| David Gane

Ego is the Enemy

Do your work. Do it well. Then "let go and let God." That's all there need to be.

- Ryan Holiday

A Short Review

1. Who wrote it?

Ryan Holiday, who's Obstacle is the Way was a favorite of mine and which I plan to read again this year. He is also an avid reader, and has a list and a newsletter with his recommendations.

2. Why did I pick up this book?

I had read his stuff and liked it, but as I mentioned in an earlier post I found myself struggling with my own issues.

Usually when we write, I spend time trying to get the words and the story right. But it doesn't always work out and when the changes came back from our editors, I had to wrestle with my ego over their words.

3. Did it help me?

In fact, yes, a lot.

The chapter "The Effort is Enough" was a real kick in the butt. My favourite part:

We have only minimal control over the rewards for our work and effort—other people's validation, recognition, rewards. So what are we going to do? Not be kind, not work hard, not produce, because there is a chance it wouldn't be reciprocated? C'mon.

So what was my solution?

It's far better when doing good work is sufficient. In other words, the less attached we are to outcomes the better. When fulfilling our own standards is what fills us with pride and self-respect. When the effort—not the results, good or bad—is enough.

4. Who would I suggest this book for?

It's good for almost anyone (who's ego doesn't get in the way?). But I think you need to be in the right headspace to be willing to learn.

Sorry this was late.

I had a post but it sucked and I had to put this together last moment. Also, my daughter wouldn't shut up talking to me while I wrote it.

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