Hey Savvy Readers,
If you haven’t indulged in the beauty that is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson yet, you must! This internationally bestselling book has sold over 2 million copies (!!!), so if that’s not a sign that it’s the generation-defining self-help guide that you need, I don’t know what is. Read on for our favourite quotes from this gem for a head start on that fill of inspiration you’ve been looking for!
You and everyone you know are going to be dead soon. And in the short amount of time between here and there, you have a limited amount of f*cks to give. Very few, in fact. And if you go around giving a f*ck about everything and everyone without conscious thought or choice – well, then you’re going to get f*cked.
Self-awareness is like an onion. There are multiple layers to it, and the more you peel them back, the more likely you’re going to start crying at inappropriate times.
While there is something to be said for “staying on the sunny side of life,” the truth is, sometimes life sucks, and the healthiest thing you can do is admit it.
This, in a nutshell, is what “self-improvement” is really about: prioritizing better values, choosing better things to give a f*ck about. Because when you give better f*cks, you get better problems. And when you get better problems, you get a better life.
All of this “every person can be extraordinary and achieve greatness” stuff is basically just jerking off your ego. It’s a message that tastes good going down, but in reality is nothing more than empty calories that make you emotionally fat and bloated, the proverbial Big Mac for your heart and your brain.
What determines your success isn’t, “What do you want to enjoy?” The relevant question is, “What pain do you want to sustain?” The path to happiness is a path full of sh*t-heaps and shame.
“Don’t hope for a life without problems,” the panda said. “There’s no such thing. Instead, hope for a life full of good problems.”
You are already choosing, in every moment of every day, what to give a f*ck about, so change is as simple as choosing to give a f*ck about something else. It really is that simple. It’s just not easy.
I have both some good news and some bad news for you: there is little unique or special about your problems. That’s why letting go is so liberating.
It’s not about giving a f*ck about everything your partner gives a f*ck about; it’s about giving a f*ck about your partner regardless of the f*cks he or she gives. That’s unconditional love, baby.
Well, what do you think Savvy Readers? We hope you learned a thing or two 😉! Will you be picking up a copy of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck? Or if you’ve already read it, what’s your favourite quote? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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