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

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson

  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 4,661 Ratings

Description

#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.

Reviews

  • Important Advice for the Superficial and Easily Fooled

    3
    By EchoWhiskeyBravo
    If you are someone who obsesses about what others have, what you think they have, your perception of their relationships and how you're just not worthy because you can't acquire/achieve what you think others have, then you should read this. It contains great advice for learning how to not care about others' perceived accomplishments. If that sort of thing is stressing you out, then this would be a very worthwhile read. If you are confident in your own abilities and accomplishments, acquiring and reading this book might not be a good use of your time. For example, if you purchase a camera, a car, clothing, etc. because its what *you* want, then you have already accomplished much of what this book is about. However, if you constantly purchase items because you feel that it is what is necessary to impress people that you don't even know well, then you definetly need this book.
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    5
    By preacher o7
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  • Very good

    5
    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...

    3
    By Leryan
    Tyler Durden. “What’s that smell...?”
  • Amazing

    5
    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

    5
    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

    5
    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.

    3
    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 !

    5
    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

    5
    By DennisTudor
    Perfect, couldn’t ask for better