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

mikemur81

Wow5 star

I truly enjoyed this book. Manson, has captured some of his lessons learned throughout life. And paints a vivid picture of how everyday trivial occasions do not ultimate define us. Death is always looming, so life should be grooming… grooming us to be all we can be. We never know when it’s time.55

Rob14257

Great book5 star

Great life advice!55

joshy khan

Life changing5 star

It’s crazy how someone can put their thoughts on paper and change the perspective of life for many this is an eye opening book and I feel changed reading this absolutely extraordinary page turner I will suggest this book to anyone with a pair eyes and ears.55

new updated app

Great read5 star

This was a great book overall. I thought it was humorous yet sensitive and filled with a lot of positivity. It’s simple, doesn’t overthink and over complicate.55

Savy_Shoes360

Absolutely love and insightful5 star

10/10 recommend55

Tbowthegreat

Excellent perspective5 star

I tend to be an eternal realist and don’t get too high or low on things. This book has helped me realize the benefits that can bring and the side effects of not caring too much. If you struggle with self criticism then maybe this can help with a healthy perspective!55

roxanarc🤓

Don’t think it twice and read it!5 star

Great book! A must read!55

luiggispodMD

Audiobook version is awesome!!!5 star

narrator makes it incredibly entertaining!55

Sz192

Eye Opening5 star

This book forces you to see the error in your ways, you thinking, your habits, everything about you. It addresses all aspects of life and how you’ve gone through life completely wrong, it makes you think beyond your usual and be honest with yourself. A great read!55

@bree.worthy_

Loved this book!5 star

So good and transparent. I really enjoyed reading this book.55



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