The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Not really sure why I decided to read The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight given my aversion to vulgarity, etc. I take that back, I recall spotting How to Get Sh*t Done at the bookstore and wondering about this approach.  I guess I was interested in seeing how the author pulled off these books within the confines of the obvious Sh*t and F bomb hooks.

I had signed up for a book giveaway for the latest book (S) and decided to check out the first book (F) via the library to get a sense of the author’s approach.

It was OK. Buried under that four letter word, and a humor based on supposedly brutal honesty, is some decent advice on how not to get sucked into pouring your time, money and energy into things that annoy and frustrate you just because you feel guilty.

The concept of balancing honesty and politeness in order to focus on things that matter to you is sound but not sure how much depth is here after you get over the style and language. This is essay/blog posts into book territory IMO. For those who need a system to follow, however, she does walk you through the process of changing you mindset and life choices. On the other hand, it is not much more than making a list of things that matter to you and those that annoy you and make tangible choices to more of the first and less of the second. Oh, and try not to be a jerk about it.

If you have trouble saying no and enjoy liberal use of the F bomb this may be just the book for you. If not, probably not life changing advice.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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