This book is tough to put down. It’s written in a highly engaging way. I’ve learned a lot about myself through reading it and I suspect that applying some of the mental models from it will lead to many more realisations. Highly recommended, particularly if you’re feeling a bit stuck in life.
Something is very wrong with the world. It’s us. We have abandoned our quest for character in favour of one for happiness and we have created a world of diversions that give the illusion of freedom but in fact keep us docile and imprisoned.
Manson has written a book that will stay with me for a while. This very well-researched exploration into human virtues (and hope in particular) isn’t exactly warm and fuzzy. Nor is it pessimistic. In fact it is paradoxically optimistic for a book that genuinely and convincingly lays out that everything is indeed f*cked!
His trademark wit is still on display but Manson strikes a slightly more academic tone than in his first book, which was a welcome change of pace. In fact this book has inspired me to learn more about Manson’s (and the world’s) philosophical greats and read a few of his sources. I think that’s a good thing.
Manson, once again, holds a mirror up to the reader, which can be confronting (in a good way), and makes demands on us to be better. Not merely hope to be better. But BE better. And that’s a message I can get behind.
I preferred this book to the Subtle Art where Mark Manson gained his reputation. He's easy to read but IMO doesn't use enough facts or data to back up. He's a good blog writer and enjoyable to read but he's no Malcolm Gladwell!
Thank you Mark Manson for dedicating your life to improving this world that we all share. Some people are out to make a quick buck, Mark's putting his legacy on the line and is giving his all. Sometimes you get different things from a book depending on where you are in life. I can see this book being a book still read in 100 years + time. A more difficult book to comprehend, some massive implications for the way we can be more satisfied with our lives.