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

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

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For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f*cked 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*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected 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*ck 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*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them truly lead contented, grounded lives.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 3 reviews
Reneiloe Nduna
Good Nuggets of Advice

One self-help book that I was able to bare through and not completely discard or force myself to read to the end. Manson offers nuggets of advice that could be second nature to some but to others are something they need to hear. The book is easy to read, funny and a great reminder to worry less because life is fleeting.

Unconventional and great

I think when it comes to technical self-help books, this is one of the more honest and unflinching examples. It explains in a brutally honest way that all resolution begins with the reparation of the self. His conversational writing style makes it feel as though you're getting advice from a friend, and this unconventional kind of self help feels arguably more essential than more traditional outings

Pratham Patel
Excellent read

There is so much information in this book that I am blown away by it! As a man who speaks the truth and talks about issues that are of direct concern to the lives of all of us, Mark Manson really speaks the truth. In order to get into that state of mind that he is talking about, you need to spend a lot of time, effort, and a great deal of work on yourself. It is easy to fall into a routine and complain about it, but not everyone is willing to break free from it despite complaining about it.

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