The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Summary

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

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, 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**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.

Book Reviews


Eye opener…5 star

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Really one of the best I’ve ever read. An absolute must read no matter what stage of life you may be in.55


Shoots From the Hip5 star

No punches pulled; Loved the style and content. Really resonated with me.55

Am book reader

Must reading!5 star

A how to guide for navigating modern life. Seriously the best book i’ve read in years.55


Makes so much sense5 star

Read it55


Great book4 star

Practical and easy to understand.45


What did I just read?2 star

There were some good points yet at times it rambles.25

PB Meera

Worth reading4 star

Excellent .45


perspective5 star

10/10 would recommend reading this, it completely changed my perspective on the way i live and the choices i make55


Catchy title4 star

I give the book a letter grade of a B. It has some true gems of wisdom but overall I felt that the author wasn’t providing as much substance as I was looking for.45


🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽5 star

This books really makes you think, think deeper about thing you care about and don’t care about. This book helped me realize I need to loosen up a little and live more. Be yourself.55

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