You’re not missing anything.

The temptation to respond can also be caused by the fear that you’re missing out.

Maybe someone is contacting you to fund your idea.
Maybe something you wrote is going to be published in the New York Times.
Maybe the request will lead you to direct a Hollywood Movie.

All of these false ideas are what’s causing you to respond to everybody.You’re worried you could miss the jackpot or your lucky break.

The harsh truth is that these opportunities are earned through hard work.Genuine opportunities that will excite you are clearly articulated and your gut feeling will guide you better than you think.

You’re not going to miss out on winning an Oscar for a movie you made because you didn’t reply to an email”


Not replying isn’t rude.

We feel we must reply to every request of our time. We have a fear that we will be accused of being rude.

This belief is false also. There’s nothing rude about not replying. We all get lots of emails and messages online and we can’t answer them all. People will understand when you don’t reply. If they don’t understand then that’s a problem with them, not you.

Don’t feel you have to reply out of politeness.

<<<>>>

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 millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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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 Relentlessly Live In Your Potential – Ben Kelly

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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Ben Kelly

Millionaire Entrepreneur, Speaker, Trainer and Investor Ben Kelly shares his principles with you for Rapid Transformation.

Ben Kelly was a financially crippled bricklayer with large debt along with a debilitating mindset and low self worth as he struggled for purpose with a feeling of very little hope of a better life.

However, Ben managed to turn that around in 2 short years through a strong desire to learn, grow and apply all that he learned in facing his fears and identity attachments that held him back.

Ben leads a movement of thousands around the world, speaking to large groups throughout Australia, the US, the UK and Asia sharing the lessons he has learned and the process that helped him to go from a depressed bricklayer unable to voice himself to being able to confidently speak to thousands on how life can change in a moment with a strong growth mindset and a willingness to leave behind what is not in service to your greater self.

His successful network marketing business has allowed him, along with his sister Peta to retire their single mother of four “Christine” and alleviate all of her financial burden. Ben loves travelling the world to lead people to their own empowerment, growth and expansion so they can step into greater expressed versions of themselves.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Ben Kelly.


 

 

 

Ben Kelly Quote
 

Continue Reading

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6 Ways to Expand Your Consciousness for More Success – Garrain Jones

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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on

Garrain Jones is a powerful transformational leader and speaker who has broken through barriers most would see as impossible.

Every industry he has stepped into he has achieved a high level of success and he continues to expand his network into the millions and networth into the multiple millions because he continues to challenge the way he looks at his potential and his life. He loves teaching others how they can do this too.

In this podcast episode Garrain shares 6 interesting ways to expand your consciousness so you can achieve more success. He also shares a powerful exercise to create clarity and power in your life, this episode is not to be missed.

 

Click Play below to listen to the podcast episode with Garrain Jones.

 

 

 

 

Garrain Jones is the author of “Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life” and is a leader who believes that you can create whatever you believe and that you put your heart and soul into.
 

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

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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on

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

Continue Reading

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5 Habits Of Radically Authentic Leaders – Malaine Lea

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

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on

Malaine-Lea-Pic

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.

 

Malaine-Lea-Quote

 

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