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 7,978 Ratings)

Summary

#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, shit 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.

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  • Greatness

    5
    By Gray990$
    Best book I’ve ever read
  • Choose Carefully.

    5
    By Nick Gransaull
    Excellent read. Focus on what is truly important and what legacy you want to leave, what difference you want to make to this project called humanity. Thank you.
  • Must read!

    5
    By Dcadams007
    I think this should be required reading for college freshmen.
  • Surprised

    5
    By ineedareed
    I liked this one. Witty and insightful. Definitely worth it.
  • Very complex

    4
    By Zchery Parracino
    Good book, a lot of high lighting. Will need to reread and refer back to chapters to have a better understanding
  • Interesting Title, Surprising Interest

    5
    By CMJJCE
    This book has an entertaining way to address “life” and what you may think is important and how to “fine tune” that for a fulfilling life. Makes one reflect in a simple way, not in a way that makes you turn your back or resist. The author shares stories about real-life people and outcomes along with his “take” on how results could have been better, for the purpose of yielding a life with accountability and success.
  • I’ve been struggling..

    5
    By Tynetta26
    When you feel the most alive is near death... I’m no longer struggling as much to understand what’s up in my head. Thanks
  • Worth reading

    5
    By Aa312539/
    This book absolutely worth reading! You won't regret spending time reading it, the whole idea of the book is about telling you how to deal with your life's values. It doesn't give you fake inspirational sentences. when you read it you will face reality as it is, which i found it really cool.
  • Yup

    5
    By Kidpacer
    This is the one
  • Hard start, but worth it

    4
    By 333lucky333
    After reading the first few pages, I almost abandoned this book. It wasn’t what I wanted to read. Somewhere in the second chapter, I realized it was what I needed to read. Finishing the book confirmed it. It has pearls of wisdom tucked in between unconventional words and stories. The writing is rough at times, but worth the struggle.

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