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The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck


Title : The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck : A Counterintuitive Approach to Living A Good Life

Author : Mark Manson

In this millenials modern world and as a human being, we always take everything too seriously especially from social medias eventhough it’s something that out of our control. Mark Manson use his own life as an example in this book for readers to see more clearly about choosing what is important and unimportant in their life to make themself better in life, at work and how to achieve it.

These are few of my favourite quotes/sayings in this book;

1. “Improvement at anything is based on thousands of tiny failures, and the magnitude of your success is based on how many times you’ve failed at something. If someone is better than you at something, it’s likely because she has failed at it more than you have. If someone is worse than you, it’s likely because he hasn’t been through all the painful learning experiences that you have.”

2. “The desire for more positive experience is itself a negative experience. And paradoxically, the acceptance of one’s negative experience is itself a positive experience.”

3. “Self-improvement and success often occur together. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the same thing. Our culture today is obsessively focused on unrealistically positive expectations; be better than the rest, buy more, make more, be more envied etc. Ironically this fixation on the positive—on what’s better, what’s superior—only serves to remind us over and over again of what we are not, of what we lack, of what we have been but we failed to be. After all, no trully happy person feels the need to stand in front of a mirror and recite that she happy. SHE JUST IS.”

4. “There is a simple realization from which all personal improvement and growth emerges. This is the realization that we, individually, are responsible for everything in our lives, no matter the external circumstances. We don’t always control what happens to us. But we always control how we interpret what happen to us, as well as how we respond. Whether we consciously recognize it or not, we are always responsible  for our experiences. It’s impossible not to be. Choosing to not consciously interpret events in our lives is still an interpretation of the events in our lives. Choosing.”

These insightful, easy to digest and funny perspectives on life is what make the book worth a read. I hope whoever read this book will only take home only the good and go beyond this book to be more content, more grateful and the best version of themselves.”

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