Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck is book psychology book full of foul words and useful tips. I really enjoyed reading it and saw a lot of links between this book and 12 Rules of Life by Jordan B. Peterson.

Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson


Title & Author: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Genre: Nonfiction, Psychology
Release date: September 13 2016
Series: Standalone
Publisher: HarperCollins


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, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason 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.

I give The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson five out of five hearts. I really enjoyed reading this book finally. It has been on my shelves since it came out two years ago.

Mark Manson’s writing is a bit rough every so often. There is a lot of foul words like fuck in there and such, but if you can read beyond those words I think he does has a good point with this book.

I have read 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson already and the two books are very comparable. Where Mark’s book is more on a small select group of rules your life will in improve by, Jordan’s is broader and maybe less deep on each of them.

I think people would have much better lives if they lived more according to these rules. I have noticed an improvement in my own life and you don’t even have to do much with the info in these books, just be more aware of these things helps already a lot. I would love it if either The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck or 12 Rules for Life would be a school book, it would do so much for our society.

Let me know what you thought of this book!
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For now, let books enrich your life!


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