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 10 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


Read when it calls to u5 star

I have known about this book for years, always wanted to read it, never quite got around to buying it.. for whatever reasons now that I’ve read it i can say I am not disappointed Great read.. perfect timing55


Change5 star

I really change my point of you how I see people now55


Fantastic5 star

Great read ! Fantastic55


Very good and fast read5 star

Very good book55


Interesting viewpoint4 star

An interesting read and take on how one might deal with day to day challenges that life brings. While most of the content is obvious, sometimes we forget to remind ourselves of how silly humans, including myself, truly are. Life’s a journey and it’s not about the end game. The path along the way is what we should treasure.45


The Subtle art of making you think and gaining a new perspective5 star

Fresh and thought provoking. Highly recommend.55


Wow!5 star

I literally cried the last chapter… but I don’t give a F. I loved this book!55


An Amazing Book5 star

This book really sunk into my soul. Its a lot to process. It hurts. However, it gives me new things, and perspectives to try into my own life.55


I hate reading but…5 star

I barely read books but this was a good read , a lot of topics to keep in mind which will help you in everyday life55

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Positive Perspective of life and death5 star

This book has truly given me a different insight of both life and death by appreciating both and realizing that one must have a full understanding of death in order to fully live with no guilt and minimal stress. This book also highlights the importance of challenges and being able to overcome those challenges without expecting others to help you.55

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