#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.
This book gave me everything I needed. Although I didn’t change as I read this book I feel as if it will take years to truly master the concepts displayed in the book to come to peace with myself. The message was very clear, straightforward, and funny. This book was raw, and sometimes that’s what people need.55
I liked it better in the first few chapters. Got kinda boring at the end. Still, it is an amazing book. I loved it.45
I really like it, worth to read55
... but not really enough here for a full book. The only salient point I really walked away with is the fact that he’s in love with the sound of his own ideas.15
All I can say is I loved it.55
How good is this book?35
I do like the Authors opinions about being successful. My parents get paid well but they wish they different jobs. My mom hates being a teacher sometimes because of discipline and rudeness their. My dad which wanted to be a game creater but is stuck with helping business websites. I want to be a scientist or a game coder but even life’s a struggle for me because of school and proving that I’m responsible and mature. And I’m trying to fight off my sadness and angry outbursts. Every time I get angry I cry to prevent myself from getting in violent fights. So not give a f$&k about life is only sometimes helpful...35
Starts off interesting, unwinds into subjective concepts most likely taken from the author’s own experiences .25