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Book Review of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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What follows is an honest book review of my thoughts about Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck. Truth be told, this was the very first personal development book I read, chosen based solely on it’s name.

This is the first book that Mark Manson published, and I loved it. Mostly.


My Thoughts on the Book

One of the biggest selling points for me is the tone in which it was written. I absolutely love a book written in a conversational tone. While reading this book, it was easy to imagine sitting with Mark listening to his personal stories and the lessons he gleaned from them. It was very much like a conversation with an old friend.

He makes no effort to curb his language, and for an habitual swearer like myself, I felt that he was really speaking my dialect. It’s raw and real, you really get a feel for the man behind the words. However, for someone who doesn’t appreciate swear words, this would absolutely be a total turn off.

Though Mark makes some great arguments as to why we are not all extraordinary humans, I feel some of the points he discusses are borderline negative. However, he also points out that not being exceptional is not necessarily our fault, nor is it necessarily fair, which I am in agreement with.

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This book teaches that we all have faults and limitations, we should get to know them, and embrace them for what they are. I couldn’t agree more with this perspective. Once we face these truths head-on, only then can we start to build our courage and confidence to do the things that were once terrifying.

This book showed me that a lot of the “fucks” I was giving were misplaced, wasting way too much time and energy. Once I had that “aha moment”, my perspective changed on a lot of things, and life became less stressful.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change - Wayne Dyer

Four Stars

Although I did find some parts to be borderline cynical and semi-negative, I loved it enough to both read the book, and listen to it on Audible. A solid 4 star review would be my recommendation on this one. I would absolutely suggest this book to a friend or client.

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