Why this book?
Why do I choose exactly this book as my first book review on my blog? Well, that is illustrated pretty quickly. It is all about Mark Manson. For those who don’t know him, I can highly recommend having a look at Mark Manson’s blog. First of all his story is quite impressive. Mark Manson started blogging in 2007, but mostly about parties and stuff he just experienced at this moment in his life. Posterior he changed his topic into dating and became successful and made money out of his blog. He never expected this to happen (according to him!). In the following years, he moved more and more into the area of self-development, which interests me keenly. I first read his blog some years ago, I guess it was around 2013. Since that time I read most of his articles, which helped me a lot. I really appreciate Mark Manson’s opinion. He can be quite harsh in his articles, however, it is just the truth. Meanwhile, most of his great articles are not available for free anymore. But you can also learn a lot if you stay with the free articles like I do it. I will tell you what my thoughts are in my review of the subtle art of not giving a fuck.
Anyhow, I am not here to talk about Mark Manson, I want to tell you about his book. Actually, it’s not even his first one. He already released “Models – Attract women through honesty” which deals with, what a surprise, ways to get more attractive for women. I didn’t read it, from what I heard the book has to be helpful though. His second release, “The subtle art of not giving a f*ck”, was way more high-flying. Awarded as a New York Times Bestseller you may ask yourself:
Is Mark Manson’s book really that good?
Yes! Go out there and buy this book. You can call me a groupie… probably I am. First of all, already the title of the book itself is just brilliant. What do you expect from a book with this lurid title? I would guess not that much. But it provokes attraction. People who are not interested in self-development, or just never thought about it will start to read it (and that is a good thing). They could be disappointed at first because they expected something completely different. After Chapter one they will be powerless. Powerless to stop reading this book. Michael, please, tell us what’s in the f*cking book now! Ooooookay, there we go. Human beings are flawed and limited, not everybody can win everywhere. You are just 1,55m tall for example: Would you have any chance to become an NBA-Superstar? Probably not. Is it worth to cry about that and complain your whole life instead of trying your best with the possibilities you got?
“Not everybody can be extraordinary – there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault”
The main conclusion in “The subtle art of not giving a f*ck”, at least in my opinion, is to accept your limits and make the best out of your qualities. Don’t avoid them, that will just make everything worse in a long-term view. If you are able to do this you can concentrate on what really matters in life – you. I have to admit, it’s easier to say this than do this. But do the first step. Still, the most amazing part of the book is Mark’s attitude. If you know his blog you will be used to it. If not, you may be shocked. He is not telling you all the facts in a nice way. They get literally shoot in your face. But you know what? That is what makes his articles and books so different.
“This book doesn’t give a fuck about alleviating your problems or your pain.”
Wait? That doesn’t sound good – the book should tell me how to improve myself, not make me feel worse? True. But you have to do the work, not the book. It will just open you the door for the first step – wide open. By the time you finish reading it, you will hopefully know what I mean. You should find yourself in a world that seems brighter and lighter. Probably you will feel bad and good at the same time. If that is the case, you understood the book. I hope you liked my review of the subtle art of not giving a fuck and let me know if you decide to read it!