You may not have time to read an whole book but I have good news. Many authors do promotional interviews and talks where they discuss the main points of their book.
Additionaly, there is a thriving community of content creators that create book review blogs and YouTube vidoes. For many of the books I read, I find I can get a good feel for about half it’s content in less than 10% of the time.
The Ego is the Enemy audiobook clocks in at about seven hours whereas the content of this post takes about thrity minutes — around 7% of the time.
Animated Book Sample
from Fight MediocrityTime: 9:47
fightmediocirity is a Youtuber who creates animated book reviews. For Ego is the enemy he animated a sample from the Audiobook read by Ryan Holiday.
From Brian JohnsonTime: 12:39
Brian Johnson creates tons of ridiculously great content including thorough book reviews that he calls Philosopher’s Notes. I watch pretty much every Philospher’s Note TV episode he creates.
from Paul MinorsI just discovered Paul Minors book reviews while researching this post. He basically created a modern Cliff Notes for Ego is the Enemy using text directly from the book. It’s a short read (maybe 10 minute).
Get the book!
The book is packed with many more stories and examples that highlight and elucidate the many faces of ego. If you’re interested, get the book through my Amazon link or wherever you usually get books.
If you want more
You now have a taste of at least half the ideas from Ego is the Enemy in about 7% of the time. But there is so much more good content. If you have some more time, checkout these great interviews and talks with Ryan Holiday.
Talk at Google
Google has a Talks at Google video series where they invite all kinds of people like authors, actors, technologist, etc. to give talks on their area expertise. This is Ryan Holiday’s talk at Google on Ego is the Enemy
Time: 47 minutes
The Tim Ferriss Show
from Tim Ferriss
I watch, listen, and read pretty much everything Tim Ferriss creates — including every episode of his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. Tim is also deeply into stoic philosophy and previously interviewed Ryan on his podcast to talk about The Obstacle is the Way. This time around Tim put up two podcast with Ryan. The first one is the standard format where Tim interviews Ryan. And the second is a sample from the Ego is the Enemy audiobook.
I really enjoy the long interview format of Tim’s podcast but I don’t usually have an hour and a half to listen to in one sitting. Most of these podcast are available for download either through iTunes or any podcast app like Downcast which is what I use. Enjoy!
Interview with Ryan Holiday
Sample chapter: Whats Important
The School of Greatness Podcast
From Lewis Howes
Lewis Howes recently released a book called The School of Greatness after creating an incredible podcast with guests like Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, Daymond John, and Ariana Huffington. He’s just a fantatstic human being and he’s in a perfect position to teach others how to be great.
Watch his interview with Ryan Holiday about Ego is the Enemy. It’s also avialable to download via iTunes and whatever podcasting apps you use.Time: 1:03:22
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About the author
Ryan Holiday is a media strategist and prominent writer on strategy and business. After dropping out of college at nineteen to apprentice under Robert Greene, author of The 48 Laws of Power, he went on to advise many bestselling authors and multiplatinum musicians. He served as director of marketing at American Apparel for many years, where his campaigns have been used as case studies by Twitter, YouTube, and Google and written about in AdAge, the New York Times, and Fast Company.