Book Review

A review of the book ;The subtle act of not giving a f*ck compiled by Adekola Aanuoluwapo


This is a very interesting review of the book; The subtle act of not giving a f*ck: A counterintuitive approach to living a good life compiled by Adekola Aanuoluwapo. 

The book is a very great read and not the conventional type of books out there. The book challenges the most predetermined human mindset by giving a counterintuitive approach to living a good life. Enjoy the review below…

Reading this book was really an exciting and insightful adventure for me. It’s a book that guides on how to really live well. Mark Manson suggested many ideas that are so contradictory to those we have always known. He unravels these from different perspectives using history, fiction as well as his own real-life experiences. The title of the book is somewhat awkward, maybe you felt like I did…but I think its a perfect title for it; yes! That was what actually attracted me to buy the book!

Mark Manson explained that it is important to carefully choose what you care about as it is not everything that is worth your attention. He emphasized that solving problems is vital to living a good life and he furthermore said that,  choosing to be happy all the time is a problem.  Sometimes, it’s okay for things or even you to suck!!!

So the important questions to ask oneself are these:

  1. What problems are you willing to take on?
  2. What are you willing to fail at?
  3. What pain do you want in your life?

The Author, Mark Manson also highlighted that our values are the driving force of whatever we do, so if you have superficial and unhealthy values; it will definitely tell in your life. (Good food for thought)

Here are a few of the quotes that I  found very enlightening from the book:

  1. The more something threatens your identity, the more you will avoid it.
  2. Don’t be special, don’t be unique…choose rather to measure yourself by more mundane identities; a student, a friend, a partner.
  3. Don’t find yourself, never know who you are, because that’s what keeps you striving and discovering.

In Conclusion

This book is sure a good read and I totally enjoyed it. I also learned a great deal but there was no preface nor defined concluding chapter nevertheless I strongly recommend for anyone that is willing to grow and improve their lives.

The subtle act of not giving a f*uck is an exceptional book that gives counterintuitive ideas on living well, the author has well-defined ideas, it’s language is convincing and I resonate with most these ideas. It’s my first time reading a book of this sort in only a week! I look forward to more books from Mark Manson.


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