By Mark Manson
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**k positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Mason 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**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.Manson makes the argument, backed both by 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**k 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**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
I enjoyed this book so very much. It’s a no nonsense, tell it to you how it is book. From the title you can presume that there are swear words in it and it makes it all that much more entertaining. I felt so at home while hearing this book. It was like I’d come across a kindred spirit.
The author comes to a few conclusions that really rang home with me. Most, if not all, conclusions are drawn from his life adventures/experiences. I loved that he didn't try to force feed me life decisions that ‘should be made’. He would explain what happened to him, how he came to that conclusion and why it would be beneficial to me to try and come to that same conclusion. At the end of the day, he says he’s no life coach. He’s just a guy who gave everything up to write and he’s lucky enough to have earned a living doing it.
I can safely say that I want to read more books by this author. I’ve read one book and I’m officially intrigued. The writing was very good and it was a very relaxing book to get into (please consider that I listened to the audio book).