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40 Powerful Quotes from Ego is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday

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Ryan Holiday’s, Ego is the Enemy, is a wonderful book that teaches the importance of humility in the journey of success. It also helps readers understand the negative-effects of the ego, and the importance of focusing on the long-term. I fell in love with the book and noted down the following powerful quotes.

  1. ‘Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, your worst enemy already lives inside you; your ego.’
  2. ‘The ego we see most commonly goes by a more casual definition: an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition.’
  3. ‘Ego is when the notion of ourselves and the world grows so inflated that it begins to distort the reality that surrounds us.’
  4. ‘The performance artist Marina Abramovic puts it directly; “If you start believing in your greatness, it’s the death of your creativity.”
  5. ‘What is rare is not raw talent, skill, or even confidence, but humility, diligence, and self-awareness.’
  6. ‘We will learn that though we think big, we must act and live small in order to accomplish what we seek.’
  7. ‘Although we share with many others a vision for greatness, we understand that our path toward it is very different from theirs.’
  8. ‘Almost universally, the kind of performance we give on social media is positive. It’s more “Let me tell you how well things are going. Look how great I am” It’s rarely the truth: I’m scared, I’m struggling. I don’t know.”
  9. ‘Anyone can talk about himself or herself. Even a child knows how to gossip and chatter. Most people are decent at hype and sales. So what is scarce and rare? Silence. The ability to deliberately keep yourself out of the conversation and subsist without its validation. Silence is the respite of the confident and strong.’
  10. ‘Doing great work is a struggle. It’s draining, it’s demoralizing, it’s firefighting – not always, but it can feel that way when we’re deep in the middle of it.’
  11. ‘The only relationship between work and chatter/talk is that one kills the other.’
  12. ‘Being promoted doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing good work and it doesn’t mean you are worthy of promotion (they call it failing upward in such bureaucracies).’
  13. ‘This is what the ego does. It crosses out what matters and replaces it with what doesn’t.’
  14. ‘If a fighter is not capable of learning and practicing every day, if he is not relentlessly looking for areas of improvement, examining his own shortcomings, and finding new techniques to borrow from peers and opponents, he will be broken down and destroyed.’
  15. “It is impossible to learn that which one thinks one already knows,” Epictetus says. “You can’t learn if you think you already know.”
  16. ‘To become what we ultimately hope to become often takes long periods of obscurity, of sitting and wrestling with some topic of paradox. Humility is what keeps us there, concerned that we don’t know enough and that we must continue to study. Ego rushes to the end, rationalizes that patience is for losers (wrongly seeing it as a weakness), and assumes that we’re good enough to give our talents a go in the world.’
  17. ‘Clear the path for the people above you and you will eventually create a path for yourself.’
  18. ‘When you are just starting out, we can be sure of a few fundamental realities; 1) You’re not nearly as good or as important as you think you are; 2) You have an attitude that needs to be readjusted; 3) Most of what you think you know or most of what you learned in books or in school is out of date or wrong.’
  19. ‘More than purpose, we also need realism. Where do we start? What do we do first? What do we do right now? How are we sure that what we’re doing is moving us forward? What are we benchmarking ourselves against?’
  20. ‘Those who have subdued their ego understand that it doesn’t degrade you when others treat you poorly; it degrades them.’
  21. ‘You need only to care about your career to understand that pride – even in real accomplishments- is a distraction and a deluder.’
  22. ‘Pride blunts the very instrument we need to own in order to succeed; our mind. Our ability to learn, to adapt, to be flexible, to build relationships, all of this is dulled by pride.’
  23. ‘Pride takes a minor accomplishment and makes it feel like a major one.’
  24. ‘Benjamin Franklin spent a lifetime battling against his pride, because he understood that pride would make it much harder.’
  25. ‘Ego is a wicked sister of success.’
  26. ‘What is truly ambitious is to face life and proceed with quiet confidence in spite of the distractions.’
  27. ‘No matter what you have done up to this point, you better still be a student. If you’re not still learning, you’re already dying.’
  28. ‘It’s not enough only to be a student at the beginning. It is a position that one has to assume for life. Learn from everyone and everything. From the people you beat, and the people who beat you, from the people you dislike, even from supposed enemies.’
  29. ‘It’s time to sit down and think about what’s truly important to you and then take steps to forsake the rest. Without this, success will not be pleasurable, or nearly as complete as it could be. Or worse, it won’t last.’
  30. ‘Ego needs honors in order to be validated. Confidence, on the other hand, is able to wait and focus on the task at hand regardless of external recognition.’
  31. ‘Creativity is a matter of receptiveness and recognition. This cannot happen if you’re convinced the world revolves around you.’
  32. ‘Most successful people are people you’ve never heard of. They want it that way. It keeps them sober. It helps them do their jobs.’
  33. ‘Do your work. Do it well. Then “let go and let God.” That’s all there needs to be.’
  34. ‘Most trouble is temporary, unless you make that not so.’
  35. ‘A person who judges himself based on his standards doesn’t crave the spotlight the same way as someone who lets applause dictate success.’
  36. ‘A person who can think in the long term doesn’t pity herself during short-term setbacks.’
  37. ‘In failure or adversity, it’s so easy to hate. Hate defers blame. It makes someone else responsible. It’s a distraction too; we don’t do much else when we’re busy getting revenge or investigating the wrongs that have supposedly been done to us.’
  38.  ‘All great men and women went through difficulties to get to where they are, all of them made mistakes. They found within those experiences some benefit – even if it was simply the realization that they were not infallible and that things would not always go their way. They found that self-awareness was the way out and through – if they hadn’t, they wouldn’t have gotten better and they wouldn’t have been able to rise again.’
  39. ‘When we lack a connection to anything larger or bigger than us, it’s like a piece of our soul is gone.’
  40. ‘Instead of letting power make us delusional and instead of taking what we have for granted, we’d be better to spend our time preparing for the shifts of fate that inevitably occur in life. That is, adversity, difficulty, and failure.’

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15 Life-Changing John Cena Quotes

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15 Life-Changing John Cena Quotes

John Cena is a professional wrestler and actor who once lived in his car and cleaned toilets for a living. He is a humble celebrity and many people love him. Recently, a South African rapper released a song named John Cena, and Cena avoided taking legal action against her because he didn’t want to take her efforts away.

Anyway, besides watching him fight and act, I love listening to his life-changing pieces of advice.

Here are his top pieces of advice about life and success.

  1. ‘I have often said a man’s character is not judged after he celebrates victory but by what he does when his back is against the wall. So no matter how great the setback, how severe the failure, you never give up. You pick yourself up, you brush yourself off, you push forward, you move on, you adapt, you overcome. That is what I believe.’
  2. ‘Surround yourself with wonderful people, be willing to learn, be willing to be humbled, and good stuff will happen.’
  3. ‘Don’t waste time and energy over the uncontrollable.’
  4. ‘To succeed I had to believe every night that I am the best.’
  5. ‘I’ve never been closed-minded to anyone’s opinion because you can learn from everybody.’
  6. ‘Take what you have and make it something great.’
  7. ‘No matter what you do, be yourself, and love what you do.’
  8. ‘Failure has made me who I am today. Failure gives you two choices, you stay down or you get up.’
  9. ‘Always try to do what you love. It’s always possible. It’s just a matter of sacrifice.’
  10. ‘I took risk, after risk, after risk.’
  11. ‘Check for your knob, and if you can find a knob it’s your door.’
  12. ‘Never give up. I have failed tens of thousands of times.’
  13. ‘If you don’t learn from your mistakes, they become regrets.’
  14. ‘The reason I have got to the finish line only a few times through all that failure is because through that failure I got back up.’
  15. ‘The future shows a lot of promise, but I think we should focus on the now.’
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17 Enlightening Bob Marley Quotes

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17 Enlightening Bob Marley Quotes

Bob Marley was a famous reggae musician who died in 1981. According to many news sources, cancer was the cause of Bob Marley’s death. However, conspiracy theorists believe Bob Marley was assassinated by the elite because of his revolutionary lyrics. According to them, the elite feared Bob Marley’s lyrics would awaken the masses by providing them with enlightening knowledge.
This article provides you with 17 enlightening Bob Marley Quotes.

  1. ‘The way you’ve been taught about the Bible is not the way of the Bible.’
  2. ‘The greatest thing is the life we are dealing with, but the preachers tell you that you have to die to go to heaven.’
  3. ‘The Bible tells you that you have to live in heaven. Therefore, you don’t have to die and go to heaven.’
  4. ‘My life is only important if I can help many people.’
  5. ‘I don’t come to bow; I come to conquer.’
  6. ‘In everything you are going to do, there is a wrong way and a right way. And if you listen good, you will know the right way.’
  7. ‘Every law is illegal; every government upon the face of the earth today is illegal.’
  8. ‘People drink a lot of alcohol, and they get drunk. When you get drunk, you don’t meditate. You’re just drunk, and you feel miserable. But when you smoke, it makes you cool, and stimulates your mind.’
  9. ‘What people do with their lives, I don’t know, but I know what I do with my own life.’
  10. ‘School doesn’t teach people about their true history and where mankind came from.’
  11. ‘They tell you that people come from monkey. How come the monkey doesn’t change any more.’
  12. ‘It’s a very tricky world. You got to be yourself.’
  13. ‘Truth is everyone is going to hurt you; you just gotta find the ones suffering for.’
  14. ‘My music fights against the system that teaches to live and die.’
  15. ‘‘Some people feel the rain, others just get wet.’
  16. ‘The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.’
  17. ‘Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds.’

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