Book Review : The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck , a book by acclaimed New York Time selling author Mark Manson.

Mark Manson managed to make many people change perspectives in life. Most people think of following the stereotypes that exist in society, but Mark Manson makes us ignore the stereotypes.

Any doubts and questions about the little things in life, the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson, manages to answer them.

The book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck has become the most purchased book in bookstores. It has been sitting in the window for the best selling book category for a long time in 2020.

There’s a lot to be gained from the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson . The following are thoughts that we can learn from the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.


An Art To Be Stupid It Means To Be Ignorant

Thoughts of indifference sound harsh and evil, turn into a thought that increases the mental strength in us to face life.

Don’t care is a word that Mark Manson sticks to, so that his readers no longer feel guilty for thinking so stupid or not caring. Not caring at all does not mean indifferent behavior.

Indifference and indifferent are very different.

In the first chapter of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, we will explain in detail why we have to act like we don’t care at all.

Being indifferent doesn’t mean being indifferent, not caring means being comfortable being different , as Mark Manson wrote.

It’s not that simple, Mark Manson explains on his “don’t be special ” page. Definition of indifferent? explained in the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, indifference means those who are weak and timid, those who are classified as “couch potatoes”.

Mark Manson thinks couch potatoes sometimes act like they don’t care, but they don’t really care because they’re immature. They don’t like being criticized.


Don’t Try Too Hard

If only we cared what other people say? Dare to follow our heart. Happy and active with our routine. It doesn’t matter if you win or lose.

Mark Manson explained, that’s not the real value . We have to accept that the world isn’t always on our side, but it doesn’t matter.

You’ll find the ironic fact in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck that we don’t really have to try.

Directing thoughts on positive things: about what is better and what is superior will only remind ourselves again and again about our failures, our shortcomings, what we should have done but failed to achieve.

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Like this, if we realize that we are happy, there is no need, right, every morning to say in front of the mirror that we are happy. “Stay happy, stay healthy.” or “You are beautiful.”

Mark Manson reminds us to be “All right, just believe in yourself today.”.


Values ​​of Life / Principles and Values ​​of Life

The book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck also covers the story of the world famous heavy metal guitarist, Dave Munstaine .

Dave Munstaine had been kicked out of his band , then determined to become a musician who was far greater than the band . He devoted himself to heavy metal music and formed his own band, Megadeth .

Dave Munstaine is considered the legendary and most influential, most brilliant heavy metal musician in the history of heavy metal music . Dave Munstaine has released more than 25 million albums, and toured around the world.

Unfortunately the band that first kicked Dave Munstaine was Metallica , who sold 180 million copies of the album worldwide.

Even with such success, Dave Munstaine still considers himself a failure, because he measured the value of life by beating Metallica, while his fans around the world measure Mustaine in different ways.

Mark Manson berkata, “Do what you love, love what you do. Don’t think about awards, winning or losing. Just do it!”

Ultimately, Mark Manson divides life values ​​into two categories:

  • Bad Values ​​/ Bad life values

The bad values ​​of life, namely enjoyment, material success, always feeling right, and staying positive.

Although being positive is a good attitude, for Mark Manson, negative emotions are a component of emotional health that must be present. Denying the negative side is the same as perpetuating the problem, not solving it.

Bad life values ​​can be identified from superstitious, socially destructive, and uncontrollable beliefs . Usually comes from external factors

  • Good Values ​​/ Good Life Values

Mark Manson mentions the values ​​of the good life , namely honesty, innovation, defending oneself, defending others, self-respect, curiosity, charity, humility, and creativity.

The values ​​of a good life are based on facts or facts that have happened. The values ​​of a good life are also socially constructive, can be controlled, and usually come from internal factors.


Don’t Be Special

Because the truth is we’ve never been special.

Mark Manson means it this way, when we feel that we are lucky. that we can do everything easily. We will begin to increase our self-confidence on a delusional level .

Because in reality, we are not that special. We will become narcissistic, consider others below us. Mark Manson said that failure is really useful for creating a strong and successful person.

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There’s no such thing as a personal problem . When you have a problem, there is a chance that millions of other people have the same problem. Either then, now, or tomorrow. It could be a stranger, a friend, or a relative.

You’re not the only victim. Again, as simple as that you are not special.

Most of us can be categorized as “mediocre” in almost any area. Even if we are special in one area, the chances are that we are average or below average in other areas.

Such is the nature of life. To be extraordinary in a field. There is no other way, other than to take the journey of dedicating our energy and time to achieve it.


Thoughts to Be a Successful Person

No worries.. we are all destined to be successful people . In the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, there is a funny question, that if everyone is successful, what does it mean to hold the title of being successful?

The nickname of successful people is even considered the new standard of failure. Many people are afraid to accept their successful selves, because they believe that if they accept them, they will never achieve anything again.

It never changes for the better, and their life will no longer have any meaning and this can be a dangerous thought.

In fact, successful people, managed to become professionals in their field not because they think that they are special or belong to the category of successful people.

On the other hand, successful people have an obsession with improving themselves again and again and never feel special.



The book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck doesn’t just slap us on the unrevealed realities.

Nobody is perfect. Even human memory is an absolute inaccuracy.

For Mark Manson, no one’s speech is 100% correct, there must be errors or system errors when we speak. So never feel that you are the most correct.

Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck uncovers the true secrets of the human mind. We just need to ignore everything. There is no need to overdo it, because in fact, we will still be fine with our stance as it is.

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