Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson Books

A counterintuitive approach to living a good life, a superstar blogger and former dating coach show us that the key to being stronger, being happier is just to stop trying to be “positive” all the time.

Since the past few years, Mark Manson via his wildly popular blog working on emotional and relationship problems. He now brings his wisdom to this groundbreaking book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck.”

Book Title: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Author: Mark Manson

Format/Language: Paperback/English

Publisher:  Harper Collins; Int edition (19 January 2017)

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Book Blurb: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck – Mark Manson Books

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. “Fuck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is fucked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugar-coat 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.

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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 fuck 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 the 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.

Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson Books

This book hits you like a much-needed slap in the face. It’s hilarious and vulgar at the same time. It’s immensely thought-provoking. Only read this book if you’re willing to set aside all excuses and take an active role in living a f***ing better life. The title of the book seems perfect to me and I loved the writing style of the author.  I felt like as the author was conversating with me.

While reading this book I gained that happiness lies in not caring too much about everything. Once you give up the need to feel exceptional and be positive and happy all the time, as well as your fear of failure, you will be better.

A line from the book which took my mind was “The world is constantly telling you that the path to a better life is more, more, more buy more, own more, make more, f*ck more, be more”

As Manson says, what determines your success is not what you enjoy or what you want but how much suffering you’re willing to sustain to achieve your dream.

Using his own life as an example in the book, Manson talks about how the pressure to be Unique ( exceptional) from the surroundings led him to drugs and serial womanizing. When he realized that neither he nor his problems were special than he focused on his work and become an entrepreneur. He credits all his success to his lack of fear of failure.

“Improvement at anything is based on thousands of tiny failures, and the magnitude of your success is based on how many times you’ve failed at something. If someone is better than you at something, then it’s likely because she has failed at it more than you have. If someone is worse than you, it’s likely because he hasn’t been through all the painful learning experiences that you have,” he writes.

Overall, I found this book as master key of self-helping guide and accepting yourself the way what you are; the fact that cannot be denied that success comes to those who keep suffering from failures but do not run away from the outcomes.

Moreover, it’s written beautifully and it’s quite engaging. These insightful and funny perspectives on life are what make the book worth reading it. It’s full of breezy advice. Books success lies in the fact that it’s all very conversational, and so easy to digest.



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