- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Harper Collins; Int edition (19 January 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062641549
- ISBN-13: 978-0062641540
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.4 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1,716 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck Paperback – 19 Jan 2017
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“Mark’s ability to dig deep and offer amazing, yet counter-intuitive, insight into the challenges of life makes him one of my favorite writers, and this book is his best work yet.” (Matt Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of Travel the World on $50 a Day: Travel Cheaper, Longer, Smarter)
“This book hits you like a much-needed slap in the face from your best friend: hilarious, vulgar, and immensely thought-provoking. Only read if you’re willing to set aside all excuses and take an active role in living a f***ing better life.” (Steve Kamb, bestselling author of Level Up Your Life and founder of NerdFitness.com)
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In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being stronger, happier people is to handle adversity better and stop trying to be “positive” all the time.
For the past few years, Mark Manson—via his wildly popular blog—has been working on correcting our delusional expectations for ourselves and for the world. He now brings his hard-fought wisdom to this groundbreaking book.
Manson makes the argument that human beings are flawed and limited. As he writes, “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—this, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties—once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting painful truths—we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek.
“In life, we have a limited amount of fucks to give. So you must choose your fucks wisely.” Manson brings a much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eyes moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor. This manifesto is a refreshing slap in the face for all of us, so that we can start to lead more contented, grounded lives.See all Product description
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P.S: If you are looking to feel good, this might not be your cup of tea.
Okay. First things first, whether you like the book or not, whether you take anything substantial away from this book or not, whether you implement any wisdom described in the book in your life or not, I think you would definitely enjoy the way this book is written, its language and the general fun feeling of reading through a book, which I would safely put in the genre of ‘Unconventional Wisdom’.
I loved reading this book! I think it’s very relatable, the way the author has described various instances and examples. However, implementing the same attitude in your life might be tricky and difficult. If you can implement it the way the author intends to, I think you would be on your path to a successful life. I think this book is especially useful for people who keep worrying about trivial things way too much. The book will teach you to focus on larger things and don’t care about petty stuff that has no meaning or effect on your life.
The book will also teach you to embrace mediocrity because admit it, not everyone is going to be great. But it also teaches you that such acceptance is the first step towards achieving something better, if not something great.
However, I think the book’s target audience is the younger generation, young adults. The book will make you realize some things which you already know but you couldn’t admit to yourself. Some parts would be extremely funny, just because of the way certain things are described and put together in the book. Some other parts would be really enlightening. Also, there would be times when the author reminisces about his past, which can get slightly boring and dragging, even exaggerated.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
- “People who become great at something become great because they understand that they’re not already great - they are mediocre, they are average - and that they could be so much better.”
- “You always get to choose how you see things, how you react to things, how you value things.”
- “If you’re stuck on a problem, don’t sit there and think about it, just start working on it. Even if you don’t know what you’re doing, the simple act of working on it will eventually cause the right ideas to show up in your head.”
- “You too are going to die, and that’s because you too were fortunate enough to have lived.”
- “Pain, in all of its forms, is our body’s most effective means of spurring action.”
- “Not giving a f does not mean being indifferent, it means being comfortable with being different.”
To conclude, I would recommend this one to my fellow readers (or non-readers). Cheers!
Although a bit lengthy for the content, it sites some very good examples, apart from author's own messed up life, to open our eyes.
The last chapter was intense, thoughtful and all those adjectives, but the real eye-opener which, for me, brought the book from 3 stars to 4 and a must read and totally worth it (of course other chapters were great too, but all those and this 1 put together was great)!
Even if you don't feel like reading the whole book (for it is somewhat lengthy), do not miss the last chapter - there is a very important perspective you'll gain just from that.