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

by Mark Manson


All of us have things that we care about. But when we really think about it, more often than not, a lot of the things we care about are the things that are keeping us from achieving our full potential. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck teaches you to let go of those things that are detrimental to your happiness by  picking up new habits and ways of thinking that will promote self-development, which in turn, will make you an overall happy person.

Sometimes, the way you think and react is what is holding you back. The actions in this book will help you identify these maladaptive thought and reaction patterns, so you can learn to train yourself to think and react in ways that promote long-term happiness. If you apply just one or two of these actions to your life, you will emerge a much happier, well-adjusted person.

About the Author

Mark Manson is a blogger, author and entrepreneur. He specializes in writing personal development advice that doesn't suck. His website is read by over 2 million people each month.

Great ideas from this book


1. Apply the backwards law to your life.

2. Choose what you want to give a f*ck about.


3. Set achievable goals by choosing your struggle.

4. Solve your problems as they happen.


5. Let go of entitlement.

6. Become self-aware.

7. Differentiate between good and bad values.

8. Take responsibility for your life.

Problem-Solving Skills

9. Abandon the values that lead you to problems that can hardly be solved.


10. Question yourself.

Problem-Solving Skills

11. Just do it, in order to gain motivation.

Interpersonal Relationships

12. Set clear and appropriate boundaries with your partner.


13. Gain freedom through commitment.

Goal Setting

14. See yourself as something bigger than yourself.