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10 Main Lessons from Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday, explains how the Ego leads to failure and how it makes it difficult for individuals to maintain success. Last week, I shared 40 Amazing quotes from the book. Today, I’ll share the main lessons from Ryan Holiday’s amazing book.

1.Too Much Talk About Your Work Depletes You

People love talking too much about their work because they are unaware of the negative effect of excessive talk.

Excessive talking decreases insights and provides a false sense of achievement. It also makes you think you’ve worked hard towards your goals.

2.You Must Adopt a Student Mindset

You must adopt a student’s mindset because there’s so much to learn in your career. You adopt a student mindset by striving to learn from everyone and looking for areas to improve on a daily basis. The student mindset allows you to quickly improve your skills and find better methods of working.

3.Attach Yourself to People Who Achieved Success in Your Field

When you associate with people that have succeeded in your field, you’ll be less egotistic because you’ll realize that some people are more skilled than you. Besides, you’ll learn a lot of things – from these individuals – that will lead to quick success.

4.Practice Self-Control on Your Journey to Success

You must practice self-control when pursuing success because bad things will happen on your journey. For instance, many people will treat you poorly, and you’ll be forced to work behind the scenes.

5.The Dangers of Pride

Pride makes you miss opportunities because it prevents you from establishing reliable relationships. Besides, it awakens your negative aspects and eradicates the desire to learn from others.

6.Know What You Want In Life

It’s easier to succeed if you know what you want because this knowledge enables you to avoid distractions. Furthermore, knowing what you want prevents you from desiring what successful people own because you’ll realize that your goal is more important than their possessions.

7.Maintain Your Sobriety When Things Get Better

Maintain sobriety when success starts approaching by avoiding behavior that reinforces the ego. This behavior includes obsessing with your self-image, despising people, desiring better treatment, and over-focusing on your self-anointed importance.

8.Ego Betrays You When Things Get Difficult

Ego prevents you from overcoming difficulty because it focuses on the negative side of difficulties. It also discourages you and provides sensible excuses that prevent you from overcoming difficulty.  As Ryan Holiday puts it, ‘ego says; I knew you couldn’t do it. Why did you ever try? It claims: This isn’t worth. This isn’t fair. This is somebody’s else’s problem. Why don’t you come up with a good excuse and wash your hands of this? It tells us we shouldn’t have to put up with this. It tells us that we’re not the problem.’

9.Choose Alive Time during Failure

During failure, you must choose ‘alive time’ by dedicating every second to improving your skills and using your surroundings to create a better situation.

10.Always Love

Avoid hate because, as Ryan Holiday puts it, ‘it is a cancer that gnaws away at the very vital center of your life and existence.’ Embrace love because it enables you to quickly move on and avoid the distractions associated with investigating the wrongs committed against you.

There are many great lessons from Ego is the Enemy, you must read the book to access them all. Anyway, thanks for reading.

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7 Powerful Lessons from Michael Singer’s Book: The Untethered Soul

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7 Powerful Lessons from Michael Singer’s Book: The Untethered Soul

Michael Singer’s book, The Untethered Soul, provides advice that will help you attain inner peace, know who you are, and be happy regardless of your circumstances. I really loved the book because it enabled me to know how the voices in my head work, and the main source of mental health disorders such as depression and chronic anxiety.

There are many lessons from the book, but I’ll only share with you the seven major lessons from the book.

Enjoy:

1. You Are Not The Voice In Your Head

‘There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind, you are the one who hears it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul

By advising us that we are not the voice in our heads, Michael Singer aims at making us think about who we truly are. Moreover, he aims at making us realize that the voice in our heads cannot cause stress if we know that we are separate from it.

2. Much of What the Inner Voice Says About the Future is Useless

Much of what the inner voice says about the future is useless because life seldom unfolds in accordance with the voice. The sun will continue rising and setting regardless of what the voice says, and life will happen in accordance with greater unimaginable forces regardless of what you think about it.

3. Free Yourself From the Mind and You’ll Be Free of Problems

The main source of our problems is our mind because it overanalyzes the past and the future. For this reason, freeing ourselves from the mind by refusing to emotionally attach to its chatter frees us from our problems.

4. Change is Part of Life

 ‘Life is continuously changing, and if you’re trying to control it, you’ll never be able to fully live it.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul

Change is part of life because things will change whether you like it or not.

The best way to deal with change is to accept it by realizing that it leads to personal growth. If you resist change, you’ll never live fully because you’ll always worry when the unexpected happens or when you think about the possibility of change in the future.

5. Learn to Embrace Pain

If you want to be truly free, you must make peace with pain instead of avoiding it. You must learn to embrace inner pain by realizing that it’s a temporary experience.

Therefore, instead of running away from experiences that can bring inner pain, try to face them and deal with the pain, and it will eventually disappear. By dealing with the pain, you’ll grow because you’ll stop avoiding everything – e.g. failure, rejection, perseverance – that brings pain.

6. You Must Do This if You Want to Be Happy

If you want to be happy, you don’t have to read scriptures or renounce the world. Instead, you must decide to be unconditionally happy, that is, you must decide to be happy with your life regardless of your circumstances.

7. Contemplate Death

‘Learn to live as though you are facing death at all times, and you’ll become bolder and more open.’ – Michael Singer: The Untethered Soul

Contemplating death is important to us because it enables us to detach ourselves from the part of us that is unwilling to let us live to the fullest. Besides, knowing that you are going to die will make you want to live in the present moment because you’ll realize that constantly thinking about the future is foolish since the future is unguaranteed.

Conclusion

I believe you’ve gained powerful insights from Michael Singer’s book. You must read the book to learn more valuable lessons.

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The Vegetable Man, the Animal Man, and the Natural Man: The Ancient Secret Wisdom of the Kabbalah

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The Vegetable Man, the Animal Man, and the Natural Man: The Ancient Secret Wisdom of the Kabbalah

The Kabbalah was a school of thought – in Jewish mysticism – that wanted its members to achieve oneness with the Creator. As well, it encouraged members to discover their full potential and live a fulfilling life. However, it was hidden from the public, and only a few individuals understood its teachings.

For this reason, great authors, for example, Shimon Halevi, have tried to simplify the Kabbalah so that we understand its secret esoteric teachings. In his book, The Way to Kabbalah, Shimon explains the Kabbalah’s teachings in a simple way.

Although the book has several teachings, I loved the teachings about the vegetable man, the animal man, and the natural man, and something forced me to share them with you.

The vegetable man, as Shimon puts it, ‘is any individual that aims at living a secure and regular life with minimal disturbance from outer and inner worlds.’ He dwells at the vegetable level of existence since he is mainly concerned with excreting, reproducing, eating, resting, and breathing. This man chooses the safest path and avoids risky paths because he yearns for security. For this reason, he will die in the city he was born, and he will adhere to his parents’ life plan.

On the other hand, the animal man is an evolved being. He has strong willpower and loves shaking the world with amazing discoveries. Just like an animal that wants something, the animal man will ignore pain so that he achieves his objectives. Moreover, he possesses high levels of perseverance and determination, and as Shimon writes, ‘he has an objective beyond comfort and pleasure.’  This man creates empires and uses his dreams to change the world.

Both the animal and vegetable man have big dreams. The main difference between them is that the animal man fights for his dreams, while the vegetable man chooses security over going through the risky and competitive path of dream chasing.

The natural man possesses the powers of the animal and the vegetable man. He is a powerful being, for he has power over both living and non-living things. Shimon refers to him as ‘The Spearhead of organic life.’ This man knows that he creates his own reality, and understands that the Spirit of God dwelleth in him.

Human beings are destined to be natural men. We were created to rule the earth and gain dominion over everything. Also, we were put here to develop our spiritual, physical, and mental powers to their full potential so that we become gods on this planet.

However, most people act like vegetable men. Although they want to develop into animal and natural men, they are afraid of the narrow path that leads to these states of being. They thus prefer a normal and less risky life. Eventually, they die wishing they worked on evolving into the animal and natural man because they realize that a normal life is a boring and an unfulfilling life.

PEACE BE WITH YOU

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