Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a big fan of cursewords because I believe it generally shows a lack of intelligence or creativity. Some people would argue. Well sod them! Lol.
In any case, I almost did not purchase this book because of the title: The Suble Art of Not Giving A Fuc# … with no #. And while I did not count the exact number of the F-bombs in this tome, it is probably more than I’ve ever read in all the books I’ve opened in my entire life.
With that said, the author did have a lot of insights that I was impressed with. There are also some I’m still trying to digest. Actually I’m still suffering from indigestion on some of them. But at least I’m taking a nibble.
One of the things I liked is the author inviting us to think about things differently. There are some beliefs that will never shift for me, namely that Jesus is my Lord and Savior, but within the framework of beliefs about myself, there are a lot of things I have to learn. This is evolving, but I am by nature not a very social person. I just play one on TV … I mean social media. 😁
Another thing I liked is the idea of thinking of yourself as whatever it is you aspire to be. The one that resonated to me was a creator. That is something I LOVE to do. I love to help create books. I love to create logos, and I recently learned to love making paper crafts. Although I guess I have loved this for a long time since I had a sticker collection as a kid and enjoyed making cards and scrapbooks a decade or so ago. Overall, I believe the idea of going from an idea to something tangible, something that wasn’t there before. I think instead of saying how much money I make today, I will shift to saying, “What did I create today?”
This reminds me of another idea I encountered, but not in this book. It asked us to change what we ask ourselves and our kids about their day. The question is: “What did you fail at today?” Wait. What? I know. But the idea is to take the sting out of failure to free us up from that life-stealing fear. And as a online friend Dallas Gordon said, “fall forward.” That’s so powerful, but fail forward is also an interesting, oddly empowering way to look at things.
This book sums it up well:
“We can be truly successful only at something we’re willing to fail at. If we’re unwilling to fail, then we’re unwilling to succeed.”
Overall, this was a great read. Check it out and let me know your thoughts below. Also, I’m starting an amazing business book club. To sign up, register below.
We will have online discussions, video support and awesome activities to put our learning into ACTION!