Perhaps we're aspiring to some big goal. Perhaps, we're finally enjoying the fruits of our efforts. But, at any point in time, fate can intervene. In this chapter, Ryan Holiday tells us about "Failure". How ego is always playing the role in every aspects of our life. Failure. We have many names for these, 'problems, 'sabotage', 'unfairness', 'adversity', 'trials', 'tragedy'. No matter the label, it's a trial. Humankind will face a battle he knows not. And ride a road he knows not.
II. SUCCESS In this chapter, Ryan Holiday emphasizes the bad impact of ego when we are in the peak of the mountain or when we are successes. Remember the cycle of life, from aspiring to success, then it is either you fail or aspire more. In this stage, imagine that you have gained success. So, Holiday reminds us of the worst enemy ever in every path of our journey, which is Ego.
This book is deeply influenced by Stoic philosophy and all the great classical thinkers. The aim of this book is to help you suppress ego early before bad habits take hold, to replace the temptations of ego with humility and discipline when we experience success, and to cultivate strength and fortitude so that when fate turns against you, you’re not wrecked by failure. In short, this book will help us be: 1- Humble in our aspirations 2- Gracious in our success 3- Resilient in our failures