- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperOne (17 Nov. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062457713
- ISBN-13: 978-0062457714
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.1 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life Hardcover – 17 Nov 2016
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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 NerdFitness.com)
“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)
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New York Times Bestseller
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger shows us that the key to being happier is to stop trying to be “positive” all the time and instead to become better at handling adversity.
For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life.
But those days are over. “Fuck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.” For the past few years, 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—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 better stomach lemons. 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 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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Top Customer Reviews
Now truth be, and the beginning of the book didn't grip me but I persevered.. and then somewhere around halfway something Mark wrote hit home. Big time.
That continued from then on in.
In fact, I was so impressed by the second half of the book that when I finished it I went straight back to the start - and yes, started all over again (that's pretty much unheard of / a mini miracle in my reading habits)
This time I *got* the first half too.
A very empowering book and I'm pleased to recommend it wholeheartedly.
Yes, yes, I've not said much about what's in it - for 2 reasons:
1. Loads of other reviewers have tackled that element
2. I suspect most will take from it / resonate with what they need. The my suspicion is almost all of us could and would benefit from reading it.
I think overall it encompasses a lot of things that I have personally encountered throughout my medical work, life and in my studies of psychological theory.
It takes a huge amount of psychological/sociological theory, research and experience and presents it all in an easy to read manner with easy to follow examples.
It felt like there was no effort in reading this which is actually a testament to the author's skill - it is no easy task to present such information in such an easily digestible form.
Easily one of the best books I have read in quite some time and unlike many books I read I can actually put some of these things into practice.
Such ideas are not new. However, the real value of this book is in the way Mark presents and explores these ideas. He writes in a way that is in equal measures entertaining, hard-hitting and practical, dealing with serious issues yet never pontificating or coming across as facetious. For me, chapters 2 & 5 were particularly inspiring and it was actually quite difficult not to read the whole thing in one go.
If you're already familiar with his work, its a no-brainer. If you're not, there are plenty of free articles by Mark out there that give a taste of what this book is about.
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I'm half way through and find it humorous and very meaningful it's nice to see that the author is not removed or far up his rear end.Published 2 hours ago by Shamza
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