Build a Better Life Course

Stop wishing for change and start making it happen.

How to Improve Yourself: A Straightforward Approach to Successfully Implementing Any Change Into Your Life

How to Improve Yourself: A Straightforward Approach to Successfully Implementing Any Change Into Your Life

Guess what? I’m your fairy fucking godmother. And I’m here to ask you one question: if you could change anything about your life, what would it be?

Would you make more money?

Finally get that bitchin’ beach bod?

Become the mayor of Cooltown and be everybody’s best friend?

Find that perfect someone?

Or, if you’re like most people, you don’t have a damn clue. You feel torn eight different ways. You dream of one thing on Tuesday and a completely different thing on Thursday. You’re crippled by existential indecision. 

Thankfully, as your Fairy God Fucking Mother, I’ve created a course to help you with that. The Build a Better Life Course walks you through, step by step, to figure out what the hell it is you want, then actually go get it. 

I’ve used some version of this system myself for over a decade now. When I started, I was penniless and living on my friend’s couch. Now, I can honestly say I’m living a life that surpasses even my biggest dreams back then. 

Is it all because of this system? No, you still gotta get out there and, you know, Do Difficult Shit™. But think of this course as your guide through that process.

How to Create a Better Life, One Step at a Time

Whenever we want to change our lives, we come up with some pithy goal like: “make more money” or “lose 15 pounds” or “stop masturbating six times a day.”

OK, umm, that’s a start.

The problem is that these are just arbitrary actions. And anyone with even an inkling of motivation can write this kind of stuff in their goals journal. They might even have the willpower to half-ass their way through a certain number of actions. But this won’t necessarily create any real change.

This type of approach to change sees people burn out, give up, and whine on Facebook. That’s because it’s shortsighted. 

Real change comes from a change in your habits. And a change in habits comes from a long, sustained alteration of small actions.

Let me illustrate it this way: Let’s say you and I are driving along down the road, side by side, in separate vehicles. We come to a fork in the road, but the two roads in this fork are actually only separated by about one degree. I take one road, you take the other. Now we’re only traveling away from each other ever so slightly at one degree of separation.

At first, the change is so slight, you can barely tell that we’re technically traveling in different directions.

But over a long enough period of time, if our paths maintain one degree of difference in direction, we’ll wind up far, far away from each other.

Creating lasting change is exactly like this. 

There are small (but important) course corrections you can make right now that, over time, will put your life in a very different place from where it is today.

Most people focus too much on the destination—lose 50 pounds, get a promotion, make more money, go on a gazillion dates, bang the quarterback/head cheerleader/librarian, etc.—when instead, they should be focusing on the systems they have in place to get them there. Because with the right system, your goals practically take care of themselves.

This course will help you build that system.

Build a Better Life, Starting Now

The goal of this course is to get you to dig deep and really figure out what it is you want in life and then create a system to get you there.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • How to figure out exactly what your ideal life looks like.
  • The difference between goals and systems and why it matters. 
  • Why you fail to break bad habits and/or create good ones. 
  • What simple actions you can take to immediately increase your chances of success
  • The (slightly horrifying) exercise that shows you how you’re spending your time right now and what you need to change
  • How to create an action plan to get off your ass and start working towards your ideal life

The course is made up of a series of written exercises. You can either do them on your computer or you can print out a really pretty digital workbook and work through them by hand. 

Either way, prepare to get mindfucked.

And that’s not all…

If you sign up for Build a Better Life, you’ll get access to all of my premium content in The Subtle Art School.

The School is a deep dive into all my favorite topics I’ve written about in my books and on my blog for nearly 15 years.

Here’s what you get with a single membership

A library of 6 video courses — In addition to Build a Better Life, you’ll also get access to:

Find Your Purpose

Finding your purpose in life can’t be done at a weekend seminar. It’s a lifelong process of asking and answering some difficult questions, taking action based on those answers, learning about yourself in the process… and then doing it all over again. This course will not only help you spend your time more intentionally, it will challenge your identity to the core.

Healthy Relationships

I’ve said before that the one thing all your doomed relationships have in common is… well, you. So if all your relationships follow the same failing pattern; or if you’re a “commitment phobe”; or if you rush into relationships too quickly only to get burned; or you feel like you have to put on a front to attract someone—this course will help you get to the root causes of all of that and more.

Resilience

Becoming more resilient in the modern world isn’t about avoiding suffering. It’s about seeking out the pain you’re willing to endure in service of a higher purpose. In this course, we cover the different kinds of suffering and consider why some forms of pain are actually quite healthy for us. We’ll get to the bottom of why you’re avoiding the necessary pains in your life and, ultimately, how you can turn and face them as a more resilient motherfucker.

Emotional Mastery

Do you ever wonder why you do stupid shit sometimes? Or maybe you’re not in control of yourself in certain situations like you think you should be? Do you feel all emotions intensely… or not at all? Are you dead inside? If any of that sounds familiar, the Emotional Mastery Course will help you be less of a… well, less of an emotional dipshit.

Challenge Your Own Beliefs

This is my favorite course. And buckle the hell up for it, because we’re going to be digging up some of your deepest held beliefs and questioning everything we find. You will laugh at yourself. You might cry at what you actually believe. But you will come out of it a better person.

Oh, And Here’s Even More

On top of all the courses, you’ll also get:

Quarterly live webinars

Log on every quarter to ask me questions or just come hang out with other members. You’ll join people from all over the world who are also learning to give fewer and fewer fucks every day.

Really pretty digital workbooks

Each course comes with a professionally designed PDF workbook. Print them out and tape them to your fridge. Print them out and give them to your therapist. Or just open them up on your computer or phone and stare in awe at how gorgeous they are. I don’t give a shit what you do with them, they’re yours. And they’re really fucking pretty and packed with exercises that’ll make your life better.

Exclusive content

Audio commentaries on my books, my old courses, ebooks that nerd out on some of my favorite topics, book reviews and recommendations, Ask Mark Anything videos, and more. New content is added on a regular basis.

What Our Students Say

“What I enjoyed most about the course is having an action plan for getting to where I want to be. Through the exercises I could figure out specifically what I need to do to achieve some important goals. Having this plan actually gives me a map to navigate my week and my life.”

— Juan Camilo

This is a great starting point to get your shit together. I think this level of planning strikes a great balance between building a thoughtful framework for the future and taking action towards that future. ”

— Alfie

“The exercise where I had to write down everything I want to do before I die was very useful.”

— Anca

“I thought it was very helpful. Forcing myself to endure the 20-minute thought exercise and the time/ratio exercise really illuminated things. The largest takeaway was the idea of forming habits vs goals, which really resonated with me.”

— Dallas

“I like the downloadable workbooks. I prefer writing to typing, and I like being able to read through the material at any time. The course formats are perfect as they promote deep thought and feeling within a limited time. 20-minute sessions lead to introspection without slipping into rumination.”

— Michelle

“Very thought provoking and interesting”

— Yuvraj

You get all of that in a single membership to The Subtle Art School.

For just $6.67 per month (paid yearly).

FAQ

Will I be able to participate in live Q&A sessions with Mark?

Yes. Quarterly live webinars will offer the chance to ask Mark questions. Of course, he won’t be able to answer everyone’s questions, but he’ll answer as many as he can in the time allotted—and talk about tacos.

What payment methods do you support?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover & Diners, Google Pay, Apple Pay, and Paypal.

Is all content in English language?

Yes. Videos for the courses have closed captions available in English as well.

How can I cancel my subscription?

You can cancel at any time by logging in and going to the Subscriptions tab of your Account page. Once you cancel, you will not be charged again but you will continue to have access to The School for the remainder of whatever period you’ve paid for up to that point.

Can I get a refund if I don’t think The Subtle Art School is right for me?

Yes. The Subtle Art School membership comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. Just send an email to support@markmanson.net within 60 days of purchase and we’ll cancel your membership and refund your money, no questions asked.

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