The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

eBook - 2016
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A humorous self-help guide helps readers figure out the things that they should care about to lead contented, grounded lives.
"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 modern 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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperOne, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062457738
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vii, 212 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks


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Dec 29, 2020

I thought it was self indulgent and beyond boring. Stop whining and look for solutions.

Dec 19, 2020

I was enjoying it so well, I bought my own copy without finishing it (13 more people were waiting!)

Nov 19, 2020

Starts off kind of funny but not really a good book and with 3 pages to the end, I left it on the night stand for 3-4 days. Not a strong ending clearly!

Oct 27, 2020

Listen to audio in high speed, to see if would be worth reading in instead. Not worth reading or recommending book.

Sep 24, 2020

This book is pretty nice. It teaches you to stop caring about the stuff that you really don't care about, and start caring about the stuff that you really do care about. For instance, if you care about your parents, start caring more. If you don't care about a certain coworker, just ignore them and don't give a f*ck about them. That's basically the main message in this book.
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Aug 05, 2020

An absolute bore!

Apr 24, 2020

You’re thinking it’s going to be a testosterone-filled, white male rage book of Neanderthal sentences formed into short chapters with a catchy title created explicitly to generate attention, fame and profit. Not all of that is wrong, but as someone who hates reading anything like that, I loved reading this. It was straightforward and funny but not funny like you’re in on the joke or with any inference of “those people” are dumber than you. Lots of self-deprecation, lots of excellent stories of hard-won battles overcome, lessons learned, that sort of thing. The title is a theme that runs through the book, even when it’s a stretch to see how not giving a f*ck is really the point of an otherwise excellent story.

Overall, it was so easy and enjoyable to read, even thought I fought that for the first 50 pages and gave in, feeling like I was learning way more than I was laughing at, or with. And I laughed a lot.

Apr 14, 2020

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. I found that it made me rethink things in my life, my personality, and relationships. I don't agree with all his points, but that's to do with my personal beliefs.

Mar 20, 2020

Not worth reading but at least I got a reading badge for it
This is a self-help guide to reducing your stress levels by choosing to care only about those things that are important to you.
I found this a very odd book to read. In almost every chapter, I found myself disagreeing with his evidence and examples, often thinking they proved the opposite of what he was trying to use them to prove, yet at the same time agreeing with some of the premises. It felt more like he had some solid ideas throughout, just not very well developed. Like, for instance, that we have limited bandwidth to care about things and therefore we should not care about a lot of unimportant stuff (hence the title), finding problems you like to solve (i.e. what you love), prioritizing better values for ourselves in line with what we love, and certainty being an enemy of growth (so you should risk failure more).
Most of his examples are Millenial-style rants, not actual evidence to support his arguments, and it is a lot of work to come to the conclusion "don't sweat the small stuff and it is all small stuff", but with swearing.
I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow him on social media.

Mar 04, 2020

I enjoyed this book. It was witty and made me chuckle a lot. Certainly not for people who might be easily offended with profanity or those that might be more on the pessimistic side. Definitely need an open mind for this one, but I thought it was great and truly made sense on why I am happier and just don't get crazy over crappy life situations like most people do. Life is short and I prefer to not waste it on so much negative energy, hence I why I don't give a F*ck! 😁

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Feb 17, 2020

Not giving a fuck does not mean being indifferent ; it means being comfortable with being different. 

ArapahoeMaryA Mar 13, 2019

Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.

Pain is an inextricable thread in the fabric of life, and to tear it out is not only impossible, but destructive: attempting to tear it out unravels everything else with it.

It turns out that adversity and failure are actually useful and even necessary for developing strong-minded and successful adults.

Aug 25, 2018

"A good life is not a life without problems. A good life is a life with good problems."
“In my experience, the more uncomfortable the answer, the more likely it is to be true.”


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Aug 21, 2019

Coarse Language: This work contains curse words.


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