This is possibly the shortest review I’ve ever written, but quite frankly I don’t have a whole lot to say. There are some aspects of this book that I loved, and some not so much. It’s very in your face. It kind of reads like 230 pages of a very heated opinion. A part of me really liked this approach, but only because the way Mark words his opinions is actually really funny. I feel like we’d get along. (but only because he is funny, he is a little raunchy, and also because I wouldn’t take much of his babbling to heart)
It’s snarky, and mouthy, and he uses intelligent words in a creative way in being a smart ass. There were a lot of points that made total sense to me, stood out as genius prospective, and some that I even highlighted for a reference later on down the line. He told a few interesting stories through out to help really drive his points home. I liked those, especially one that was about a ‘war hero’ who stayed in the woods long after the war was over.
Now for the other hand. The hand of shit that filled up just as much and just as fast as the hand with great aspects, giving my review an even amount of both (hence the three stars… an honest middle rating). There were a lot of things about this book at rubbed me the wrong way. Some of the writer’s opinions, in my opinion, are a little over the top in negativity. It was meant to explain how we as humans are for the most part average and by accepting that, we are more apt to move forward rather than depressing and obsessing about not being above average and standing out. I get the point, it makes sense, I even somewhat buy into a fraction of it.
But, the fact that practically this entire book is pushing Mark’s prospective on this matter onto the human race as a whole is ridiculous. The concept is explaining how we should all realize that we are different and average in our unique ways and with different prospective, yet we should look at it and understand it by a certain approach is pretty much an oxymoron in and of itself. I struggled with that. I felt like I had to wade through too much crap to find the gold buried beneath it.
Ultimately, I’m glad I read this book. I DO actually recommend it to other readers. But, I also recommend that one goes into the read with an open mind and then please oh please make up your OWN opinion about the content. What works for some doesn’t work for everyone, and as long as prospective of the opinions in this book are taken in a way that is beneficial rather than offensive then it can be very helpful once all the shit is sorted and discarded appropriately.
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In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.