Mark Manson

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Mark Manson
Mark Manson in 2018
Born (1984-03-09) March 9, 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceManhattan, New York
Notable work
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Fernanda Neute (m. 2016)

Mark Manson (born March 9, 1984) is an American self-help author, blogger and entrepreneur.[1] He is the author of the website and two books, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, and Models: Attract Women through Honesty. He is also the CEO and founder of Infinity Squared Media LLC.[2]


Mark Manson is from Austin, Texas, in the United States.[3] He moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to study and graduated from Boston University with a degree in finance in 2007.[4]

Mark Manson started his first blog in 2009 as a marketing channel for his dating advice business[1] and later shifted to blogging full-time as a digital nomad.[3]

Career as a blogger[edit]

Mark Manson's website,, hosts a popular blog written by Manson that garnered 400,000 monthly visitors in 2014[1] and had grown to 2 million monthly visitors by 2016.[3] He writes about topics related to culture, dating and relationships, life choices, and psychology, and states that he writes 'personal development advice that doesn't suck.'[5]

Mark Manson's articles have been published and quoted in CNN,[6] BBC News,[7] Business Insider,[8] Yahoo! News, The Sydney Morning Herald,[1] Time,[9] Vox,[10] The Huffington Post,[11] and others.

In her book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, author Elizabeth Gilbert cites Mark Manson's blog, stating, "I recently read a fabulous blog by a writer named Mark Manson, who said that the secret to finding your purpose in life is to answer this question in total honesty: 'What's your favorite flavor of shit sandwich?'"[12]

The works of Mark Manson has been published on many online publishing platform like Medium[13] , Goodreads[14] , Upworthy[15] and The Minds Journal[16]



Mark Manson's first book, Models: Attract Women through Honesty, was self-published in 2011 and by 2014 it had sold over 15,000 copies.[1] The book teaches men how to attract women through honest communication and creating a lifestyle that's in line with one's values,[17] standing in contrast to many popular ideas in the pickup artist community that have been labeled as deceptive and dishonest.[18]

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck[edit]

Mark Manson's second book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, was published in 2016.[19] The book is a reaction to the self-help industry and what Manson saw as a culture of mindless positivity that isn't practical or helpful for most people.[20] Manson uses many of his own personal experiences to illustrate how life's struggles often give it more meaning, which, he argues, is a better approach than constantly trying to be happy.[21] Manson's approach and writing style have been categorized by some as contrarian to the general self-help industry, using blunt honesty and profanity to illustrate his ideas.[21][22]

The book first appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List at #6 for the category of How-to and Miscellaneous for the week of October 2, 2016.[23]. It also appeared on the Washington Post Bestseller List at #9 in the Non-fiction/General category for the week of September 25, 2016,[24] and on the Toronto Star List at #1 in the Self-Improvement category on September 23, 2016.[25] In 2017, it was a featured best seller on Barnes & Noble[26], the #4 best-selling book on[27], and the #9 best-selling book in Canada.[28]


  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (2016) ISBN 0062457713
  • Models: How To Attract Women Through Honesty (2011) ISBN 978-1-4637-5035-0


  1. ^ a b c d e Schwabel, Dan. "Mark Manson: The Accidental Self-Help Entrepreneur". Forbes. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ 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. ^ Park, Michael. "Case Study: How Mark Manson Makes Money". Career Hack. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ "About Mark Manson". Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "CNN Travel Author Page: Mark Manson". CNN. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ Saragosa, Manuela. "How to be mediocre and be happy with yourself". BBC News. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "Business Insider". Business Insider. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  9. ^ "Time Magazine Author Page: Mark Manson". TIME. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Vox Author Page: Mark Manson". Vox. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  11. ^ "Huffington Post Author Page: Mark Manson". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  12. ^ Gilbert, Elizabeth (September 22, 2015). Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. Riverhead Books. pp. 150–151. ISBN 1594634718.
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  17. ^ "Mark Manson Books: Models". Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  18. ^ Sidell, Holly. "My Interview With a Professional Pick Up Artist (and Why Some Men Can't Make It Past the 'Chase')". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  19. ^ "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  20. ^ Franklyn, Tree. "The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – A Book Review". Huffington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  21. ^ a b Pushkar, Katherine. "The last f—king self-help book you'll ever buy". NY Daily News. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  22. ^ Rivera, Erica. "Interview: Mark Manson on "The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck"". Crave. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  23. ^ "The New York Times Best Seller List: Advice, How-to and Miscellaneous. Week of Oct 3, 2016". New York Times. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  24. ^ "The Washington Post Best Seller List. Week of September 25, 2016". Washington Post. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  25. ^ "Toronto Star Bestsellers". Toronto Star. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  26. ^ "Fast Company: Barnes & Noble's best-selling books of 2017 are just so 2017". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  27. ^ "Amazon Best Sellers of 2017". Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  28. ^ "Here are the bestselling books in Canada of 2017". Retrieved February 19, 2018.

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