The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson Book Review and Key Takeaways

I recently read the book “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck” by Mark Manson and here is my feedback.

Awesome book.

That’s it, i’m done, seminar is over and we can all go home now lol.

Honestly, it’s a great book that covers the very essence of not giving a f*ck about life’s nagging problems. Of course, we all have problems and the book doesn’t just tell you to not care. What it does teach is to focus your energy on the most important things in your life and the things that mean most to you.

For example, we tend to give too many f*cks about things that happen to us. It could be TV shows being cancelled, someone cutting you off on the freeway, or even being served a cuppaccino instead of a mocha.

These things just drain our energy and as we get older, there’s only a limited amount of energy we all have.

Below are some great key takeaways from the book.


I must admit, Mark covered a lot of Buddhism principles in this book. If you’re like me and follow Buddhism, you’ll learn the importance of detachment. When we attach ourselves to a particular outcome, such as having a certain amount of money in the bank in order to be happy, we end up suffering and being miserable when we don’t get it.

Since life is constantly changing, even our emotions, it’s completely absurd to depend our happiness on a particular event that will change.

This is the essence of the book. Mark takes Buddhism principles and relates it back to modern times that’s easy to understand and apply. By being detached to certain outcomes, we live a life without giving a f*ck about anything.

More Problems

More problems is good. Many people think that in order to be happy, you need to not have any problems. It’s absolutely impossible to not have any problems in life. So once you accept that you will always have problems, you let go of the notion that happiness does not mean no problems.

In fact, the better your life gets and also the more things you achieve, you bigger your problems get and that is fine. Seek bigger and juicer problems.

Do Something

Another great chapter in the book is to focus on just doing something. Most people get stuck in the old analysis paralysis where they never execute due to too much details. I used to fall for this trap so now I just execute. Mark recommends for you to simply launch and then figure out what to do along the way. This is a great strategy for no one can plan everything possible not their way to the target.


Overall, this is a great book. I really admire Mark’s writing for you can easily tell he’s a great writer. I would assume this is because he’s been blogging for years and it really shows in this book. A great book that teaches you the subtle art of not giving a f*ck.

Stay Strong and Be Relentless.

Khoa Bui

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Author: Khoa Bui

Khoa Bui is an author, trainer and chief editor of YouBeRelentless. He enjoys reading books on self development, success, productivity, money, relationships and leadership. When he’s not writing, he likes to enjoy a glass of red wine with a fine cuban cigar while watching the entire season of Entourage. You can check out Khoa’s work at

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