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 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.
No I haven't, but I enjoyed this performance.
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.
I *LOVE* the topic- the idea to let go of perfection would be so healing for our society to embrace it.
Yes- mostly written to get the point across- sometimes I felt like she was plugging her other material but I suppose that's normal.
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.
I still haven't read the print version.
Annoying, whistling, sibilant.
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.
Brenee speaks in common ( blunt ) language and shares her struggles with her imperfection.
I liked the Vowel guide to living
Many favorites. Hard to pick one.
I have enjoyed her book " Daring greatly " and this one. Both have been like an ointment towards healing from never good enough.
I am enjoying this book a lot. The personalization of the content and the topic of shame brings it to a level of REAL.
The author's authenticity.
Speaking to a parent group not knowing there was an underlying issue.
When Brene shared a moment of shame with her sister.
I loved the ideas and the steps to practice. I felt that I learned some great things to practice.
It was easy to listen to, and kept my interest.
The stuff about how to be helpful when others feel shame.
Too much scientific talk and lots of invented definitions to make a simple point
To a high degree
NOT natural or convincing
The book would make a very sophisticated PHD Thesis and too complicated with hard to understand jargon
Probably my sister who does too much
I realized that I was already embracing the lifestyle she spoke about.
I enjoyed and related to the info in this book. In the midst of my own 'soul work,' this served as a nice compliment.
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