Why Successful Osteopaths Master Their Ego

Reading this book will make you realise how important it is to know how and why successful osteopaths master their ego so you can too.

The crucial role of ego awareness as osteopaths

Navigating the world of osteopathy requires more than just clinical expertise; it demands self-awareness and the ability to tame our egos.

In Ryan Holiday’s book, “Ego is the Enemy,” we’re confronted with the danger of ego-driven decisions and reminded of the significance of humility, stillness and learning from failure.

Let’s delve into the lessons from book and explore how osteopaths can apply them to create lasting success.

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Recognising the limits of knowledge

Holiday highlights the dangers of having an overly ambitious ego and using it to fuel your goals. He suggests that it’s essential to remain humble and maintain a student mentality to continue growing and achieving success.

As osteopaths, we can apply this lesson by recognising the limits of our knowledge and seeking out new learning opportunities to continue developing our skills and providing the best care for our patients.

No matter how experienced we become, there is always room for growth. Actively seek opportunities to expand your knowledge and skillset. Attend CPD conferences, participate in workshops and engage in continuous professional development to stay ahead of the curve and enhance your ability to help your patients effectively.

The power of stillness

Ego is the Enemy discusses the importance of stillness in personal and professional growth. The author suggests that practicing stillness can help us reflect on our actions and avoid making ego-driven decisions.

As osteopaths, we can apply this lesson by taking time to reflect on our patient experiences and clinical decisions to avoid making decisions driven by ego.

Embrace reflection

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, finding moments of stillness can be a challenge. However, it is in these moments that we can truly reflect on our actions, decisions and interactions.

By intentionally creating space for reflection, we give ourselves the opportunity to evaluate our approach to patient care, identify areas for improvement and make adjustments accordingly.

Reflection allows us to detach from the ego’s desire for recognition and instead focus on the needs of our patients. It’s through introspection that we gain valuable insights and develop a deeper understanding of our practice.

Make mindfulness a practice

Mindfulness is the art of being fully present in the moment, with a non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts, feelings and actions. By incorporating mindfulness into our daily routines, we can cultivate greater self-awareness, both within and outside of our clinical practice.

Mindfulness helps us stay attuned to our patients’ needs, allowing us to provide tailored and empathetic care.

It also enables us to make more conscious decisions, free from the influence of ego-driven biases.

By practicing mindfulness, we create a foundation for authentic connections with our patients and a more fulfilling professional experience.

Learning from failure

Holiday makes a considerable point of underlining the importance of learning from failure and accepting it as a part of the learning process. He challenges us that our ego can prevent us from learning from failure and making the necessary adjustments.

Osteopaths can apply this lesson by reflecting on our past clinical failures and using them to adjust our future clinical practice and provide a better patient experience.

Embrace failure as a teacher

In a society, and sometimes profession, that often stigmatises failure, it can be challenging to view it as anything other than a setback. However, failure is an inherent part of the learning process.

When we embrace failure as a teacher, we shift our perspective and see it as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement.

Each clinical failure offers valuable insights into our practice, highlighting areas where we can enhance our skills, knowledge or approach.

By reframing failure as a stepping stone on our journey to excellence, we become more resilient and better equipped to provide exceptional care.

Adapt and evolve

The ability to adapt and evolve is essential for success in the ever-changing field of osteopathy.

Learning from our failures allows us to make necessary adjustments to our clinical approach. It may involve refining our techniques, seeking additional training or adopting new evidence-based practices.

By continuously adapting and evolving, we can provide our patients with the highest standard of care, staying abreast of emerging research and advancements in our field.

Embracing a growth mindset and being open to change allows us to thrive in our practice and foster long-lasting patient relationships.


In Ryan Holiday’s “Ego is the Enemy,” we’re reminded that the ego can be a significant roadblock to success.

By embracing humility, recognising the limits of our knowledge, practicing stillness and learning from failure, we can tame our egos and unlock our true potential as osteopaths.

Written by Alan Zaia M.Ost

Founder & CEO of Osteohustle. You’ll find Alan coaching osteopaths, travelling in a van or writing our weekly newsletter, The Hustle.

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