“This… is what ‘self-improvement’ is really about: prioritizing better values, choosing better things to give a fuck about. Because when you give better fucks, you get better problems. And when you get better problems, you get a better life.”
Had I stopped reading this book after the first chapter, I would’ve told you that it’s essentially articulate brotivation. Well-written, vulgar, yet inspiration perspective for dudes in their 20’s-40’s (honestly, right in my wheelhouse). I’m super glad that I delved into Ch. 2 because it takes you further on Mark Manson’s winding trail of self-exploration.
From the first page, Mark challenges many of the paradigms built into our being as Americans. He utilizes a cascade of anecdotes and counterintuitive rationale to point out the faults in so many of the “self-help” methods society takes. He asks the reader the uncomfortable questions that the reader hasn’t or won’t ask themselves.
Mark explains how not giving a fuck is a positive, but not giving a fuck about anything is… well, fucking lame. Reading this book feels like a much-needed conversation with a close friend after 7 or 8 beers. There’s a “I know you don’t want to hear this, but I don’t give a fuck, because you need to” vibe echoing throughout every chapter and opening your mind to it is freeing.
Read it. Or don’t. I don’t give a fuck either way. (But you should probably read it.)
A link to purchasing the book can be found here