“What are you looking for?” a friendly saleswoman asked me.
“I would like to read a book like *The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fck*. Do you have something similar?”* I said.
“Have you read The Secret?” she murmured.
“And can you suggest something not from the fantasy field?” I asked, “something down to earth. Sincere and…I want a good kick in my ass!” I told her!
Then she offered me Mark Manson’s second book “Everything Is F*cked.”
I bought it. But I needed more and more. I opened Google. Wrote the following in the search box: “Authors like Mark Manson”, and after that: “Books like The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fck.”*
There were many articles. But all offers were snotty. Sometimes bloggers seem to write with their feet. So I decided to write down my own list. I left my job, my loved one, and went in search of a book…
Nah, I’m kidding; I didn’t leave anything behind. I simply put in a lot of time, and that’s it. So, I present twenty books that have similar vibes and approaches like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fck.”*
Oh yes, this list is so good that when Mark Manson reads this article (and he surely will), he will thank me and share it on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.
These amazing books will save your ass from self-f*cking.
It means that if you don’t use my recommendations, you will regret it all your life!
“Alex, enough promotions, give me books,” readers will say. Okay, take my list:
How to Win Friends and Influence People
You can obtain the job you desire! You can enhance your work! You can make any scenario work for you!
“How to Win Friends and Influence People” has sold over 15 million books since 1936. It contains timeless wisdom that has propelled countless now-famous individuals to succeed professionally and personally.
Dale Carnegie’s teachings are timeless and will help you attain your full potential in today’s complicated and competitive world.
Learn how to win others over to your way of thinking and how to influence them without causing animosity, therefore not giving a f*ck about failing.
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
“Atomic Habits” provides a solid foundation for daily improvement. Author James Clear shares practical ways for forming good habits, breaking bad ones, and mastering the subtle art of actions of not giving a f*ck.
The issue isn’t you; it’s your habits. Your system is broken. Bad behaviors continue not because you don’t want to change but because your change method is flawed. You don’t reach your ambitions. Your systems bring you down. The system you’ll learn here is tried and true.
Clear is noted for his ability to simplify difficult concepts into basic daily and work habits. He uses the latest research in biology, psychology, and neuroscience to develop an easy-to-follow guide to creating healthy habits and avoiding negative ones. True tales from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, corporate leaders, life-saving doctors, and star comedians will inspire and delight readers along the journey.
Make time for new habits (even when life gets chaotic), overcome a lack of inspiration and willpower, organize your surroundings for success, and more.
No matter whether you want to win a championship, change an industry, or just stop smoking, lose weight, or decrease stress, Atomic Habits can help you accomplish your goals.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change
When Stephen Covey originally published “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” it became an immediate bestseller. On the other hand, people realized they were going on the wrong path and that there were simple things they could do to change their fate—a fantastic guide to leading a successful life and attaining their goals.
However, not everyone understands or has read Stephen Covey’s model. This is true because we still witness so much failure. Not that following Covey’s or anybody else’s model can guarantee success, but based on the number of books sold, we should have seen many more successful stories, right? So, where is the flaw?
There are two major issues here, simply talking about readers. The first issue is that most individuals are too indolent to follow Stephen Covey’s ideas. They dismiss his masterwork as a simple coffee-table book or a book for casual reading while traveling. They have no idea this book has life-altering knowledge. Or they absorb the information but don’t use it to gain knowledge.
The second issue is that many individuals misunderstand Covey’s beliefs. These are those who already like the book. They can recite the seven habits from end to end, but they miss the bigger picture. They don’t realize Covey was attempting to convey more than he wrote. Yes, this novel has hidden meanings that many people have missed.
Covey’s book, or rather, his paradigm, was self-contained. Nothing was wrong with it. If you use it, no part of your life should be left untouched. All you have to do is grasp these values and strive to live by them.
As you know, Paulo Coelho’s captivating work has a worldwide audience. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd kid called Santiago who goes from Spain to Egypt to find a treasure hidden near the Pyramids.
Along the route, he encounters a Romany lady, a king, and an alchemist, all of whom help him in his quest. We don’t know what the treasure is or whether Santiago can overcome the difficulties in his way, but what begins as a quest for earthly things transforms into a search for wealth inside.
Santiago’s narrative is a timeless tribute to the transformative power of aspirations and the value of following our hearts.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
It’s Robert’s narrative of growing up with two fathers—his actual father and his best friend’s “rich dad”—and how both men affected his views on money and investment. The book debunks the idea that you have to be affluent to work for money and discusses the difference between the two.
This book emphasizes the subtle art of not giving a f*ck about what anyone says.
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Upon entering a laboratory, a young lady is seen. She has changed practically every element of her life in two years—she gave up smoking, ran a marathon, and got a raise. Neurologists notice that her brain’s patterns have altered.
Procter & Gamble marketers watch films of individuals making beds. They’re feverishly attempting to promote a new product called Febreze, which is destined to be one of the company’s worst disasters. Suddenly, one of them notices a small pattern—and Febreze earns a billion dollars a year with a bit of tweak in advertising.
Untried CEO takes over one of America’s top firms. His initial move is to address a specific tendency among his employees—how they handle worker safety—and Alcoa quickly becomes the Dow Jones’ top performer.
What unites them? They succeeded by concentrating on the patterns that form our life.
They changed their behaviors.
“The Power of Habit” brings us to the cutting edge of scientific findings that explain why habits exist and how they may be modified. Duhigg brings to life a fresh view of human nature and its capacity for reform.
We discover why some individuals and corporations struggle to change for years while others appear to transform suddenly. We go to neuroscientists’ labs to learn how habits function and where they live in our brains. Michael Phelps, Howard Schultz, and Martin Luther King Jr. all have good routines that helped them succeed. We journey inside Procter & Gamble, Target, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s top hospitals to explore how keystone behaviors can make or break businesses, save lives, and even save lives.
Understanding how habits function is the key to routinely exercising, reducing weight, raising outstanding children, being more productive, developing revolutionary businesses and social movements, and attaining success.
Habits don’t make you who you are. Our lives may be transformed by this new science, as shown by Charles Duhigg.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
You must trust in some secrets to create a better future.
The great secret of our time is that fresh innovations and unknown horizons await. Famous entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel tells us how to develop new things in “Zero to One” like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck”.*
Despite being seduced by flashy mobile gadgets, Thiel believes we are in a time of technological standstill. Technology has advanced swiftly, yet development need not be restricted to computers or Silicon Valley. Progress is possible in every sector or corporation. It originates from the most fundamental leadership skill: Thinking for yourself.
Adding more of something familiar to the world by doing what someone else already knows how to do takes it from 1 to n. You move from 0 to 1 if you do anything new. The next Bill Gates won’t design an OS; no one will succeed Larry Page or Sergey Brin; today’s winners will not be tomorrow’s champions. Their enterprises will be distinctive; therefore, they will be immune to competition.
A new way of thinking about innovation begins with asking questions that lead to unexpected discoveries of value.
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
There were at least six human species 100,000 years ago. Now there is one. Homo sapiens, to be precise. How did our species win the dominance battle? Why did our foraging ancestors build cities and kingdoms? How did we come to trust money, books, and laws and be imprisoned by bureaucracy, deadlines, and consumerism? And in millennia to come, how will our planet be?
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari covers the whole history of humankind, from the first people through the revolutionary—and sometimes disastrous—Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. He analyzes how historical currents have impacted our human cultures, animals and plants, and even our personalities. Has history made us happier? Can we ever be free of our forefathers’ legacy? And what can we do to affect future centuries?
Sapiens is an intense, wide-ranging, and divisive book that calls into question everything we think we know about ourselves: our beliefs, actions, power, and future.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Kahneman takes us on a remarkable tour of the mind in “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, explaining the two systems that drive the human mindset. System 1 is instinctive and emotive, whereas System 2 is deliberate and intellectual. On the other hand, Kahneman shows the persistent effect of intuitive sensations on our ideas and actions. The profound impact of cognitive biases on everything from stock market trading to vacation planning can only be understood by understanding how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.
Causing a spirited debate on how we think, Kahneman explains when we may trust our intuitions and how to profit from slow thinking. We may employ numerous ways to defend against the mental defects that frequently bring us into difficulty. “Thinking, Fast and Slow” will alter your perspective on mindset.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
New York Times No. 1 Bestseller “You Are A Badass” is a self-help book for people who want to improve their life but don’t want to get caught in the process.
Author and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero gives us 27 bite-sized chapters packed with delightfully uplifting anecdotes, sensible advice, simple exercises, and the odd curse word. “You Are a Badass” can help you make big improvements around here and start not giving a f*ck: You’ll learn to identify and modify self-sabotaging attitudes and habits, overcome phobias so you can take large thrilling chances, learn to love yourself and others, set big objectives and achieve them—essentially how to build a life you truly love, and how to create it now.
“You Are a Badass” will show you how to love what you can’t change, change what you can, and kick some major asses with force.
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
He teaches that living in the now leads to pleasure and enlightenment. For anybody who has ever questioned what it means to “live in the moment,” Tolle’s straightforward language, sympathetic voice, and excitement make this a wonderful guidebook. Above all, Tolle is a master teacher who can convey complex ideas in simple terms. More significantly, after reading this book, readers are more aware of how ideas and emotions interfere with their capacity to live in true serenity and pleasure.
“The Power of Now” is jam-packed with knowledge and inspiration. There are also topics on how to be more aware of your surroundings and how to be more aware of yourself. Thankfully, he’s put “break time” markings. Close the book and reflect on what you just read. “The Power of Now” is a spiritual handbook that has the power to inspire study groups and alter lives.
Think and Grow Rich
“Think and Grow Rich” is one of the best books, like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck.”*
This is the 1937 edition of Napoleon Hill’s “Think and Grow Rich.” Except for minor stylistic modifications, the content and formatting have been preserved as close to the original release as feasible.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
PayPal, owned by SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity founder Elon Musk, was sold for $1.5 billion. From his turbulent beginnings in South Africa and escape to America to his stunning technological inventions and business aspirations, Ashlee Vance depicts the genius’s life and career. Vance utilizes Musk’s narrative to examine one of our generation’s most serious issues: Can the country of innovators and creators that steered the modern globe for a century still compete? He claims Musk is a mix of renowned innovators and businessmen like Edison, Ford, Hughes, and Jobs. Musk has invested more time and money than any other entrepreneur today in building a future as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of science fiction fantasy’s golden age.
The 4-Hour Workweek
Tim Ferriss struggles to answer the question: “What do you do?”
“I ride motorbikes across Europe,” says this controversial Princeton University guest professor. “I ski Andes.” “I dive Panama.” “I do tango in BA.” He has spent over five years studying the New Rich, a rapidly developing subculture that has mastered the new currencies of time and mobility to construct luxurious lives today. This book is the compass for a unique and revolutionary world.
Tim Ferriss instructs you:
- How do world-famous escape artists travel the globe?
- How can you outsource your life for $5 per hour to international virtual assistants?
- How can you get rid of half of your employment in 48 hours using the concepts of an Italian economist?
- What is the genesis of absolute vs. relative income?
- How can you get your boss to value performance over appearance, or how might you lose your job?
- To forego a long-term job in favor of more frequent work and enjoyable “mini-retirements.”
- How can you manufacture time and selective ignorance with a low-information diet?
- Which automatic cash-flow “muse” should you establish in the next two to four weeks?
- How to live a meaningful life without working or going to work.
- What are the management secrets of remote control CEOs?
- How can I get free accommodation and a 50%-80% discount on airfare?
Outliers: The Story of Success
Learn what sets high achievers apart—from Bill Gates to the Beatles—in this #1 bestseller from “a singular talent” (New York Times Book Review).
We are taken on an intellectual trip into the realm of “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell. What distinguishes outstanding achievers?
His response is that we focus on successful people’s traits and ignore their origins, i.e., their culture, family, generation, and unique upbringing. A brilliant soccer player, why Asians are strong in arithmetic, and what made the Beatles the best rock band are all explained.
“Outliers” is a seminal book that will thrill and enlighten.
Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) Steve Jobs biography. Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and di Isaacson’s picture impacted millions. Jobs is the greatest inspiration for America’s creative edge, an emblem of invention and applied imagination. Knowing that creativity and technology worked well together, he set about doing just that. He established a corporation that combines vision and technical prowess. Jobs aided the author but had no say in what was published. He urged his friends to be honest. He was open about his colleagues and opponents. Friends, opponents, and coworkers reveal his passions, perfectionism, obsessions, creativity, devilry, and need for control impacted his commercial style and inventive goods. His story is full of lessons about creativity, character, leadership, and values. Steve Jobs is the basis for Danny Boyle’s film starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels.
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
This is when an idea, movement, or social behavior reaches a tipping point and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single ill person may start a flu pandemic, a tiny but focused push can start a fashion trend, a new product, or a decline in crime. Globally, this best-selling book like “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck”* by Malcolm Gladwell investigates and wonderfully defines the tipping point phenomena.
Gladwell exposes us to personality types that naturally spread new ideas and trends thanks to word-of-mouth. He visits a religious commune, a thriving high-tech firm, and one of the world’s finest salesman to explain how to start and maintain social epidemics.
Man’s Search for Meaning
Generations of readers have been enthralled by psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s narrative of life in Nazi death camps and spiritual teachings. Frankl maintains that we cannot escape pain, but we can choose how to live with it, find meaning in it, and go ahead with a fresh purpose. His book (which is similar to “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck”) is based on the belief that the quest for meaning is the basic human motivation, not pleasure. “Man’s Search for Meaning”* has become one of America’s most influential novels, inspiring us all to find meaning in our lives.
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Most businesses fail, but many of those failures may be avoided. “The Lean Startup” can teach you how to do it because this book is a new technique for building businesses and launching new goods.
As Eric Ries defines, a startup is a company focused on producing something new in a very uncertain way. This is true for one individual in a garage or a boardroom full of Fortune 500 executives. Their objective is to cut through the shroud of uncertainty to find a viable route to a sustainable company.
“The Lean Startup” method promotes firms that are both capital efficient and creative. Product development cycles are shorter, progress is measured without using vanity metrics, and consumers are better served by using “validated learning,” quick scientific experimentation, and other counter-intuitive approaches. It allows a corporation to change course quickly, minute by minute.
An alternative to complicated company blueprints, “The Lean Startup” allows entrepreneurs of all sizes to continually test their ideas, adapt and modify before it’s too late. Ries lays out a scientific technique for starting and running successful businesses.
Happy Bastards by Alex Monaco!
I have only met two happy bastards in my life. The first was a woman whom I met on Liberty Street, and the second was a man from the French Riviera.
Happy bastards have everything that the people you hate lack most. They are envied by millionaires who, although they have money, are still miserable (they don’t know what is most important). Oh yes, it was happy bastards that helped me climb out of an emotional hole—escape the rat race. Read more
- Discover what a quality life really is!
- Become a more respected person in all areas of your life.
- Learn to create better goals and achieve them faster!
- Change your life and become the person you always wanted to be!
- Unlearn the Top Twelve beliefs that stop you from finding happiness and joy!
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