Overcome Your Ego with Ryan Holiday


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How many times have you let your ego get the better of you?

I know I have too many times to count.

And it seems like the more I learn about it, the more fascinating it becomes to me.

But that doesn’t mean I’ve mastered my ego yet.

That’s why I love talking to my good friend Ryan Holiday. He has been studying and writing about Stoic philosophy for years, so he knows a lot about ego.

In fact, he just wrote a book about it.

I had to have him back on The School of Greatness for his second episode so we could talk about the best strategies for understanding and mastering ego.

We also got into how ego is tied to purpose and why so many people get distracted by following their passion.

This was especially interesting because so many people talk about how finding your passion is the most important thing. But Ryan turns this around.

Get ready to think about your ego and your purpose in a whole new way in Episode 352.

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“You’ve got to cultivate people around you who are not afraid to tell you the truth.”

Some questions I ask:

  • Why is it so hard for us to get over our differences with people? (7:01)
  • When’s a moment in your life that ego ruined you the most? (12:00)
  • What’s the line between confidence and ego? (16:36)
  • Why are humility and reality the cure for the symptoms of ego? (18:40)
  • Why do you say not to be passionate? (23:40)
  • How do you get out of your own head? (32:33)
  • Where have you seen my ego get in the way of my life? (40:00)

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Ryan’s definition of what ego is (5:53)
  • The danger of thinking you know more than you actually do (13:10)
  • How telling the truth can put you in a position of power (21:30)
  • The steps to finding your purpose (25:20)
  • Why thinking small is often the best way to start (34:03)
  • Plus much more…




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