Background

Mark Manson is an author and blogger with over 2 million readers.

Summary

Mark Manson combines philosophy and humor to provide insight on how to prioritize what values are truly important and meaningful in your life.

Interesting Ideas

According to Mark Manson, not giving a f*ck does not mean being indifferent. Additionally, one of the criteria of having a strong personal philosophy that I agreed with was that to have a goal that is more significant than the cost of adversity.

Mark Manson commented on how society is hyper involved with social media and thus we can be too critical on ourselves for the most part. We don’t embrace failure and aren’t always willing to be open to negative experiences.

The book commented more on failure and pain as part of the process. He referenced to a Michael Jordan quote: “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.”

Manson highlighted the importance of individual responsibility in achieving our goals.

The book also talked about healthy relationships. Unhealthy relationships are when two people use each other to escape and to feel good about themselves. Healthy relationships are when two people acknowledge their own problems and support each other. According to Manson, people with strong boundaries understand it is unreasonable to expect to accommodate each other’s needs 100 percent of the time.

Lastly, the book commented that contemplating mortality is important for putting our values into perspective. Death confronts us with the question of: what is your legacy?

Positives

Good sense of humor.

Some Criticisms

No major criticisms.

Check out his book, here: (Amazon link)

My advice for not giving a f*ck is focus on love and have a goal.

If you are interested in philosophy and wisdom you should check out my essay The Search for Truth (on religion, science, language, and the purpose of life).


Bibliography

Manson, Mark. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F.ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life. HarperOne, 2016.


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