May 19, 2024
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“There’s no such thing as a dating problem. Every dating problem is simply a personal emotional/trauma/baggage problem that’s manifesting as a dating problem.”

— Mark Manson

Mark Manson (@IAmMarkManson) is a three-time #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck as well as other titles. His books have sold nearly 20 million copies worldwide and have reached number one in more than a dozen countries.

Since 2008, he has written articles at, one of the largest personal-development blogs in the world, with more than a million monthly readers. In 2023, a feature film about him and his work will be released in theaters by Universal Pictures. See for more details, and click here for the trailer.

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#647: Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck — The Surprising Stories Behind 15+ Million Copies Sold, Crucial Decisions, The Art of Home Run Headlines, How to Build a Lean Team, Lessons from Will Smith, Personal Reinvention, and More

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Want to hear an episode with someone who also sold an ungodly amount of books? Listen to my interview with Eat, Pray, Love author Elizabeth Gilbert, which explores her creative path, saying no, trusting one’s intuition, index cards, integrity checks, grief, awe, and more.

#430: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Creative Path: Saying No, Trusting Your Intuition, Index Cards, Integrity Checks, Grief, Awe, and Much More

What was your favorite quote or lesson from this episode? Please let me know in the comments.



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Editor’s note: timestamps will be added after the holidays!

  • Difficult changes and modified default behaviors.
  • Be careful what you wish for.
  • How Mark’s feature film deal came to be.
  • The teamwork that makes Mark’s dream work.
  • Sourcing talent.
  • How Mark knew he’d found the right agent.
  • From Entropy to F*ckery.
  • Learning the subtle art of strategic F-bombing.
  • Prioritizing health maintenance.
  • Co-authoring a book with Will Smith.
  • In a post-slap world, what should we know about the real Will Smith?
  • How Will Smith depends on and interacts with his team.
  • Setting the course for the next few years.
  • How Mark says no to financially tempting projects he doesn’t want to do.
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck‘s cover story.
  • Why Mark is pivoting to video production rather than podcasting.
  • What can we expect from Mark’s future video trajectory?
  • Staying relevant and creatively fulfilled in a crowded market.
  • The software Mark uses to compose a book.
  • Recommended reading,
  • Parting thoughts.


“I like working long-term with people. I like finding exceptional talent, paying them very well, and then sticking with them over a long period of time. So I’ve never had an employee leave. And two of my guys—one’s been with me for 10 years, one’s been with me for almost nine, and then the other two have been with me for about three or four, which in the web world is crazy. And I have entrepreneur friends with online businesses, and they look at me and they’re like, ‘Are you nuts? You could pay these people half as much.’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, but I’d be hiring every six months.’”
— Mark Manson

“I feel like it’s almost a prerequisite to being ‘wealthy’ is you have to spend money on something stupid that you regret. I just feel like that is a nonnegotiable. You’re not really wealthy until you’ve done that at some point. So I went through a couple of those experiences.”
— Mark Manson

“For a number of years I really, really wanted that, for lack of a better term, mainstream media attention. Just that nod of respect of like, ‘Yeah, kid, you did it.’ And when I started getting that and started working and engaging with a lot of legacy media, I was like, ‘Wow, this sucks. I miss my blog. I miss the emails from my readers. I don’t want to do this. This is such a pain in the ass.’”
— Mark Manson

“There’s no such thing as a dating problem. Every dating problem is simply a personal emotional/trauma/baggage problem that’s manifesting as a dating problem.”
— Mark Manson


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