The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Mark Manson wrote a nice piece about what it means to take ownership and when to say no. It’s a nice long-read with good lessons for leadership. Two pieces I liked in particular.

A quote by Eric Hoffer:

A man is likely to mind his own business when it is worth minding. When it is not, he takes his mind off his own meaningless affairs by minding other people’s business.

And his three subtleties on what it means to not giving a fuck:

 #1: Not Giving A Fuck Does Not Mean Being Indifferent; It Means Being Comfortable With Being Different

#2: To Not Give A Fuck About Adversity, You Must First Give A Fuck About Something More Important Than Adversity

#3: We All Have A Limited Number Of Fucks To Give; Pay Attention To Where And Who You Give Them To

It’s well worth the read even if it’s just for the images and this wonderful pearls of wisdom: “Fucks don’t grow on trees”. It fits quite well with a story on Obama from last November:

President Obama genuinely gives no fucks at this point. He is fuck devoid. Fuck deficient. Fuck deprived. Fuck destitute. His cupboard of fucks is barren; his tank of fucks has been depleted. You know how, on cloudy nights, you might look up into the vast and endless sky and not find any stars? The same thing would happen if you looked at Obama and searched for fucks.