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Book Review: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

"[Mark] Manson makes the argument that human beings are flawed and limited. As he writes, "not everybody can be extraordinary -- there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them -- this, he says, is the real source of empowerment. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties -- once we stop running from and avoiding, and start confronting, painful truths -- we can begin to find the courage and confidence we desperately seek."

(Blurb excerpt taken from the back of the book.

All credit to author Mark Manson and his publisher)

This book blew my mind in so many ways. There are so many quotable phrases, I could fill this review with them, but I won't. I'm not really sure how to word my opinion about this book only that its the best self help book I've ever read. It's conversational in tone, humourous at times, and serious when it needs to be. It's also very easy to understand, no big vocabulary needed or academic excellence. It's meant for the every day person.

I think the most profound thing this book teaches is that the negative can be good. Mark Manson describes it better than I'm going to here, but he talks about how trying to be happy through manifestation actually makes you less happy. By repeating things like "I am rich. I am beautiful." etc people says it helps you because pretending you're already there, will help you get there, but Manson argues that doing this only reminds you that you lack it in the first place.

Anyway, I'll stop this review here by saying that the best thing to do is try the free ebook sample to get a taste for the book and go from there.

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