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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

 

Written by: Mark Manson
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Genres: Self-Help | Non-Fiction
Published: 13th of September, 2016
Length: 5 Hours 17 Minutes

 

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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*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, 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*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

Manson makes the argument, backed by both 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*ck 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*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

 

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Reviewed: 2020-08-15

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Starts Off Good.... Ends Weak
This one has been popping up in my suggested "to reads" for as long as I can remember, so I finally gave in and tried it out. Mark Manson, a self-help guru who likes to say "fuck" a lot (shocker, based on the title) seemingly screams through life at his own pace, without "fucks to give" about things that don't matter to him.

I did enjoy this book but the further on it went, the weaker I think it got... until ending on a weird anecdote about contemplating suicide or something. To be honest, by then I was putting much of the book's suggestions to good use and thus had "no fucks to give" about this part. Maybe that was the whole point?

I think the main lesson which basically boils down to "only give your fucks to things that deserve them" - ie only really care about things that matter to you, because if it doesn't really matter why let it bother you - is probably something I could have stood to learn decades ago, and I could have saved myself a fair bunch of grief and stress.

The narration was top notch. Roger Wayne did a fine job and the quality was spot on what you'd expect. I think he did a good job, nailing the beats and the timing to deliver the points of the book as intended.

 

 

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