The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck : by Mark Manson

dav“Who you are is defined by what you’re willing to struggle for.”

I don’t usually don’t entertain myself with self-help books. However, the title of this book aroused my curiosity and its continuously positioning on the main page of Amazon as a best seller, thus furthering my interest to pick it up.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck is truly one of the most ground-shaping nonfiction books I’ve read so far. It will and can change an outlook, a perspective, a life. The idea of not giving a fck is a simple way of reorienting our expectation for life and choosing what is important and what is not. Let’s look at three “ subtleties” that help clarify the matter:

  1. Not giving a f*ck does not mean being indifferent; it means being comfortable with being different.
  2. To not give a f*ck about adversity; you must first give a f*ck about something more important than adversity.
  3. Whether you realize it or not, you are always choosing what to give a fuck about.

This book provides support for the people who want to live in reality, who don’t want to buy into capitalist mindset that life is about chasing one high after another. This book encourages you to embrace your pain as a tool, to be comfortable being uncomfortable, to take responsibility for your own life, stop trying to solve other’s problems and to be confident in finding out what are your true values, then standing up for it.

This book will not teach you how to gain or achieve, but rather how to lose and let go. It will teach you to close your eyes and trust that you can fall backwards and still be okay. It will teach you to give lesser fucks.

I think that this is the closest to reality self-help book I’ve came across, it was simple and “realistic”. I think I would’ve gotten more from this book if I’d read it in my back early 20s, instead of a years later, but I don’t regret reading it now. There were still some good takeaways and I appreciate the “different” perspective provided to get there.

My rating : 4.5/5

1 thought on “The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck : by Mark Manson”

  1. “Let go and loosing” in life is more important then to be possessive in order to gain,being peaceful and happy in life .Name of book and style of review raise curiosity . Your last para suggests power of book and its practical use in life at an early age when a new world is open to you and you are struggling to get the firm ground.It certainly give one strength to give f*ck back. Enjoyed review and straightforwardness.

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