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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are | [Brené Brown]

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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."

©2010 Brene Brown (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 03-05-13
    Karen Maple Ridge, BC 03-05-13 Member Since 2005
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    "So inspiring!"

    Brene is down to earth, honest, charming, funny, and so wise. I listen to bits and pieces of this over and over,

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    Amazon Customer Ringkøbing, Denmark 02-24-13
    Amazon Customer Ringkøbing, Denmark 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wholeheated life, really worth considering!"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    The learning that perfection is not a goal in itself, as a one-eyed focus on that will foster a guilt ridden stressful life where you are always focusing on what others think of you and your performance.


    Have you listened to any of Lauren Fortgang’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't, but I enjoyed this performance.


    What did you learn from The Gifts of Imperfection that you would use in your daily life?

    My biggest takeaway from this book is that I need to learn to relax and rest in who I am rather than try to be someone else to please. But there are many other insightful things to learn from listening to this audiobook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret BLANDING, UT, United States 02-05-13
    Margaret BLANDING, UT, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Everyone should read it."
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I *LOVE* the topic- the idea to let go of perfection would be so healing for our society to embrace it.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Yes!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Yes- mostly written to get the point across- sometimes I felt like she was plugging her other material but I suppose that's normal.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I didn't click with the narrator. She sounds fake. I think I would have preferred to READ it but I didn't have that option at the time (in the car). The subject importance far outweighs any drawbacks from the narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Brasilia DF, Brazil 02-04-13
    Paula Brasilia DF, Brazil 02-04-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfection to be better than the print version?

    I still haven't read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Me!


    What three words best describe Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    Annoying, whistling, sibilant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The author's ideas are really insightful and could be life changing if you are up to it. But you must be a little patient with the narrator. To be fair, maybe it's not the narrator, but the sound mixing that made it way too annoyingly sibilant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Roseburg, OR, United States 01-21-13
    Rick Roseburg, OR, United States 01-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Healing for the perfectionist"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Brenee speaks in common ( blunt ) language and shares her struggles with her imperfection.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I liked the Vowel guide to living


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many favorites. Hard to pick one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have enjoyed her book " Daring greatly " and this one. Both have been like an ointment towards healing from never good enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Peg Colchester, VT, United States 01-04-13
    Peg Colchester, VT, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book with connections for courageous readers"
    Where does The Gifts of Imperfection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am enjoying this book a lot. The personalization of the content and the topic of shame brings it to a level of REAL.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's authenticity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Speaking to a parent group not knowing there was an underlying issue.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Brene shared a moment of shame with her sister.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 12-16-12
    Lisa United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth a read, interesting thoughts."
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I loved the ideas and the steps to practice. I felt that I learned some great things to practice.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to listen to, and kept my interest.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Gifts of Imperfection?

    The stuff about how to be helpful when others feel shame.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walid Hendra, Australia 12-05-12
    Walid Hendra, Australia 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Rather a PHD Thesis"
    What disappointed you about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Too much scientific talk and lots of invented definitions to make a simple point


    Has The Gifts of Imperfection turned you off from other books in this genre?

    To a high degree


    What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    NOT natural or convincing


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The book would make a very sophisticated PHD Thesis and too complicated with hard to understand jargon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Palmer Denver, CO USA 10-16-12
    Carol Palmer Denver, CO USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely a book for Type A people"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably my sister who does too much


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I realized that I was already embracing the lifestyle she spoke about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hockey Girl Alexandria, VA 09-05-12
    Hockey Girl Alexandria, VA 09-05-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Good Guideposts for Living Well"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I enjoyed and related to the info in this book. In the midst of my own 'soul work,' this served as a nice compliment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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