As someone who cares about and over-analyzes literally everything, I needed this book in my life. I’ve been all about the self help books lately. Better life? More happiness? Feeling fulfilled? Being self confident? Sign. Me. Up. Share the secret! Well, Mark Manson would refer to me as a “self help junkie” and basically within the first couple of chapters of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, told me all of that self-help reading was basically…well, useless!
And boy, did what he say make a whole lot of sense. Here’s a quote that spoke to me from that level: “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And, paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.”
This is just one example that spoke to me on a deeply personal level. I highlighted the crap out of this book, and I plan on reading it again to soak more of it in. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck touches on so many areas of life and has such a refreshing viewpoint. It was a wake up call that an over-analyzer and a mega f*ck giver like me needed badly.
Manson’s use of some profanity, personal life stories, Buddhist principals, and a whole lot of wit come together to make a refreshingly different self help book. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck touches on so many areas of life and living… I strongly believe no matter where you are at in life, if you don’t mind a few bad words, this book will speak to you in ways no other self-help book ever could.
The title may make it sound like it’s a book that teaches you not to care about anything–that is definitely not the case. This book still serves up some very helpful, valuable lessons, just in an entertaining way. It teaches you to care about the truly important things in life. Prioritize what is most important, and focus all of your f*cks on those items, instead of things that ultimately do not matter. Manson obviously says those points in a much more verbose and powerful manner.
I rated it down one star only because it felt repetitive after a while. I almost felt like I got the entire idea of the book in the first part and had trouble finishing it out, as it got a lot more serious in the second part and seemed to repeat the basic principals and just expand on them. Overall, I highly recommend reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, especially if you are like me and use all of your energy caring about little things.