read.cash is a platform where you could earn money (total earned by users so far: $ 812,198.45).
You could get tips for writing articles and comments, which are paid in Bitcoin Cash (BCH) cryptocurrency,
which can be spent on the Internet or converted to your local money.
"The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck" is a self-help book written by Mark Manson. I had an urge to give this book a try because it is a well-known book on the internet and everyone keeps on suggesting it. I personally don't like self-help books that much because they are kind of boring because I find them common sense. But I still wanted to give this a try and what I did is instead of reading the book, I listened through the audiobook version instead that is available for free in Google Podcast or Spotify. I knew that if I read the book, I will not finish it and just feel sleepy so I opted for the other option. Listening to the audiobook version was nice. I did my plates while listening to it and I successfully finished it.
The book is a reaction to the self-help industry and what Manson saw as a culture of mindless positivity that is not practical or helpful for most people. Manson uses many of his own personal experiences to illustrate how life's struggles often give it more meaning, which, he argues, is a better approach than constantly trying to be happy. Manson's approach and writing style have been categorized by some as contrarian to the general self-help industry, using blunt honesty and profanity to illustrate his ideas.
The book walks me through the nine great chapters:
The author implies that suffering is inevitable in our life. There is no such thing as a perfect life because everyone experience different sorts of problem, may it be the wealthiest or most beautiful or sexiest people. You embrace the uncomfortable by pursuing something negative that generates positive.
Examples for this are: The pain in a gym, gives you energy. Failure at a test gives you more understandings and how to improve them in the future. Overcoming challenges and fears allows you to build courage.
The thing is that in our life, problems never stop, they just merely get exchanged or upgraded. Happiness results from solving these problems.
"Everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience."
Don't ask "What do I want out of life?". Instead ask "What pain do I want in my life?" or "What am I willing to struggle for?"
Example: People want amazing body, but you will only get there with willingness endure dedication at gym and by eating healthy. As for me, I am willing to struggle 5 years in studying Architecture in order for me to became an Architect. I am willing to be frugal, in order to attain financial freedom.
It is the same to number 1, embrace the uncomfortable. Embrace challenges and failures.
"One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."
"If you are unwilling to fail, you are unwilling to succeed."
Good Values - honesty, innovation, self-respect, curiosity, humility, creativity
Bad Values - feeling good all the time, dominance through manipulation, being the center of attention, not being alone, being liked by everybody, being a gunner/competitive and bring others down in order to get ahead.
As for me, my values are faith, kindness, creativity, knowledge, sustainability, gratitude, and freedom.
In assessing what your values are, it let you focuses on your priorities.
For me, I can summarize this book with this quote:
"Everyone gives a fuck about something, choose wisely what those things are."
Our world has so much noise nowadays, most of it is because of the internet. People are sharing their beautiful lives from one social media platform to another, there's so much opportunities popping up, too many advertisements coming out of nowhere, a lots of influencers, and so much more. Most of the time, it is really overwhelming.
Well, what this book taught me is to is to list down the things that are important to you and what you want to give a f*ck, focus on the things those, never mind about what's not in there.
For example, the things I give a f*ck are God, my family and my close friends, my studies, financial freedom, travel, and overall health.
In being specific of the things that are important for me, I don't have to think of pleasing other people or other things that are not align to my priorities.
If you have read this already, please let me know. If you haven't yet, do you have plans to read it anytime soon?