The Magic of Not Giving a F*** | Sarah Knight | TEDxCoconutGrove

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The bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, Sarah Knight, outlines her “NotSorry Method” to stop spending time you don’t have doing things you don’t want to do in her
humorous talk.

After fifteen years working in New York City’s top publishing houses,Sarah Knight struck out on her own. Since then, her essay “I Quit My JobToday (And So Can You!)”- went viral, and her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck: How to Stop Spending Time You Don’t Have with People You Don’t Like Doing Things You Don’t Want to Do”, became a bestseller. The escape from corporate life and transformation into an “accidental anti-guru” continued when she and her husband moved to Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic. Sarah’s new book explains how to “Get Your Shit Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do.” Sarah graduated cum laude with a degree in English and American Literature from
Harvard University.

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Greg Feil says:

In theory, this is just dandy, but the reality is somewhat different. I know because I decided that this was the way to go about fifteen years ago and I still have friendships that haven’t recovered in that time. If I’m going to the trouble and excitement and anticipation of throwing a dinner party and you flat-out tell me you’d rather not come I am likely to be hurt and insulted and it’s possible that I’ll never invite you to anything ever again. So, think twice before doing this because for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Katayoon Pianonavaz says:

The point about socializing with colleagues in a sh*ty bar is hilarious. I hate those forced socials just to fake the team spirit. Most of them are nothing but pain: intrusive personal questions, boring personal “ oversharing” stories etc. We are already spending at least 80% of our time at work to give away the remaining 20%, while life is so short. For God’s sake, let’s do baby showers or whatever during lunch breaks (even better, coffee breaks). And sorry, I am not coming to the Easter hang out to hear about your basement renovations and kid camps.

Den Alindayo says:

stop caring what people think and be yourself unapologetically. Just be who you are

goalposthead79 says:

yes you can eliminate some of these things but the speaker comes at this topic from a very luxurious position. the speaker was in a very successful job, quite probably good savings to facilitate lifestyle changes and has multiple options for what they can move on to in life. the things that keep most people stuck in these ruts is lack of higher education and career progression and are stuck in low paid jobs. In many cases they have family who are often dependant on them and even if they dont really want to be doing a lot of things in life that they are doing, they feel a deep obligation to continue them to help the people/family around them. This may include ageing parents, spouse and children, people with severe health conditions, anyone who you care for who is in some way dependant on you and may not be in a position to help themselves. i agree with some of the sentiment but it really isn't as easy as just snapping your fingers.

Katey Henderson says:

Wow, this hit f**king home

Feather-Spirit Tarot says:

This is great in theory for the little things that annoy you…but for the bigger issues in your life she had a right at the beginning…you would need to walk away.

Surge Kulikov says:

Learn to be kind to oneself to know how to be kind to others.

Simona Karova says:

How you don’t like Game of Thrones?!

Areke47 says:

why she had to come for GoT though…

brent mistretta says:

makes me wanna listen to insane clown possi haha

brent mistretta says:

cracks me up lol

Kika M says:

School is the problem

Emanuel Deluca says:

No content at all

twangel mahoney says:

You ebeen watching marie kondo

christopher optimus prime says:

You are so creative lady you're making my mouth water

christopher optimus prime says:

Okay seriously marry me I don't have any money but whatever credit I can get you've got all that plus whatever I can make in the next 30 days every cent and the next 30 years at least

christopher optimus prime says:

They're supposedly stronger right and smarter

christopher optimus prime says:

And she would do it by Leading through example

christopher optimus prime says:

Okay I'm really starting to like you

christopher optimus prime says:

Have the scene for liking to get in trouble by getting in trouble using that line

christopher optimus prime says:

At the first line of what I just heard will you marry me

Paul Anthony Donahue says:

You are so uncertain of your own opinion that you have to go out and convert everyone to think like you! -Alan Watts

Sherry Jacob says:

Good for you! And, I implemented these strategies long before seeing this video. Putting it into words is magical!

Frank Furlacker says:

The only thing I care about is being able to end my life.

Believe me of my heart says:

Best Tedx talk I ever seen.

Endy M says:

The title for this lecture is foreign to me I'm a infant to this way of psychology thinking I am all ears

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