[WIR] - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

[WIR] - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Written by: Mark Manson
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins


I'm not one for self-help books. However this provided an interesting perspective and, I hope, will change my way of thinking. Now I won't lie, I bought it based on the title alone. But the short read has made an impact.

If nothing else, the one section that has stuck with me is defining goals. Many people, including myself, have made goals like "graduate college" and "get married" or "get that promotion" and "make more money." While these are important, they can leave you underwhelmed once achieved; they leave a vacuum. I want to get better and making goals based on my values. These are always present and critical. I want to be a good father and a good husband. These require constant work and attention.

Another part that stands out is when the author was deciding what to do with his life in his early twenties. He basically said "what's the difference between being unemployed at 22 and 25?" as a stepping off point for a new entrepreneurial adventure. If it failed, he would be right back to where he was now anyway so it is worth the shot. This stands out because this same week I listened to a podcast where the co-founder of Angie's List was told the same thing by her grandfather. Embedded below:

This book kept my interest the entire time. I would recommend it for people who are trying to balance their lives a bit better.