Subtle Art


Notes on

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k

Mark Manson


"Failing helps you to succeed"
"Improvement at anything is based on thousands of tiny failures and the magnitude of your success is based on how many times you've failed at something."
"We can be truly successful only at something we're willing to fail at. If we're unwilling to fail, then we're unwilling to succeed."
"Every new conversation, every new relationship, brings new challenges for honest expression. The value is an ongoing lifelong process that defies completion."
"The reason for Pablo Picasso's success is exactly the same reason why, as an old man at 90, he was happy to scribble drawings on a napkin alone in a café. His underlying value was simple and humble. And it was endless. It was the value "honest expression." And this is what made that napkin so valuable."
"Perhaps you're coming out of the most significant challenge of your life and are bewildered because everything you previously thought to be true and normal and good has turned to be the opposite. That's good - that's the beginning. I can't stress this enough but pain is part of the process. It's important to feel it. Because if you just chase after highs to cover up the pain, if you continue to indulge in entitlement and delusional positive thinking, if you continue to over indulge in various substances or activities, then you'll never generate the requisite motivation to actually challenge."
"Certainty is the enemy of growth. Nothing is for certain until it has already happened. Even then, it is acceptable. That's why accepting any imperfections is necessary for any growth to take place."
"The brain is imperfect. We mistake things we see and hear. We forget or misinterpret events easily. Once we create meaning for ourselves, our thoughts hold on to that meaning. We are biased towards the meaning our mind has made, and we don't want to let go of it. Even if we see evidence that contradicts the meaning we created, we often ignore it and keep on believing anyway."