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*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 mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed by both 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 lead contented, grounded lives.
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Good book. worth listening to. Good advice. Does go against some beliefs, but the author does give great points. I would recommend to the right person, not for everyone.
An entertaining book with substance and wonderful insight. The topics are thought provoking and serious but discussed with realistic situations, some humor, and honesty. I highly recommend!
This was written well—though sometimes I found the anecdotal descriptions a little tedious or obvious.
The book is funny, direct, and for the most part, I agree with a lot of Mark Manson's ideas.
However, after listening to the book once, it seemed like his point was: "Your problems aren't that bad; don't be narcissistic; get over it." But there are some issues that are much more complicated than that—and the cause and/or result of all problems can't just be roped into selfishness, narcissism, and immaturity. Granted, these can be causes/results of behavior, but the view is limited.
In my opinion, this book is helpful for getting through the day to day minutiae and trivial problems we have in relationships and business, and perhaps not in-depth enough for those with more deep-seated issues or trauma.
All in all, this book is worth a read, if not for the entertainment value alone, but also for a crash course in how to not be a big baby about things that don't really matter in the long run. It's a good introduction into some older philosophical and religious concepts as well.
I loved the down- to-earth delivery of some deep and rich content. It left me with a mental picture some GF coins - where there's only so many things in life 'really' worth spending them on.
I have always enjoyed Mark's writing, so I pre-ordered the ebook. But often not having as much time to read as I'd like, I decided to pick up the audio book version. Roger Wayne is fantastic! He didn't just "read" it he was in it. Excellent.
I like Mark's succinct writing style. It's got a lot of Buddhist references in here.
Just a very fluid read, he put emphasis where it needed it, he impersonated voices when it was called for. One of the best narrators I've heard.
If I could have I might have but I did not. But there is a lot to absorb and reflect upon.
An excellent look into life from a rational perspective. Gives a good guide to take off the blinders of positivity and choose what is and is not important to deal with. Also, if you like the book, look into stoic philosophy.
I make car parts for the American working man, because that's what I am, and that's who I care about.
The no-BS approach to Buddhism, paradoxical thinking, and 'letting go'.
Mark Manson's personal experiences; the lifestyles he's lived, the places he's been, and the people he describes. Everything about it echoes known truths, but it's presented in such a comprehensive fashion.
The story about Josh, although brief, tackles the counterintuitive implications of life and death to a tee.
I laughed numerous times. Some of the lesser-known advice was presented in such a humorous, lighthearted manner.
While mirroring Buddhist philosophy within the context of the self-improvement genre might normally be considered overkill, Mark Manson does an exceptional job of demonstrating some of the most important paradoxes therein, and asking the crucial questions that could potentially lead to a more fulfilling existence. Tackling themes such as rejection, anxiety, death, and our society's self-indulgence and sense of self-importance, this book isn't just a reminder not to follow the herd, but to also look within and accept responsibility for one's own shallow desires, addictive personalities, or other roadblocks to a meaningful existence.
This book is one of the better self-help books I've ever read, and the performance was phenomenal as well. I'd gladly read this a second or third time.
Absolutely loved this book. Listened to it twice already. Wasn't a big fan of the fact that lot of the things he said in the book were from his blog articles. It was kinda repetitive since I follow his blog. But overall very satisfied with the book! Thank you Mark!
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