Mark Manson

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Mark Manson
Mark Manson in 2018
Born (1984-03-09) 9 March 1984 (age 35)
OccupationWriter, blogger
Notable work
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck—A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Mark Manson (born 9 March 1984) is a self-help author, personal development consultant, entrepreneur, and blogger.[1][2] He blogs under his own name at an eponymous website, and as of 2019 had authored three books, the first being Models: Attract Women Through Honesty. The second book is The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life which rose to number six on The New York Times bestseller list. His latest book is called Everything Is F*cked: a Book About Hope.

Early life and education[edit]

Mark Manson was raised in Austin, Texas, in the United States.[3] He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to study and graduated from Boston University with a degree in international business in 2007.[citation needed]


In 2016 he married Fernanda Neute.[4]


Manson started his first blog in 2009.[5] Later,[when?][verification needed] "hoping to cash in as a digital nomad", he moved overseas, began blogging, and earned a living as an employee of a marketing startup.[3]

Manson's website,, hosts his blog; in 2014, it was reported to have 400,000 monthly visitors, and was reported to have grown to "about 2 million unique visitors a month" by 2016.[1][3][better source needed] He writes about topics related to dating and relationships, life choices, psychology, and modern American culture.[citation needed]

Publication history[edit]

Manson signing his book Everything Is F*cked at BookCon 2019

Manson's first book, Models: Attract Women Through Honesty, was self-published in 2011,[6] and was reported to have sold more than 15,000 copies by 2014.[1] It was reissued by Pan Macmillan Australia in 2017.[7]

His second book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, was published in 2016.[citation needed] It appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List at number six in the category of How-to and Miscellaneous in the week of October 2, 2016.[8]

Manson's third book, Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope, a follow-up to his 2016 The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck,[citation needed] was published by HarperCollins in 2019.[9]

Other work[edit]

Manson is also the CEO and founder of Infinity Squared Media.[clarification needed][2]

Critical response[edit]

Tree Franklin, blogging on the now defunct HuffPost Contributor platform, reviewed The Subtle Art.., describing the author as having "disguised his book[,] using language... [to trick us] into reading a book about values", and the book as yanking the reader

out of delusion and denial, point[ing] at the pit you're stuck in and forc[ing] you to not only look at the filth and dirt covering you but also to accept it.[10][better source needed]

Erica Rivera, writing for, describes Manson's style in the book as being "as blunt as a man-to-man chat",[11] and Katharine Pushkar describes it as "foul-mouthed, funny-as-hell, [and] dead-on", and his philosophy thus:

"that life is hard, you're not special, happiness is a hollow goal and therefore you should make sure you're focused on the truly worthwhile",

in her review in the New York Daily News.[12] Manson describes it as "a counterintuitive approach to living a good life";[12] others likewise have described his approach as counterintuitive with regard to the norms of the self-help genre,[11] and as "contra" to that industry on the whole.[12]


  1. ^ a b c Schwabel, Dan. "Mark Manson: The Accidental Self-Help Entrepreneur". Forbes. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Schwabel, Dan. "Mark Manson: Why Personal Relationships Are More Important Than Career Goals". Forbes. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c Vongkiatkajorn, Kanyakrit. "Stop Trying to Feel Awesome All the Time, Says Millennial Whisperer". Mother Jones. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  4. ^
  5. ^ "About Mark".
  6. ^ Manson, Mark (July 22, 2011). "Models: Attract Women Through Honesty". Createspace Independent Pub – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Manson, Mark (September 11, 2017). "Models: Attract Women Through Honesty". Pan Macmillan Australia – via Google Books.
  8. ^ NYT Staff (October 2, 2016). "Best Sellers: Advice, How-To & Miscellaneous—October 1, 2016". The New York Times. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  9. ^ HarperCollins Staff (May 14, 2019). "Everything Is F*cked". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  10. ^ Franklyn, Tree. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck–A Book Review". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Rivera, Erica. "Interview: Mark Manson on "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck"". Mandatory. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Pushkar, Katherine. "The last f—king self-help book you'll ever buy". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 6, 2016.

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