Podcasts & Interviews for Ego is the Enemy
Ego is the Enemy came out exactly three months ago and I want to thank you for your support. The book was an immediate Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller (it also hit a few lists abroad) as well as receiving 4.6 out of 5 stars on Amazon with nearly 300 reviews so far. I want to thank you again for your support and especially the many of you who took part of the preorder campaign. I’m blown away by the support you all gave the book and I am having a wonderful time finishing the strategy calls with many of you who preordered more than 50 copies of the book.
Aside from the preorder campaign and the usual press around a book launch, I was interviewed at a number of podcasts and I thought I’d put a list together of some my favorite ones:
[*] I did a podcast with Dr. Michael Gervais of the Seahawks. As I said when the episode came out, it was like a 2 hour therapy session.
[*] My friend Lewis Howes interviewed me for his show and you can watch the entire episode below:
[*] I was in the UK promoting the book and had my second appearance on London Real:
[*] Tim Ferriss not only interviewed me but also posted two chapters from the audiobook on his podcast as he holds the audio rights to the book.
[*] I was also interviewed by Jordan Harbinger from the Art of Charm.
[*] Back in May I had the pleasure to be interviewed by Brian Koppelman (the screenwriter behind Ocean’s Thirteen, Rounders, Billions, etc.) for his podcast The Moment.
[*] Mitch Joel also had me over for the Six Pixels of Separation podcast.
[*] It was my second appearance on Rich Roll’s podcast (the first one was during the launch of The Obstacle Is the Way).
[*] I also got to sit down and chat with my friend Aubrey Marcus (the man behind Onnit):
[*] Scott Barry Kaufman from the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania interviewed me for The Psychology Podcast.
[*] The hilarious and amazing guys behind the ETC Show invited me for an interview. Watch below:
[*] I also had the opportunity to chat with Russ Robert from EconTalk who also happens to be the author of one of my favorite books, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life.
[*] I had an amazing chat with James Altucher on his podcast and our conversation after the episode inspired my piece on envy and jealousy.
[*] I want to thank Todd Henry from The Accidental Creative for inviting me for a second round for his podcast.
[*] Few weeks before the book came out, Gerard Adams came over and we filmed a little segment for Leaders Create Leaders. You can watch below:
[*] The Art of Manliness is one of my favorite sites out there (I have written a number of pieces for them) and you can listen to our interview together.
[*] I also had great conversations with both Brian Johnson and Shane Parrish for their respective shows.
[*] I was lucky to go back and speak at Google again and you can watch my entire presentation below:
[*] I collaborated with FightMediocrity for this animated prologue of the book:
[*] I also had a great chat with Nathan Chan from Foundr magazine.
[*] I had the honor to make an appearance and join Maddox on his podcast.
[*] Julien Blanc interviewed me for his YouTube channel and you can watch below:
[*] I was also on NPR’s On Point with guest host Sacha Pfeiffer.
[*] I was at the NASDAQ offices where we recorded a short interview about the book.
[*] I want to thank Ryan Hawk for inviting me for a second round for his show The Learning Leader.
[*] Thanks to Mark Divine for interviewing me for his podcast, The Unbeatable Mind.
[*] Anthony Iannarino had me over for his podcast, In The Arena.
[*] It was great to chat with John Lee Dumas on Entrepreneur on Fire.
[*] Thanks to Fab Mackojc for inviting me for an interview for his podcast, The Journey.
[*] Thanks to David Kadavy for inviting me as well!
Thanks to everyone for having me and if I missed anyone let me know and I’ll add them to the list.
Just wondering, have you thought much about the use of psychedelics in dissolving the ego? What experience with hallucinogens do you have?
Six Pixels of Separation!
I just finished listening to your interview on the Unbeatable Mind podcast with Mark Divine. It was fantastic!
I guess I have my podcasts of the week sorted out! Can’t wait to listen to these.
You’re brilliant and so inspiring, Ryan. The Obstacle is the Way & Ego is the Enemy have each impacted my life for the better. Cannot wait to make a presentation to our Organizational Behavior graduate class on your work.
I loved the Tim Ferriss interview! Great stuff Ryan!
Bought the book in question a couple weeks ago; been systematically working through these interviews in the same week I was reading it. Interesting to see the same ideas presented to different people—and how well they stand up to those who seem inclined to disagree (the impression I got from Russ Robert to an extent). Fascinating as well to witness an object lesson in marketing—someone trying to pick your brain on a project (Nathan Chan’s passionate coffee book idea). I’ve just finished the book, but not done knocking off this list. Having the key points reiterated in slightly different contexts works really well in driving it home; it’s made inroads and changed my default mode of thinking in a lot of situations. The lessons work really well in tandem with the Obstacle book. Slightly dazed but amazed at how much more centered it’s made me. Still have a ways to go, but the prospect strikingly doable now with this changing the long-term game plan.
Thanks for doing what you do, man.
From what I remember in intro psych; the Freudian “ego” is just one of three levels of “self”: the Id, the Ego, the Superego.
The Id is the animal brain, driven by impulses, motivated by immediate gratification of base needs. The Superego is the moral ideal that’s formed by our family and culture’s ethical code, the model of a higher, nobler self we strive to reach. The Id and Superego are in constant internal warfare, and the role of the Ego (the “I”) is that of the rational mediator trying to compromise between the two and bring balance. The Ego’s inability to make either or both sides happy results in some psych disorder or other.
The non-Freudian, colloquial definition you give in your book seems to be Freud’s Ego siding with the Id, deluded, while thinking itself as having reached Superego status. Just a thought.