What I took from the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

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As a life-long learner and self-development enthusiast, I have read countless books on personal growth and success. But none has quite resonated with me quite like The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson.

The book offers a refreshingly honest look at the limitations of our lives and provides an insightful roadmap for finding peace in an imperfect world. Rather than pushing us to strive for unattainable perfection, Manson encourages us to focus our efforts on the things that truly matter to us and make a real difference in our lives.

At its core, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is all about taking responsibility for what we can control and learning to let go of the rest. He explains that life is full of both positive and negative experiences; it’s up to us how we choose to view them. We can choose to be overwhelmed by the negatives or accept them as part of life’s journey.

The book also emphasizes the importance of understanding our values, setting boundaries, and focusing on the things that bring us joy rather than trying to please everyone around us all the time. Manson puts it best when he says: “If you don’t prioritize your life someone else will” – this is something I have been reminded of countless times since reading this book!


One example from my own experience illustrates this idea perfectly: A few months ago I was invited to attend an event which would have taken me away from home for several days – but after considering my values (spending time with family) I chose not to go despite feeling pressure from those around me who expected me there. In hindsight, I am glad I made this decision as it allowed me more time with my loved ones rather than travelling somewhere just because others wanted me there – something which would have ultimately made me unhappy in the long run!

Another key theme explored in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is how we should handle criticism – whether it comes from ourselves or others – without losing sight of what matters most in our lives. As humans, we are naturally wired with an innate need for approval; however this causes many people (myself included!) To become too easily discouraged by criticism or negative feedback at times – but Manson insists that such feedback should be seen as an opportunity for growth instead!

To illustrate his point he uses two examples: firstly he explains how some people use their fear as fuel (e.g., athletes who push themselves even harder after facing failure) while others allow fear to paralyze them; secondly he suggests that those who are able to take criticism constructively often end up achieving more success than those who do not take any kind of feedback well at all!

Overall, The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck has made an immense impact on my own outlook towards life since reading it – something which can only be described as liberating! This book taught me how important it is not just stay true to myself amidst difficult circumstances but also seek out opportunities where I can grow personally without letting external pressures dictate my decisions every step along the way.

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