I’m going to start off right away by saying that I’m kind of iffy about this book, thus the three star rating. There were some things that I liked about this book and then there were some things that drove me up the f*cking wall.
If you have never read a self-help book before, if you thought that they were hokey and you only picked this one up because there’s a swear in the title, you might get a lot from this book. There is a lot here and I was actually impressed with the number of sources at Manson pulls from. He has personal experience, psychology, and philosophy all through the text and there are a lot of areas where I felt like he went deeper than he needed to, which is fine. I also appreciated his look at values and I think that’s because another book that I was reading at the same time addressed values. It’s an interesting way to look at things, I suppose. Honestly, I cannot remember a book I’ve read that talked about values in the past few years.
Now, here’s my problem: Manson says a number of times that he’s going to cut through the bullshit and this isn’t going to be like every other self-help book you’ve ever read. Only, you know, it is. Putting the same ideas into blunt language doesn’t make the ideas any different. I also got to the point where the word “entitlement” made me see red. There was a particular discussion about how thinking you’re better than everyone else and thinking you’re worse than everyone else are the same thing, a way to feel special, and that idea really rubbed me wrong too. Also, sometimes he tries to be funny and it falls flat, like very flat. He literally reeks of entitlement…
So, I kind of trashed this one but I didn’t mean to. Again, it wasn’t bad and it got me fired up and motivated which is the reason I read things like this. I have to give it credit for that. Maybe it will do the same for you and maybe it will seem like brilliant, new ideas.