In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares 10 guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, "What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?"
In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.
In her 10 guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging."
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"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life." (Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist)
"Bren Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you." (Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind)
"This important book is about the lifelong journey from 'What will people think?' to 'I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice.' (Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection)
Nothing wrong with the voice, I just would rather read this book rather than listen to it. I felt like I was being lectured. Reading the book is also structured, and has indented and bulleted sections that's much more visually easy to follow, but when you listen, it's more confusing. Good book and great research as always, Brene Brown.
I personally have imperfection and was not struggling with it. This book can be really beneficial for people who have difficult time functioning due to self destructive thoughts and perfectionism for their imperfection. Good story here and there, but can be boring in the parts that she goes a little too deep in solving the puzzle of words.
I had already read Brené's newer books, and was concerned that this one would be less interesting. It was just as lovely as any of her other books, and I wasn't bored at all. In fact, there were pieces of this book that I liked best of all her work. Brené always has a new idea that might dig deeper into something personal and meaningful to you. Worth every minute!
I really wanted to like this book but the narration is awful and the content is dry and repetitive. I can't force myself to finish it.
Ugh Drove me crazy how many times she keeps repeating 'whole hearted'! Found the author to be very self absorbed, redundant and material had no direction. Narrator's voice and delivery was irritating and difficult to listen to.
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