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)
The Gifts Of Imperfection is a truly inspiring book dedicated to wholehearted living, self compassion and shame resilience....all things I need. I love amd accept myself more because of this book. thank you!
Her books, TEDTalks, interviews, etc always give me courage to be more open, honest, vulnerable and whole hearted. This is one of my favorites of her work.
Wife, Mama, and commuter-student listening on the way to Portland and Monmouth, Oregon. Also during laundry-folding and using the treadmill.
I love the qualitative research Brene Brown founded her book on. I think this adds a tremendous deal of depth to each note of her writing, anecdotes and all.
I find each of her ancedotes memorable, but especially remember her short little stories about how her daughter Ellen has been living out what Brene has been learning and living. Also, the anecdote about the man in the yellow IZOD sweater. Played that one for my husband which prompted some great vulnerable and deep conversations.
Hm. Well, I prefer to hear Brene Brown "talk/conversate" her work. I would say "perform" usually when describing a narrator but there is something so organic and approachable about Brown's narration style from previous work. I feel like she's talking to me on the couch when I listen to Brene. Lauren Fortgang was alright, but not comparable to Brene Brown.
Gosh, as much as I can! I started seeing a counselor again after listening to this book. I have never been great at being honest about how I feel shame. This book was catalytic and healing for me.
Beautifully narrated. I enjoyed how connected i felt to the information and how it felt natural, doable. 'Whole hearted living', naming and bring awareness to what should be natural for us, but we so avoid without realising it is what we are avoiding. This book like each of us, is full of gifts.
A friend suggested I read this book. It is very thought-provoking and eye-opening. The author does a good job of showing us our weaknesses and building our strength. I will definitely read again to reinforce her thought process into my own.
"Learn how to accept yourself"
I found this book really easy to listen to. I like the narrator's style. The book was a series of strories with a life application and a good dose of humour and down-to-earthness. I found it made a lot of sense. It is not a list of "how to"s which I found a refreshing change. I am planning to listen to it again to make sure I squeeze every last drop of value out of it...
"Brilliant and very helpful."
Thought-provoking. Helpful. Insightful.
Realising I did some of the things mentioned and I could easily change this.
It was fine, she sounded like she was actually talking to you rather than reading but was a little robotic sounding when reading quotes.
Be yourself: Life is too short to worry about what others think.
Definitely worth listening too, give it a chance it may just change your life.
"Insightful and thought provoking"
I finished this book today and really REALLY loved it. For anyone sceptical about "self help" books this offers a refreshing change, and as a qualitative researcher Brene Brown has a scientific approach, but the book isn't dry or dull as a result. She is humorous, empathetic and I am looking forward to reading more by the same author. I thought the only pity was that she didn't narrate the book herself, as she is an excellent public speaker, and the book was personal - though saying that the narrator did a fantastic job!
"fantastic, wise and witty"
I love this book - if you've seen Brene Brown's TED talk you'll already know her style - impassioned, funny and inpeciably researched. This book's practical in it's focus - lots of tools and ideas to help improve your ability to live a more 'whole hearted' life. The only disappointment is that Brene Brown doesn't narrate it.
A couple of real nuggets: )
as it says; watch out for hustling for approval/worthiness.
"Learn more about yourself"
This is a book you can return to again and again. As her other audible recordings it is great to listen to in the car especially on longer journeys
Louse Hay. I Can Do It
Enjoyed how she illustrated her points with anecdotes from her wide experience
Made me laugh when I recognised the things I do to.
"Very interesting look into the self"
I is a deep topic made easy to swallow.
Daring Greatly is also by the same author and touches on the same topics.
No only because you need to reflect.
"Fascinating facts about us and our imperfections"
Vulnerability is seldom a subject that people talk about openly. Brené Brown's book captures fascinating details about shame and fear and joy and courage and authenticity. This book is easy to read (well, listen to) and it is a great reminder that our imperfections have their own role in our development and in our social relationships. Also, it has some very interesting references that I will certainly look for in more detail - such as that on play.
Really enjoyed this book. The chapters going through the ten guideposts are very informative. I feel inspired to bring about changes in my life. Would wholeheartedly recommend this book to you.
"Couldnt get into it"
No, I found the book too 'mummy' focused and did not relate to me on a professional level.
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