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The book is hard to place in a single category, combining memoir, philosophy and a self-help book into an unorthodox format. Mark Manson’s book is about not caring too much about anything that isn’t mission-critical.
It’s called the self-help book for people who are sick of the self-help genre.
This book teaches you lessons that are applicable regardless of the generation you belong to.
And, I agree that learning Manson’s practical life lessons is convenient timing regardless of your age because you do still have major decision-making years ahead of you, and having his guidance in mind ensures that you will be living life happily and freely.
Without further ado, here are 8 notable lessons from “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck”:
1) HAPPINESS CANNOT BE FOUND SOMEWHERE. INSTEAD, IT’S A REWARD FOR GOOD DECISION-MAKING.
Happiness is not something that is magically bestowed upon you. You won’t find happiness waiting for you.
Instead, happiness is a constant work-in-progress. True happiness is a positive emotion that you’re rewarded with after taking the proper action when faced with a problem.
2) WHO YOU ARE IS DEFINED BY WHAT YOU ARE WILLING TO STRUGGLE FOR.
If you want the end reward, you have to be willing to struggle for it. You can’t want the result but not the process it takes to get to the end result.
The most simple and basic component of life is that your struggles determine your successes.
3) SOMETIMES FAILURE ISN’T A FAILURE AND YOU’RE LOOKING AT SITUATIONS WRONG.
It’s critical to set appropriate values for situations and measure them by appropriate metrics.
What is objectively true about a situation you’re in is not as important as how you choose to measure the situation and value it.
4) NEGATIVE EMOTIONS ARE A NECESSARY COMPONENT OF EMOTIONAL HEALTH.
Things go wrong. People upset you. Accidents happen. Denying your negative emotions will only perpetuate problems, rather than solve them.
Instead, you need to express your negative emotions in a healthy and appropriate way that aligns with your values.
5) SELF-IMPROVEMENT IS ABOUT CHOOSING BETTER THINGS TO GIVE A F*CK ABOUT.
When you have poor values, you give f*cks about things that don’t matter and only make life worse.
But, when you have better values, you divert your f*cks toward things that improve your state of well-being, generate happiness, increase pleasure, and lead to success.
6) YOU ARE INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS IN YOUR LIFE, NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES.
While you cannot always control what happens to you, you can always control how you interpret what happens to you and how you respond.
You are always making choices about things to give a f*ck about, whether you realize it or not.
7) ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR PROBLEMS IS THE FIRST STEP TO SOLVING THEM.
The more often you choose to accept responsibility in your life, the more power you will exercise over your life.
Responsibility results from choices you’re currently making in the present.
8) LIFE ITSELF IS A FORM OF SUFFERING.
Sometimes life sucks, and that’s actually okay. Suffering is biologically useful, as it’s nature’s preferred agent for inspiring change.
A certain degree of dissatisfaction keeps you fighting, striving, building, and conquering.
Pain and suffering teach you to pay attention when you’re being careless, show you what’s good for you versus what’s bad for you, and help you understand your limitations.
Pain is an indication of something being out of equilibrium so you can recalibrate.
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