The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

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      “Resilience, happiness and freedom come from knowing what to care about–and most importantly, what not to care about. This is a masterful, philosophical and practical book that will give readers the wisdom to be able to do just that.” — Ryan Holiday, New York Times bestselling author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy

      “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

      “The opposite of every other book. Don’t try. Give up. Be wrong. Lower your standards. Stop believing in yourself. Follow the pain. Each point is profoundly true, useful, and more powerful than the usual positivity. Succinct but surprisingly deep, I read it in one night.” — Derek Sivers, Founder of CD Baby and author of Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

      “An in-your-face guide to living with integrity and finding happiness in sometimes-painful places… This book, full of counterintuitive suggestions that often make great sense, is a pleasure to read and worthy of rereading. A good yardstick by which self-improvement books should be measured.” — Kirkus Reviews

      From the Back Cover

      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.

      Dimensions 1.42 × 20.96 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Harper Collins; Int edition (19 January 2017); HOLLY BLACK DELHI

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 224 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 0062641549

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-0062641540

      Reading age ‏

      ‎ 14 years and up

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 204 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 13.97 x 1.42 x 20.96 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ USA

      Net Quantity ‏

      ‎ 1.00 count

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      ‎ Reading Book


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      13 reviews for The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

      1. N

        The book is well written and gives you fresh insight and words to lot of things and behaviours.

      2. indrajeet

      3. kishan soni

        I enjoyed reading this book. Lot of practical things author has talked about. I recommend it for confused people. 😁

      4. Subhodeep Das

        The writer points it out in black and white terms not to overthink about stuff that we have no control over. Sometimes we are stuck in a bad situation and that’s how life is. Not everything needs to be perfect.

      5. Shubham Pandey

        This books has better quality than I expected. And this book is really helpful for those who stuck in their lives in anyway.

      6. A

         The paper quality is not upto the mark. Very thin and dull

      7. Subin Khullar

        This is one of the best books I have read in a while. It contains some interesting psychological theories related to life and how to deal with problems, what to focus on and what to let go, and how focusing on the few core values can help is in making good decisions. A must read! 👏

      8. Nitika

        Even if this book teaches you one point that hits your hard and brings about the required result, then , it has done its job well enough and this is what happened in my case!! Highly recommend this book!!

      9. Darcey

        A Five-Star Wake-Up Call!“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson is nothing short of a life-altering masterpiece. This book has transformed the way I perceive and navigate through life, and I cannot recommend it enough.Manson’s raw, unapologetic, and refreshingly honest approach to self-help is a breath of fresh air in a genre often plagued by clichés and empty promises. From the very beginning, his witty and irreverent writing style grabs your attention and refuses to let go. This isn’t your typical self-help book filled with sugar-coated affirmations; it’s a no-holds-barred guide to living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.One of the book’s most powerful insights is the idea that we have a limited number of f*cks to give in our lives, and it’s crucial to choose them wisely. Manson persuasively argues that not caring about everything and everyone is the key to finding genuine happiness and purpose. By embracing our limitations and focusing on what truly matters, we can break free from the constant need for validation and external approval.Manson’s personal anecdotes and real-world examples make the book relatable and down-to-earth. He candidly shares his own struggles and failures, making it easy for readers to connect with his message. His writing is peppered with humor, which not only keeps you engaged but also makes some tough truths easier to swallow.Furthermore, Manson’s emphasis on embracing life’s inherent struggles rather than running from them is a game-changer. He teaches us that it’s okay to feel pain, disappointment, and discomfort because they are an essential part of the human experience. By learning to confront and accept these negative experiences, we can grow and become more resilient.”The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is a book that challenges conventional wisdom and societal norms, forcing you to question your values and priorities. It encourages self-reflection and introspection, prompting you to reevaluate what truly matters to you. Whether you’re feeling lost, stuck, or simply seeking a fresh perspective on life, this book has the power to spark a profound transformation.In conclusion, Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is a five-star masterpiece that I believe should be required reading for everyone seeking a more meaningful and authentic life. It’s brutally honest, thought-provoking, and, most importantly, it works. If you’re ready to take control of your life, stop sweating the small stuff, and focus on what truly matters, do yourself a favor and read this book. You won’t regret it!

      10. JR

        Great Book on LifeThis book is pretty sophisticated despite the down to earth approach. The concepts of Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and stoicism are baked into the philosophy espoused in this book. The first concept taught is to take responsibility for your problems with the acknowledgement that you probably aren’t at fault for all of them. Deal with your life’s problems, i.e. take responsibility, is the fundamental cornerstone of psychology going all the way to its founding. The second concept is to chose your values then life suffering won’t be so bad since your suffering is for a purpose of accomplishing your values. This is Acceptance Commitment Therapy in a nutshell. Third concept taught is to recognize your mortality and accept your eventual death because it is a compass for testing the worth of your values you live by. The veracity of the third concept is a little harder to prove as “true” but it has definitely been important in my life. When I was in law school, I did legal research into the lawfulness of certain CIA programs during the Bush administration. Another law student in my class was doing research on the legality of NSA programs so our professor warned us to keep careful notes because we were getting government attention. I was expecting a raid of my dorm room, but instead got shot at by a suppressed carbine walking on the campus of MSU. Obviously, I backed off my legal research but the criminality of the Bush administration became legendary. The experience of facing death affected me going forward as a lawyer in a strangely positive way. When I took the bar exam and other students were puking their guts out due to fear, I was non-pulsed by the whole exam experience. The proctor asked me why I wasn’t upset, and I said “well, I’ve been shot at in anger so failing is exam is no big deal. I can just take it again. No big deal. There is no do over if you are killed.” You need to look at life’s problems in the same way to keep you grounded.

      11. William Jack Duffy

        Good starter for anyone who wants to re-think their approach to thingsLike most people in the comments, it was the title of this book that attracted me. I didn’t actually know it was a self-help book per se, only that the title was eye-catching and something that resonated with me.The reviews reflected this fact in that they were very polarised with most people loving it and some people hating it because “Manson just talks about himself” or “It is just regurgitating other philosophies with swearing thrown in”. Does he talk about himself a bit too much? Well yeh but that was sort of expected, is it regurgitated philosophies from other sources? It could well be – but I’d argue that that’s the point of the book. The title and the colloquial style are what attracts someone like myself who has never read anything like this before and wouldn’t have without those qualities.Overall -Good parts:Very easy to read, not a chore or not like a text book on self help that i would have expected as a first time reader of anything like this. It made it a easy to engage with and easy to read.Drawing parallels to figures I knew and were familiar with was the most powerful literally device in this book. The epitome of this as a big music fan was the Dave Mustaine and Pete Best stories which I thought articulated the overall theme of the book in the best way possible. It is what you care about that drives your happiness and what you are willing to overcome that drives the value in anything in your life. Any Megadeth fans probably know how that worked out for Dave Mustaine …Personal stories. Yes Manson does bang on a bit about himself but the stories themselves are used well to articulate the point he is trying to make. The story of his girlfriend cheating on him for example was useful in how we can be responsible and take action for what feel like injustices against us.Bad points:Chapter 6 and 9. Chapter 6 is pretty confused and lacks structure making it quite hard to follow and even making it seem a little against the tide at times. If it was being redrafted I expect that this chapter would get a total do-over. Chapter 9 addresses death and how we can’t escape it. It felt like too much of a Camus contrast to the practical nature of the rest of the book and it just wasn’t for me.Not enough parallels to people: one of the best features of the book highlights a big flaw (which if you have read the book is kind of fitting!). The people examples that were not about the author themselves were the most powerful and best at painting the picture that was needed. I wish they did more famous examples like this as it didn’t just add a clear mental picture for the reader but it also added structure that in some parts of the book slipped a bit.Lack of visuals or diagrams. I don’t know if this is because I read it on my Kindle but a few mind maps or visuals to visualise the concept of values and problems etc. would have been really helpful. This was done a bit with the concept of action leading to motivation and even something that simple was helpful. Small comment but it would have been helpfulOverall I would say READ THIS BOOK. Ignore the 1* reviews, I think anyone giving it 1* means they got nothing out of it at all which I doubt very much. As someone who is going through a lot of changes in life (job, relationship, lifestyle) this helped me structure more of my thoughts in a way that I never guessed a book like this would. Essentially it’s great for beginners :)Is it the best book of its kind ever? Probably not, but it helped structure thoughts and introduced the genre in a very relateable way. That’s greatAm I going to read the book end to end again? No very unlikely but if I’m ever feeling jealous I will be reading about Pete Best again and thinking how miserable the wrong values has made Dave Mustaine for 20 years.Would I recommend you read this book? ABSOLUTELY. Why not? If you don’t like what’s in it, don’t listen, if it helps you then brilliant. One thing I would advise is take notes throughout where you think something is important. It helps create a structure in places where it might be lacking and helps relate the proposed thought process to your life.Give it a go! Doing something is better than doing nothing at all, what have you got to lose :)?

      12. Ryan D.

        A fantastic book that people need to read when struggling in lifeAs I say to anyone, Read this book along side, “The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph”. The way I see it, “The Obstacle Is the Way” is like the Angel on your shoulder and “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is the Devil on your shoulder but here is the twist BOTH Angel and Devil want the best for you! One is more “Delicate” on addressing the issue and the other is more subtle and straight forward. Also the authors know each other (if Im not mistaken)

      13. Tim Turner

        A must-read. You think you know what it’s about, but you don’t.Lots of things in here that you’ve heard before. But never stated like this. Get over the language. Wisdom comes in many forms, and speaks in different ways, to get the attention of those she seeks. This one got mine.

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