The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F*ck (2016), M. Manson

The book relates stories about fear of rejection, fear of death, fear of commitment and more. The kind of fear that preclude long term happiness. I’ve had those fears too and reading about them helps me.

Saying “no” is something I’ve been working on for the last few years. When I realized I was bad at it, it was difficult to change. Setting boundaries leads to short term uncomfort to the benefit of long term happiness. I’ve been choosing the latter more and don’t regret it.

I also like how this book says we don’t need to be exceptional. We need to do that we want to do and just not give a fuck about what’s not aligned with our values. Society dictates a lot of things to us, sometimes contradictory too. Sticking with what matters to us is the most important.

Clearly, a lot of research has gone into this book. References to Shakespeare, Ernest Becker, Tim Ferriss, Roy Baumeister and others support that and make for interesting further readings.

Hopefully, the reading of this book will help me be “a little less wrong” everyday, as Mark says.