At the end of my first semester of my final year last December I read a book called '52 Cups of Coffee', by Megan Gebhart.
As a student, she was facing graduation and the uncertainty of what she was to be faced with next in her life. Drawn into this book, I read it eagerly, keen to learn from her inquisitive, undaunted conversations with a fresh face from all walks of life. Each chat, weekly, over a cup of coffee, discussing experiences, and the trials and tribulations they had encountered. For me, I couldn't have read it at a more perfect time; with my graduation around the corner, and being challenged with life's cliff edge, being between university and the working world.
Similarly 'Ego Is The Enemy' is changing my perceptions of how to pursue my life goals in a less egotistical way. I'll admit, during my time at university I was sometimes clouded by competitive thoughts that deterred me from my work, when I should have ignored others successes or projects, focussing solely on my own. Though this isn't necessarily a problem, as healthy competition can fuel our best results; to my advantage in my own work I would strive to test written & filmmaking practices my peers weren't trying or had even thought of. I did find it necessary to fight for my positions, which I'd repeat without a doubt. But from reading Ryan's words, I feel I could have improved more if I'd taken a route to success without the power hungry feeling I craved deep down. My professionalism often hid my craving, so it rarely surfaced, but from his very words, I am thankful to now have a better understanding of how to see, achieve and handle my goals, and possible future successes.
I'm halfway through, looking forward to finishing it, and reading more of @ryanholiday