Mark Manson

True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving.

Motivational Speaker | Author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

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Mark Manson | Motivational Speaker | Author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
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Mark Manson isn’t your typical motivational speaker. For one, he gives advice that doesn’t suck. He focuses on the hard stuff in life, because, as he says, these are the moments that define who we are. On stage, just as in his iconoclastic writing and NYT bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, he counters our harmful cult of positivity with a refreshing dose of realness and honesty.

Mark Manson is a NY Times bestselling author, superstar blogger, and internet entrepreneur. He is the author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, where he presents a skeptical approach to self-help and personal developmenta counterpoint to all of the “positive thinking” out there in the world. Over two million people each month read Mark’s website,, where he discusses deep philosophical and psychological issues with a combination of vulgar humor and practical wit. He jokingly refers to it as, “Self help for people who hate self help.” 


“Resilience, happiness and freedom come from knowing what to care about—and most importantly, what not to care about. This is a masterful, philosophical and practical book that will give readers the wisdom to be able to do just that.”

— Ryan Holiday, NYT bestselling author of The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego is the Enemy

Dubbed “The Millennial Whisperer” by Mother Jones, Manson has amassed a huge following of young, educated, self-improvement-oriented adults who are fed up and jaded with the positivity proselytized by the culture at large. Manson’s works has appeared or been referenced in The New York Times, the Toronto Star, The New York Daily News, TIME, Forbes, The Daily Beast, and Vice, among others. A veteran of blogging and online business, Manson sustained himself through self-publishing online beginning back in 2008. He spent seven years traveling the world, visiting and living in over 60 countries, and now speaks three languages. He graduated from Boston University with a degree in International Business and now resides in New York City.  

Speech Topics

Choose Your Struggle Finding Happiness by Focusing on What Matters

Mark Manson is a super-star blogger and author with a message: if we want to be better, happier people, we’ve got to stop trying to be ‘positive’ all the time. His approach? A raw, hilarious, and inspiring keynote that cuts to the core of what it means to be happy and fulfilled in our era of feel-good, sugar-coated crap.


In his generation-defining school of self-help, Manson doesn’t equivocate. Constant positive thinking and attempts to avoid pain aren’t only impossible, but these pursuits actually push us away from real happiness. We’re flawed beings, he argues, full of uncertainty and limitations. But getting to know our fears and faults—and ultimately confronting, and accepting them—is the first step to finding courage, responsibility, and forgiveness. It’s also the only way we can discover what we truly care about, and start spending our time and attention on what really matters.


Happiness isn’t about running from our fears, or even about feeling good; it’s about finding a sense of meaning from overcoming genuine obstacles. And we’re never going to do that if we keep our heads stuffed in the sand. So, if you’re looking for another coddling self-help talk, look elsewhere—Mark Manson offers an in-your-face, ruthlessly honest, bracingly funny, and refreshingly stirring wake-up call for anyone looking for real talk (and actual help).