Víctor GeisEgo is the Enemy

Ego is the Enemy

A brief, no fluff, summary of Ryan Holiday’s Ego is the Enemy.

Table of Contents

  1. Self-Reflection
  2. Humility
  3. Resisting Impulsivity
  4. Embracing Criticism
  5. Gratitude
  6. Detachment
  7. Empathy
  8. Persistence
  9. Authenticity
  10. Legacy


  • Regularly examine your motives and actions.
  • Identify and address ego-driven behaviors hindering your progress.


  • True success stems from a humble mindset.
  • Acknowledge there’s always more to learn and room for improvement.

Resisting Impulsivity

  • Avoid decisions solely driven by ego or immediate gratification.
  • Consider long-term consequences and make thoughtful choices.

Embracing Criticism

  • Welcome feedback as growth opportunities.
  • Avoid defensiveness; see criticism as a chance to improve.


  • Practice gratitude.
  • Acknowledge others’ contributions and support.
  • Recognize success is a collective effort.


  • Let go of seeking external validation.
  • Focus on internal fulfillment through meaningful work and personal growth.


  • Develop empathy for others.
  • Recognize everyone faces struggles.
  • Avoid letting ego hinder your ability to connect and support.


  • Embrace perseverance.
  • Learn from failures; view setbacks as opportunities to learn and grow.


  • Be true to yourself and values.
  • Avoid creating a false image.
  • Authenticity builds genuine connections and trust.


  • Shift focus from personal glory to creating a lasting, positive impact.
  • Aim to leave a meaningful legacy benefiting others.