A great read. A very entertaining romp through philosophical thought by a skilled wordsmith, but I would say the age cut-off for this book is 50. Beyond 50, you've probably already learned most of the lessons in this book the hard way, however, I can see where it can be extremely helpful for a generation that spends most of its waking hours posting narcissistic selfies on their iphones. Manson gives you the blueprints to get your head out of your ass, (or out of your phone) take a hard look at yourself and the real world around you, and shed many of the illusions you've been slowly poisoning your life with. If you're a millennial, or even a disenchanted X-gen, pick up this book. It will give you at least a more healthy point of view. But, if you're over 50, you're not going to find anything new in here except entertainment.
This book is written for a younger audience, in that if you are older, you have already figured this message out. It's a simple read and there are good lessons to be learned, but if you are over the age of 30 and you don't already know this, you are just sad. Don't be alarmed by the first chapter; it gets better, however be prepared to get used to the word "METRICS" used about 80 billion times.
A quick read, but mostly recycled cliches and stories you've probably heard before. Author twists and turns quite a bit to create value, but bottom line is that the book could be turned into a fortune cookie: only worry about important stuff.
Actually, a fortune cookie also comes with lucky numbers on the flip side of the paper, and you get Chinese food. A way better deal.
Looking at it now I got exactly what I should have expected. the message is pretty banal and vague and at times seem contradictory: "don't care about the unimportant stuff, but it's important to figure out what is important, and still don't ruin your life if you screw up the important stuff just learn from it and try not to be too afraid to make mistakes..." and on and on with more platitudes and truisms.
no real insights to be had here, just something that is like a skewed facsimile or satire of a self help book that generously uses expletives (at first endearing but quickly tiring) before getting a little more sincere by sharing [possibly made-up] anecdotes with life lessons.
I give this book 3 stars, because while I enjoyed reading it, I’m not sure whether I found it to be of value. I have tried to implement some of the thinking that the book describes, including letting go of my entitlement, and choosing what I give my energy to. But at times I felt like ok I get the message here, and then the author would start talking about something that almost contradicted what he’d just been saying and then I got confused what the takeaway message was meant to be. At times it also just came across as a story about him and his life, rather than something I could find helpful for my life. And the title, while very catchy, potentially does not really encompass the message from the book. The idea is not to not give a f**k, it’s about choosing what to care about so that we don’t all get bogged down by caring too much about every little thing. Although other than telling you to choose what you give a f**k about, he doesn’t really tell you how to achieve this, how to reframe things, or how to change your thinking. So while there are things that I’ve tried to take from reading the book, I felt like perhaps the book didn’t reach its full potential.
The insights in this book aren't new, but they're pretty sharp. This book is a good reminder of things we already know but often forget. But this isn't the work of a trained psychologist; they're armchair philosophies. The prose is snappy but not transformative. And by the end, I was thrilled to be done with it.
1) the random use of swearing is awkward. Some chapters it is everywhere, some chapters there are none. Did Mark just get angry sometimes? Maybe it makes sense on a blog, but it looks artificial on book.
2) For several times he shared his experience with his girlfriends and his dead friend and started sharing lessons learned. Most people realized something after some life experiences. The stories just didn't seem to be representative enough to support his ideas.
3) I actually found myself loosing energy reading this book. Maybe I'm a high energy person and expect every book I read changed me positively, even just by a slight degree. But having read 85% this book I am trying hard to finish it up (it's a commitment to myself that I read each book cover to cover). I found it difficult to learn something positive from the book. I will just skim through the rest quickly and move on.
I should know better than to fall for books that come with lots of hype because I almost never agree with "the masses", but I liked the idea of what Manson wrote about so I gave it some of my reading time. The things mentioned in the book are logical and make immense sense, they're also presented with interesting and sometimes personal anecdotes that really help get the point across. Manson's writing is straight to the point and natural; it flows like a conversation rather than a self-help rant. All this, and I still couldn't find much enthusiasm for the things being said because I find them to be basic things that I've always believed. It did give me a few things to consider and maybe look up, but I don't get why people keep telling me that it's "life changing."
Not what I was expecting, I heard so many good things about it so I thought I'd give it a go. I just finished reading "The Four Agreements" and this book (the art of no f@ks - lol) wasn't what I was going for, kind of the opposite of the books I've been reading. I'm only a few chapters in and I've stopped reading it already, gonna try to re-sell it actually.