Author & Philosopher Mark Manson’s Three Rules For Life

Robin
4 min readNov 9, 2022

Mark is a three-time #1 New York Times bestselling author whose books have sold over 14 million copies worldwide. His work has been translated into more than 65 languages and hit bestseller lists in sixteen different countries.

In “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving a F**k” he talks about different virtues and values to pursue while neglecting others or even getting completely rid of them. This way, he claims, you’ll become more focused on what actually counts in your life and establish a solid “Bullshit detector and filter”.

Here Are His Three Rules To Live By

You are responsible for everything in your own experience. Even if it’s not your fault.

If you get into a car crash, it may be absolutely not your fault.

Nevertheless, it is your entire responsibility to recover from it. You can sort of compare this point of view to Jean-Paul Sartre's Existentialism in which the human exists before actually discovering who he is and what his purpose may be on this planet.

There is no such thing as a bad emotion. There are only bad reactions to emotions.

Everybody has the same emotions, it only depends on how you deal with them. There are more negative ones than positive ones because we tend to be more aware of our surroundings if something hits us straight in the face from time to time.

Admitting painful emotions is important, but how do we cultivate pleasant ones?

First of all the feeling of gratitude.

This is life, you feel things and then you go on doing your thing.

You should let these emotions out without harming yourself or others.

It’s all just biological processes that have evolved in evolution for us to survive.

Every action and decision you make should be motivated to improve lives.

This is true for you and others.

It is the best feeling to know that you are improving yourself and others day by day while continuing in the right direction. There’s more dopamine released when helping others.

Being empathic and nurturing relationships long-term is actually a great indicator of one’s own lasting happiness.

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Robin

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