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 5,027 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

  • Best book i’ve ever read

    5
    By Lam3 Rence
    I’ve recommended this book to everyone I genuinely care about! I learned something new that’ll help me in life on every single page. I can truly say after reading this book i’ve become a much better person and now have a much more positive outlook on life
  • Very Funny, but very true!

    5
    By Musicmoore
    I purchased this book a few months ago for a plane ride after I realized I was spending too much time and energy on people and situations that didn't matter. I didn't expect this book to provide so much insight to my life and my current situation. It may anger a lot of people, which is understandable especially after finishing the book, but it is very true and digs deep into who we are and our values as humans. I would definitely recommend this read, even with the amount of profanity. I personally found it funny, but if that's something you like to avoid then avoid this one, but do it at the risk of missing great points and new ways of thinking.
  • Not great

    1
    By Audee1213
    Really poorly written with completely underdeveloped theme and philosophy could not finish...
  • Wow

    5
    By bertinoma
    This book is a slap in the face, in the best way possible. It is a wake up call, and it opened my mind to a huge realization. A must read...
  • Amazing Book

    5
    By fookieangels
    This book had a great impact on me. Especially, when it came to life decisions and facing life difficulties. If you’re planning to read something that’ll help you. This is the one.
  • Great read

    5
    By john91706
    This book really makes you think about your whole life. It puts a lot of things into perspective. Must read great book to try and find yourself.
  • Fantastic

    5
    By Queenaminat
    Really enjoyed reading this book. Very funny yet profound. Thank you.
  • 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.

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