There’s nothing subtle about Mark Manson. He’s crude, vulgar and doesn’t give a f*ck.
But like anything of true value in life, dig a little deeper and you’ll find treasure worthy of any explorer willing to look below the surface.
I should start off by saying this book isn’t going to be for everyone. I’m the type of gal that prefers honesty. Just like when I go to the gym I want to work, HARD. Crossfit, YES. Dancercise, NO. I’d rather do without the fluff in two aspects of my life and self-help in whatever form it may be is one of them.
So in a world filled with sappy self-help, nothing-is-wrong-with-you-its-everyone-else, crap. It was very refreshing to read this book that really makes you dig deep and look at inside for answers.
“Fuck positivity,” Manson says. “Let’s be honest; sometimes things are fucked up and we have to live with it.”
“Not everyone can be extraordinary – there are winners and losers in society, and some if it is not fair or your fault,” Manson writes.
Instead of aiming for an unattainable perfect, problem free, feel-good life, Mark suggests asking the essential question, “What problem do you want to have?”
The book mentions “Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another,” so if you’re trying to have a life without problems then you are going about things the wrong way. The question you need to be asking yourself isn’t “how can I get rid of my problems?” it should be, “what problems am I willing to deal with?”, better yet, “what problems do I WANT to have?”
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life is a great book about finding what you value most and focusing your time and energy on those problems and forgetting the shit you can’t change.
If you’re looking for a fistful of honestly, well then you need to purchase The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck!