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19 Jan, 2023

Book Review

by Arpit

Book:The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Author:Mark Manson

The book is really famous among many young people probably because of the word "Fuck" in the title. Some series of unexpected events gave me the privilege to read this book. The book contains numerous real-life examples of different people on how to lead a balanced and practical life. Mark Manson, being a blogger, writes down everything in a casual way. It makes this book more interesting to read.

people enjoying success

Starting from the first lesson, the author wants to tell us that life is different for all of us. Hence, it makes the definition of success to be different as well. To live a better life, buy more, own more, have better vacations than our coworkers, etc. etc. Author tries to contradict the statement by giving several real-life examples.

The Author also tries to explain happiness. People think that fewer problems more happiness. But the main point is that hardships never stop.

“Life is essentially an endless series of problems. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of another.” ― Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Encounter one problem, and there comes another. Happiness is solving problems and enjoying the struggle.

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In the age of social media, everyone thinks he/she is special. The Author explains that most of us are pretty average at most things we do. Even if some of the things we can do exceptionally well, we are average at most other things.

“This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes.” ― Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Today most celebrities, business tycoons, and politicians say that all of us are destined to do something extraordinary. The Author tries to make this statement a contradiction.

The Author then presents the value of choice. Every passing moment, we get to choose in life that determines our future. So it becomes very important to know about the metric of our choice.

direction to different roads

This book makes you understand the value of practical and realistic thinking. Most people give attention to the things that actually don't matter. The book is full of real-life scenarios that make it pretty engaging.

“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.” ― Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Sometimes the words in the book were conflicting. At one point, the Author says don't try, and at some other point, he says to endure pain to achieve goals. But overall, it is a refreshing self-help book. The realism and the calm writing style make it a must-read book.


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