Mark Manson: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck (Review)

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First off let me say that this book is hands down the best book I have ever come across. Everything I say in this review article is without a doubt what I truly believe. Mark Manson’s work in “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” is remarkable and honestly life-changing. He goes through a multitude of topics that I will discuss later in a non-conventional manner that make you, as the reader, re-evaluate your perspectives and priorities you live with.


Immediately the cover of this book grabbed my attention. Putting a swear in the title is a bold move that paid off for Manson as it will catch anyone’s eye and have them curious for more. He then describes the title as “A counter-intuitive approach to living a good life.” Now even me, not being much of a reader, was extremely captivated by the cover of the book and left me wanting to know what it had to offer. From what I’ve seen, Manson’s book looked to provide personal benefits and outlooks that reached a broad audience.


I will go into detail of the sections this book contains, but in short, one of the main messages Manson tries to get across is that there are only so many f*cks people can give. The key here is to decide what’s important in your life and to only care (or give a f*ck as he puts it) about those necessities. Manson provides a challenge of thoroughly self-reflecting and thinking about what f*cks you have been giving that maybe aren’t so important, and to let those go as they are wasted energy, and wasted f*cks given. Now to give you a little idea about what this book is packed with, here is what Manson ultimately describes. To buy Manson’s life-changing and perspective altering book, click here to find options under $15. After the brief chapter summaries, find more opinions and thoughts I have about this book below.


Chapter 1: Don’t Try

Most readers are caught off guard when seeing this as the first section. In the opening chapter, Manson goes into how the majority of people overthink about everything. Whether it be their social media perception, what to wear, how they did on a test, literally anything, we as people tend to overthink which is detrimental to ourselves. Overthinking turns to negativity 100% of the time showing nothing good ever comes out of this usually subconscious action. The opening chapter grabbed my attention immediately and already had me reevaluating parts of my life within the first 10 pages. To see how this can impact you, click here.

Chapter 2: Happiness is a Problem

Manson then switches gears to how we as people also try to find happiness in places where we just trick our minds. The majority of people find false senses of security to provide themselves with short-term happiness often times hiding from the larger problems or events in their lives. One of the main ideas Manson brings up here is that when people solve problems, that’s where true happiness is found. Already at this point in the book, my mind was at work figuring out how to adjust myself to meet these mental needs.

Chapter 3: You Are Not Special

Often times in the book, Manson chooses attention grabbing titles that can often catch many off-guard. Yet, he is putting everything as blunt as possible so that it’s clear what he is trying to get across. Here, Manson describes how everyone aspires to be special yet that’s a clouded value in itself. These expectations are often times not met as no matter what someone accomplishes in life, they always look at someone else who has done more and turn that into a personal attack on their life’s success and “what could have been’s.” Another thing Manson disapproves for living a good life.

Chapter 4: The Value of Suffering

This chapter lays out a lot of good points. In it, Manson explains how in order to be successful, you need to first suffer. This is a core value he brings up as you need to once be at the bottom to then grow and learn how to rise to the top to witness success. The idea of good and bad values is also very important as Manson goes on to say defining your values is one primary way to get on track to living a better life by figuring out what you value (in people and life) and then disregarding things that you don’t value.

Chapter 5: You Are Always Choosing

One of the most important chapters in the book (to me at least) is this one right here. Manson describes how life is essentially about choices. These choices and decisions you make in life ultimately decide how good your life is. Now there is way more than just that and you can see exactly what Manson describes in detail here. Another key element he brings up is responding to events around you. Equally important as the choices you make, the responses you have to these choices and things that go on around you will also dictate how well your life will be.

Chapter 6: You’re Wrong About Everything

Another unconventional heading by Manson leads into his writing as here he brings up things about how everything we believe in (bit of an exaggeration) is false or misleading. He also touches on how we as people mostly don’t have any idea of what’s going on in our lives and the choices we make are due to the beliefs we “think” are correct. He wraps up the chapter by telling readers to be a little less certain of yourself due to this idea that our beliefs aren’t as correct as our brains perceive them to be. An interesting chapter to say the least as I learned a lot from this one.

Chapter 7: Failure is the Way Forward

Similar to chapter 4, Manson reiterates how you need failure in your life to be successful. Failures are the biggest learning outcomes and ways to figure out how to turn that negative into a positive. You cannot simply live a life of just successes. Like in relationships, sports, and many other instances of life, failures are necessary to create a path to success for yourself, and Manson elegantly describes how this is true.

Chapter 8: The Importance of Saying No

Most people think of rejection and give it a negative connotation. Yet Manson says “rejection makes your life better.” This returns to defining values. By rejecting bad values or things you realize you shouldn’t give a f*ck about, that time and energy can be spent on good values and the important things around you. This also touches on boundaries and what you allow in your life and what you leave at the door.

Chapter 9: …And Then You Die

A short closing chapter is concluded with Manson talking about death. Another thing people tend to either avoid or think of negatively. By both witnessing and thinking about death, Manson realizes there is “nothing to be afraid of.” This includes death as it’s something everyone will go through. He says people should be fortunate to have lived. By accepting death, it has made Manson’s personal problems “untangled” and he is able to see them and find ways to fix them as well. All through accepting his own death.



This book, “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson, as I said earlier, is honestly the best book I have read. Through the topics he describes to how it forced me to rethink my beliefs and values, Manson really figured something out here. I mean from before to after reading this, it’s night and day how much my mental outlook on basically everything has changed. This book has given me clarity on a multitude of things and referencing back to the subtitle, this counter-intuitive approach has and will lead me to living a better life than if I never came across this book. Now I purchased this book for under $20 and I can honestly say, I would have paid $50 now having read this and realizing the impact it has had on me.


You too can purchase this book for under $20 and as I have said repeatedly, I would have been glad to pay even triple of what this book is currently selling for. One of the best investments you can make, Mark Manson touched upon many different key topics to living a good life.


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