‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k’: How an author inspired millions to be less than perfect – Hack – Australia News


The manifesto of Sarah Knight’s self-help book The Life-changing Magic of Not Giving a Fuck sounds pretty straightforward.

Is that something we really need spelled out for us?

For the millions of people who have bought Sarah’s books and watched her TED talks, permission to “not give a fuck” is a revelation.

Sarah Knight’s story is the typical tale of 21st century burnout followed by existential awakening: after driving herself “crazy” in her high-pressured job in New York City, Sarah realised she was giving far too many fucks.

Or, to put it more elegantly, Sarah was torturing herself with the minutiae of the everyday.

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“My perfectionist tendencies run deep and long. It was something I had to come to terms with because I had always been programmed to succeed,” Sarah Knight told Hack.

“I was trying to do my job the best as I possibly could do it and I would try to do four other people’s jobs the best I possibly could.

“The tipping point really came a couple of summers ago when I just couldn’t do it anymore. I couldn’t get up and go to my job. Part of that was because I had been suffering really acutely from anxiety and panic disorder.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever had a panic attack on the job, but it’s really not something that one wants to repeat if one can help it. That was really probably the biggest part of why I decided I needed to start to change the way I was living my life.”

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