451: Mark Manson on Important Lessons in Life


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Mark Manson is an author and personal development consultant. His writing is a different take on the self-help genre that he calls self-help from a first-person perspective. Mark has been published and quoted on CNN, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Yahoo! News, The Sydney Morning Herald, and a variety of other publications. He is also the CEO and Founder of Infinity Squared Media LLC.

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Mark Manson and I Discuss Important Lessons in Life and …

  • Opportunity costs and being aware of the sacrifices
  • His most popular article, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*&
  • The misconception of confidence
  • The friendship test in romantic relationships
  • How he applies logic in his writing
  • Positive thinking and his issue with “The Secret”
  • How inspiration often comes from taking action
  • His “Do Something” principle
  • Mistaking happiness for pleasure
  • How true happiness comes from the meaning of our experiences
  • Our need to always be challenged in life
  • How our pursuits change as we get older
  • His article on Ken Wilbur, an American philosopher

Mark Manson Links:

Mark’s Website




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