Daily Blog #356: Book Review – The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Greetings and Salutations, Blog Readers

Today, I am reviewing the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck” by Mark Manson.

This book came at a few suggestions, and after I started reading it, some friends like Mel, and my dear friend Kenny, expressed how amazing it is, so I was glad to pick it up. This book actually also showed up on my YouTube page, as an audio book, but I don’t really like audio books, so I picked it up after a few different suggestions, and made it my Non-Fiction read. For those who don’t know, I have been trying to read substantially more, and the way I have been working on that is by reading non-fiction during the day, whenever I get spare minutes here and there during work hours- This happens when I am waiting for bid package approvals, awaiting emails, uploading files…You know, all those wasted minutes one has when doing office work, I make them NOT go to waste, by reading a book that keeps my brain engaged in the task of doing my best work, and growing my knowledge. I read Fiction in the evening while I take my baths, wind down, etc.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck was a great read for this Non-Fiction aim, and actually made the time go so much faster, but, was written in such a delightful way that when I finished reading Severance (check out that book review), and I didn’t have a fiction book to read in the evening, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck came in clutch, giving me a good read while I soaked in a lavender infused bath of greatness.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck was brilliant for what I needed, and, had some key lessons I needed to hear. Some things, I knew and was aware of, but the application hadn’t quite soaked in. (Shout out to my therapist working her damn ass off on me)

This book had a lot of great moments, some personal anecdotes, some of which hit home, and some that offered a fantastic perspective that was really needed for me, in the path I am on.

What struck me, one of the biggest lessons anyways, was that it isn’t about not giving a fuck about ANYTHING, but to not give a fuck about EVERYTHING so you have fucks left to give about the things that matter. This I think is key because I think some people may avoid this book, because OBVIOUSLY you need to give a fuck about SOME things, but, this book helps you see that you can’t keep caring about everything, and most of it isn’t worth caring about.

This book works best, I think, when in tandem with other changes in your mentality on your journey to greatness, because while Mark Manson does a great job on the book, it does require you to already have your shit semi-together and be working towards a good mental state. I don’t know if it would help if you weren’t open to improvement, because you have to be willing to say “Hey, I am NOT doing my best, and I need to stop sucking, namely in the way I keep working against myself by caring about so much stupid shit.” But, if you are already on the path, this is a great book to pick up and read.

This book is also good for helping you figure out what to do with your negative emotions, all your emotions in general, so, I highly suggest it for those who have done the work and are good at establishing what their feelings and emotions are and what they mean, as mentioned, this is a book for those who are ALREADY on the journey to being happy, healthy, and awesome.

If you are on that path, but know you give too many fucks about too many things, this is definitely a good book for you. This book is also a quick read, written by a blogger who clearly grasps how to get points across succinctly, in an easy to read way, so no fear for those with slower reading styles, this book flies by fast, and, as mentioned, while Non-Fiction, is a light enough read for unwinding and relaxing in the bath or before bed.

Find a bookstore Amazon hasn’t put out of business, or cave and order it from somewhere, but definitely go grab a copy if this is the kind of book you may be needing (Spoilers, you probably do, because we all care way too much about all the wrong shit.)

Thanks for Reading,

Abbi

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