The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

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Title: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck

Author: Mark Manson

Genre: Self-Help

Publisher: Harper One

Pages: 210 Pages

Difficulty Level:  Moderate

The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck: Book Review

“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F”, by Mark Manson, is a relatively new self-help book, and something common in new self-help books is that they keep in context what has already been said in some of the greatest books in history. So it is the case with this book. It says to not follow something that is working for someone else blindly but follow something that you want to. Knowing yourself first and then working and enjoying the process of success by not giving a F about things you’re not good at is what the book wants us to understand.

 One doesn’t have to change who they are to become successful but work on things that matter. The book also beautifully explains how problems will always be a part of our lives, but we choose the problems we want to face. One cannot run away but only solve those problems, so choosing the problems you’d love to solve is the spiral up to success. I also loved how the book makes its readers comfortable with the idea of death. Most of the time, when I think of death, I fear not having done enough. The book resonates around the idea of having no fear of failure or embarrassment when, ultimately, you have to die.

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If we know the destination, why not travel the route that we enjoy the most? Another great idea offered is the breadth and depth of experience. When we invest too much in a job or person, we enjoy the rewards of depth, whereas when we try to invest in a spectrum, we enjoy the rewards of width.

One old idea that the book mentions is how people with fewer problems, or smaller problems, create problems for themselves and start thinking that the entire world is going against them when in reality it is only them. I do not 100% agree with this idea, as I personally believe everyone has their problems, and just because we’re not going through those doesn’t mean we label them as “smaller problems” or “easy life”. I agree that some people are gifted, but I’ve seen them pay for their gift countless times. Overall, the book has a lot of positive introspection topics that might help people develop a sense of filtering out things that they do not need to give an F about.

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