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

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

By Mark Manson

  • Release Date: 2016-09-13
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
Score: 4.5
From 11,991 Ratings


#1 New York Times Bestseller • More than 10 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, shit 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 modern 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*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.


  • Loved your book

    By ochodagreat8$
    Nothing wrong with this book
  • Must. Read.

    By ApexxxepA
    Life changing. Motivating. Thank you.
  • Dull

    By Manaliese
    Oversimplified to cater to a younger demographic
  • Whenever you feel that you need to focus

    By juferoes
    In the real and important things of life.
  • This book is profanity

    By Oleg Gant
    This book is profanity. It was written by a man whose life experience is limited to “my girlfriend dumped me” and I went on a trip to another country and it seems I did something good there. This is an amateur who gives advice on topics in which he has neither education nor life experience. This is just a scam with a beautiful name.
  • Banal and unhelpful

    By Lawdydog
    This book started as a blog post and should have stayed that way. The author beats you over the head with le epic meme language. He also complains at length about kids these days and participation trophies and other dumb guy topics. Just have a conversation with your nearest pull yourself up by the bootstraps uncle and save yourself the eight bucks.
  • Good read

    By Vinnietroll
    This is a good read . Reading this made me evaluate my values and ask myself some hard questions .
  • Eye opening and inwardly revealing

    By lynnex0627
    Throughout the words of Mark Manson you truly reflect of what comes and goes. The times you cared too much or not enough to the right things. This a read that I highly recommend if you have lost yourself in the wrong pleasures and people!
  • First book I’ve read in a long time,

    By jus311
    I haven’t read a book since high school and I’m 35 years old. I decided to read a book and I absolutely loved it! The last chapter of the book was so good!
  • Great Book!

    By TrughHephner
    One of the best books I read in a while. It reinforced some ideas I already knew inside of me. It felt like the universe basically speaking back to me saying that I’m right .