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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 2,730 Ratings

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#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

  • Loved this book so much

    5
    By I loooovveeeee iiitttt!!!!!
    Gave me meaning in life and totally made me cry at how real he was. Honestly the best book to read
  • No Stars

    1
    By david bonita
    This book is well written if he wrote it drunk and sitting at a bar ( which it may have been). I read a lot that I don’t agree with but I’ve never read a book and literally hated the author at the end. Perhaps a nice children’s book written by a self admitted drunk who spent his youth high and had to spend his 20s learning what he missed. The story where he actually watched his drunk and high best friend walk to his death and the lesson he learned was to “live for now”. How about the lesson should be to help others who are in peril. Selfish. Incredible. Icky human.
  • Disappointing

    1
    By estoner0
    I have no idea how this got a book deal. There is nothing to be taken away from the book outside of the concepts in which the author has borrowed himself. Do not waste your time.
  • Great read!

    5
    By Gorgeusrayzz
    My fav book of 2018! Love the raw and uncut package of his delivery of his message in this book. One of my top 5 fav books
  • It wasn’t bad, just a little boring

    3
    By Allysysysys
    I was very excited to read this book because of all the hype I’ve heard about it. But it was tough to finish, I was so bored! It did have some good advice about perception. I would still recommend reading for yourself!
  • Simply amazing

    5
    By Lamborghini fanatic
    A fantastic book that will help you understand what you focus on and what you actually should care about. This book has helped me tremendously in my life and I look forward to applying the principles to every situation going forward.
  • Witty. True. Great advice.

    5
    By ENMUjohn
    Witfully written. Comedic. True. Enlightening. Gave me permission to choose what I care about.
  • Kay

    1
    By Boyts4-
    I didn’t read the whole book. I stopped in the middle. The book has great key factors about life. But it’s basically telling how to think, or how his thinking is rather. It rants in about the difference between strong and week people, choices and after 1 problem here comes another one. That’s life. I don’t consider this a great self help book.
  • Wanted it to be better

    3
    By YikyAker12
    I enjoyed reading this in the beginning but a little over half way through, I started to feel that it was just a means for the author to complain about his past life decisions. There are a few points within in that I felt were helpful, but I heard a lot of hype about this book and wanted it to be better.
  • helped me get my life together

    5
    By PocketPowder
    hi, im 17 and i used to be super depressed, self conscious, and angsty. Then i found this book.

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