Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

I’ve been seeing this book cover all over the place – the bold orange color and title make it easy to spot just about anywhere. I did enjoy Mark taking down the “everything is great all the time” mindset. Life is not always “great” – which is exactly what makes life great. I didn’t necessarily agree with his thoughts on accepting limitations and looking to focus elsewhere. I’ve found that limitations are mostly mental and self-imposed (within reason). Most people stop far short of their real limitations. I did really like the idea of sitting down and really thinking about what you REALLY care about. Not what you’ve been told to care about through school, or advertising, or social norms. What do you care about deep down. In the end I rated this 3/5 stars.

Below are a few of the notable quotes I took away:

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.

The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it.

True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving.

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