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Blogger and master of personal development advice “that doesn’t suck,” Mark Manson, explains why you shouldn’t care what others think or hide from adversity. His writing style is irreverent and unapologetically profane. If 127 occurrences of the word “fuck” seems excessive, this is not the article for you. For those who can get past his linguistic choices, he offers genuine insights into the habits that cause people to care too much about the wrong things. His playful style encourages self-reflection without angst. getAbstract recommends Manson’s perspective to readers with an interest in personal growth and a sense of humor.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why “not giving a fuck” is not the same as being indifferent,
  • How having realistic expectations can free you from anxiety and
  • Why it’s important to care about something bigger than your problems.

About the Author

Mark Manson is an author, blogger and entrepreneur. He writes personal development advice “that doesn’t suck.”



Charismatic people generally don’t “give a fuck” about what others think. They are fearless about speaking their minds and leaving situations they don’t enjoy. Most people know someone who has succeeded by behaving boldly. While it’s theoretically easy not to care about unimportant things, most people...

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    Denise Banister 4 months ago
    Great advice, focus on the big things and let go of the small.
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    joy wang 2 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries This is awesome idea which I cannot agree more! Aiming high and let the small annoyances go away is the right way to live a wise life.
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    DINESH HS 2 years ago
    I guess the core message here is -have belief in yourself, be resilient and focus on your bigger goals .
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    Karishma Samtani 2 years ago
    #30DaysofSummaries I like how he highlights the difference between being indifferent and being different
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    Ashish Agarwal 2 years ago
    Is this an example of Leading through Language?
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    Edward Brown 2 years ago
    This author also has a book out with the same title and subject. Get Abstract should do a "full summary of the full book."
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    Marcus Jennings 2 years ago
    I love how he makes the distinction between indifference and NOT being overly concerned with what others may think of your actions to the point where those concerns unduly influence what you think, feel and do. Moral courage comes to mind.
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    Edward Brown 2 years ago
    Please give us more from Mark Manson!
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    anthony Allen 2 years ago
    This is a VERY timely abstract!!
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    Edward Brown 2 years ago
    This is the best thing ever. Please give us more "raw and uncensored" summaries like this.

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