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5 Reasons To Read ‘The Subtle Art of Not Giving a FUCK’ by Mark Manson


Mark Galieo

Vybeliving #232 Mission Street


12 Mar 2020

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a FUCK

An orange-covered book with a catchy title stares at me every time I cross the bookstore. Obviously, I googled it and when I found out this was a self-help book, I tried avoiding it. I am not overly fond of them. But one day, the hype around this book got to me and out of sheer curiosity, I took it home and invested four hours of my life reading it from cover to cover. 

And here’s what I discovered ... 

1. This is not your usual self-help book

Unlike countless others, this book does not ‘tell’ you things. It just speaks out loud what you’ve been thinking about your entire life. The tone is neither preachy nor condescending, and more than helping you help yourself, the book just offers you something to reflect on. Quite refreshing!

2. Don’t expect sugar-coated truths

This book covers things you want to hear AND the things that you don’t want to hear. It comes right out and says, in a no-nonsense manner, that if there’s something wrong, admit that it’s wrong instead of looking for instantaneous silver linings in the cloud. It’s extremely practical in its approach; sometimes, uncomfortably so. 

3. Purposely not caring about anything ≠ Being indifferent

“Indifferent people often attempt to be indifferent because in reality, they give way too many fucks.” If you intentionally choose to ignore something, you’ve already cashed in on one of the fucks from your deposits. And fucks are limited. So it isn’t about not giving a fuck about anything. But rather, choosing what to give a fuck about. 

4. The subtle art of…optimism?

“We are responsible for experiences that aren’t our fault all the time. This is part of life.” Aptly titled, ‘A Counterintuitive Approach To Living A Good Life’, this book talks about unorthodox approaches to attaining happiness. Deviating from the preachy tone, it subtly talks about optimism without you even realizing it!  

5. Understands that happiness is subjective

From the cover, I did think the book was trying too hard. But when I started reading it, I saw that it just laid out examples to come to terms with oneself. This book understands that we all have our own way of being happy. What works for one may not work for another and it provides enough relatable instances to prove this point.   

Reading the book made me rethink the way I used to see myself. Every day, I’d wake up, telling myself to match certain standards and satisfy certain goals. Mark Manson says it’s alright to fail, and it’s reassuring to hear that.

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