The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

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, s**t is f**ked 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**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.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson Summary

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is the second book by blogger and author Mark Manson. It was published under the imprint of HarperOne, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and was released on September 13, 2016. As of February 2018, over 2 million copies of the book had been sold...

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson Book Reviews (1,153)


Bravo...4 star

Us as interesting reading this book. Instead of the instructional vibe one usually gets when reading texts of thus sort, the author formulates ideas in a way that makes you feel as if you’re peaking into his inner thoughts. A sort of self monologue. 45


Amazing!5 star

I really loved this book. Every tip is something that I needed to hear, in this point in my life. Thank you. 55


Amazing5 star

This is a must read! Helps you create your value in your life and live with purpose. 55


Like a great movie, I will no doubt read this book more than once.5 star

Honestly, one of the most insightful books I have ever read. I am reading a digital version of the book in which you can highlight sections that I find interesting. I’m pretty sure I have used this digital highlighter on about 90% of the books content. That pretty much sums it up for me. Brandon Wallace 55


Excellent5 star

Loved it. 55


Great read5 star

The ideas and thoughts in this book aren't earth shattering but are things we need to hear. 55


Change my life5 star

This book helped me to feel like I wasn’t alone in my worries, depression, and anxiety. Highly recommended! 55


Phenomenal!5 star

This book is real deal. I love that it’s honest and painful! I wonder what happened to Mark’s stalker though. 🤔 55

RifRaf Bratwurst

Loved.5 star

Thank you. 55


Fantastic5 star

Had really low expectations going into this book but it really made a good impression and I now choose the “fuc**” to give... 55

Daniel D. Muth

A good start3 star

Emerson supposedly told Whitman something like "I write to you at the start of a great career." I'm no Emerson, and this book isn't poetry, but Manson is singing a song of himself and it's built on a legitimate foundation: decide what's important, and exclude all the crap. He makes a strong case for taking care of the stuff that is really within our circle of influence. It's very stoic in that sense, and corresponds to what other writers of his age and energy have been saying lately. I'm thinking of Ryan Holiday and Tim Ferris. This book is much better than Ferris's. But there's something missing, that Ferris missed. And I don't think either man could really have done this at their age. Manson is well read, and travelled, but in his early 30s still, he hasn't really had the time to apply his enlightenment to life to much of an extent. He's aware of the futility of chasing tail and partying nonstop, and it sounds like he's pointed in the right direction, having settled and married. But he hasn't done much of the wood shedding, and while I see signs that he'll make a great dad, his writing and storytelling is missing something that I think only comes around middle age. I wrote in my review of Ferris's book on that I look forward to reading the book he writes when he's 60. I feel the same about Manson. Also, Manson mentions only in passing his relatively privileged roots. It would be something if he looked more closely at that, and the role money and education play in reaching the realizations he does. What about those who need to think about eating each day? How did privilege hinder his inner work? In all, a good book. I have high expectations for his next. 35

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