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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Powerful5 star

Great book! Mark captures the attention of anyone who is looking for improvement in their life. The ability to understand that life is short and only to concerning ourselves with matters, people, and life experiences that ultimately satisfy our purpose and legacy. 55


The Best Book I’ve Ever Read5 star

Thank you for taking the time and the countless energy to write this book. I am a believer that books like this help and in many case probably save people. I appreciate you sharing this with all of us. Thanks. 55


Honestly5 star

Do yourself a favor and read this book! 55

Marine Chick

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck5 star

Raw and brilliant. 55


A book worth reading5 star

Don’t judge this book by its title. You are in for a treat if you decide to give this book a try. Loved it from beginning to end. What an amazing story from an amazing person... 55


Entitlement exposed5 star

Yes, we are a generation that got more than we earned. Yes, Marc Manson made sense of the shame and guilt we all carry. Yes, we need to change, less whining and more giving a f**k about... well, that’s still in the making. When is book number two coming out? No but seriously, great perspective, humble and simple yet so profound. 55


Brilliant5 star

Great read, good humor, true meaning. 55



I’ve never read a book and pictured the author sitting me down and giving me a life lesson... thank you mark! 55

Jake M, Columbia, MO

What a splendid book5 star

This book captures the essence of many views on living a wise and meaningful life. Very well written and entertaining. This is one of those books that you’re going to want to read again to remind yourself of the concepts and many important points it makes straightforwardly. Thanks to Mark for getting this out there and best going forward. Jake McMahon Columbia, MO 55


So good5 star

This book is on point! It didn’t just called me out but it helped me to give good advise to others because I was in control of who I was and knew what I stood for! 55


Very great read5 star

I just got done reading this book and I must say it was very very excellent book. As someone like myself who's been through constant failures and dealt with rejections through my lifetime, this book showed me that it's okay to fail and get rejected, cause it's bound to happen. Also it thought me to find inner peace with myself. Thank you Mark, you've helped me a lot with this book. 55


Give a fu*k about this book5 star

Quick, solid read. Makes sense, simple and speaks to many. I enjoyed the frank dialect from real life. Thanks for this book, will look for more from Mark 55


Very fun to read5 star

This book is one of the best books that I have read in a really long time. Period. Very insightful about life and I will keep forever I think!! 55


A Must Have !!5 star

A fantastic straight to the point read…a true message in every word…thank you Mark for the inspiration and for sharing aspects in your life that may help others to also find their path…a must have in your book collection!! 55


Deeper than I expected!5 star

Wow. This book was amazing. I'll be revisiting my favorite concepts frequently. Helped me put a lot into perspective. 55

Travis Quinn

Total life changer5 star

Mark Manson's work has been totally life changing. I discovered him by just expanding my horizons. I laughed at the title of this book. Something clicked with the preview. So, I bought the book and started to read. I'm happy that I was able to enjoy his work and I'm sure you will also. Mark, if you are reading this thank you for a lot. 55


Most Awesome writer ever in my opinion5 star

I have read both of his books now. Both relate to each other, but The Art Of Not Giving A F**k is the most awesome slap in the face that I needed. Thanks Mark, your books have helped me define and understand what I want for myself. I don't want to spoil any of you, but this is the best face slap book you'll ever need!! 55

FBG General

Great read5 star

A must read if your in your 20's. 55


worth a f*uck5 star

need i say more 55


Wow5 star

What a great read. Manson takes you through all the steps you need to get on an even keel and get some perspective on life. Do yourself a favor and read it. 55

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