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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

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Roger Wayne

5 Hours 28 Minutes

HarperCollins Publishers

September 2016

Audio Book Summary

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 modern 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.

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  • louise g

    Awesome book. It helped me highlight things that I was overlooking in my life.

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    I love the book on the art of not giving a f*ck by Mark Manson. It\'s really well explained. After 50yrs I finally can relate to this. It\'s changed my whole way of reasoning. Why not years ago!

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  • Darci G

    Highly recommended! Very entertaining yet helpful advice and examples. Going to listen to it again, was a great choice.

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  • Rachel A

    very good audio, really helped on my way to work to motivate me

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  • Marian k

    I like the message of taking responsibility for your life and not blaming others. I was lost in the book here and there as I feel he went off on tangents and didn't really stick to the subject. I wasn't very impressed with the book.

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  • Miike G

    Great book! I loved the narrator.

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  • David A

    I loved everything about this book! Excellent narration, timely and thought-provoking message. Thank you for the ride!

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  • Anthony R

    Eye opening! Sounds just like me.

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  • Gulbadan Azadova

    I love that book and everything about it. I wish to listen to the same narrator again, so searching for his voice in other audiobooks.

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  • Emily Burtnik

    Great read! Grabbed my attention right away and kept me laughing page after page. Warning to those who may be offended there are many "F" bombs. Author provides strategies and relatable examples.

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