It would be a crime for me to start this review without giving Mark Manson credit for the brilliance of his chosen title. Nothing sells like calculated outrage. With that out-of-the-way let us get down to business.
The author of this book does not hide his disdain for the average self-help book. In a way this book is a critique of modern self-development books and Mark is opposed to the notion that we should seek perfection in all aspects of our lives.
In his own words Mark Mason states that we should not even try for such perfection. Rather reserve your f*cks for what truly matters in life. But how exactly do we do this in a society where nothing but the best is expected from us all of the time. Thisis where disappointment panda is introduced to us. A lovable bear who can’t help but tell us the truth.
Panda reveals to us that the path to happiness is full of shit hips and shame. Happiness Mark states only comes from solving our problems. By this stage in the book your core values are shaken but Mark is just getting started.
Mark states in plain English that we are not special and criticizes the self-esteem movement. He blames this movement for a generation of entitled people who merely feel special for special sake. Instead he says in reality people are special when they have a good reason to feel special. The feeling of being special can be felt by anyone who has the slightest problem and works towards solving it.
In a world where social media constantly bombards us with images of perfection and success Mason suggest we hit the chill button and stop giving so many f*cks. Re- prioritize your fucks for what matters. How you may be asking? Read the book I say?
On that note I will give this book a 4 out 5. It’s a fresh take on the causes of modern-day anxiety written by a highly intelligent blogging extraordinaire. Perfect for anyone who gives to many f*cks.