The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Author: Mark Manson

  • Publication Date: 2016-09-13
  • Category: Self-Improvement
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 4,646 Ratings)


#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be "positive" all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.

For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, s**t is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.


  • S

    By preacher o7
  • Very good

    By Shimton
    This is the first self help book I have ever read and I do not regret reading it. Some good perspectives in here but I would say don’t take everything he says too liberally.
  • Just the from the sample...

    By Leryan
    Tyler Durden. “What’s that smell...?”
  • Amazing

    By Vilekris
    Really eye-opening and revealing. Sometimes you have to hear it even if you don't like what is being said. Amazing book and the messages and concepts are spot on. Thank you
  • Positively Counterintuitive

    By Realkalvin
    This read was very interesting since it forced the reader to change their perspective of what is and is not important. Will be rereading in the near future.
  • self review

    By Brandongian621
    This book really makes you think about yourself and how easily you can improve your own life and make you wonder why you haven’t already
  • It’s the title that makes you buy it.

    By MSLitco
    The book is ok if you get past the first two chapters. The end is more egotistical writer bravado. It’s an read easy book, you can get through it efficiently. So, kudos to the editor for making it a fun read, its the middle that drives the authors message. The books intellectual and make you think through things.
  • Truly new approach and enlightening !

    By blackandwhite
    I’ve read so many “self-help” books and this one spoke to me in a unique way.. This book helps you view life differenly from the straight-up positive thinking approach. It was meant for me at the right time of life… But ultimately… all we’re driven for lies within this book. MUST READ!
  • Amazing

    By DennisTudor
    Perfect, couldn’t ask for better
  • Great life changer

    By lemont2340
    This book really makes you think it addresses so many simple things we tend to forget have a strong impact on our lives.if you’re feeling lost this book will provide you with a titanium foundation.