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)
I think I need to listen to this again. She has a great personality and the topic is easy to relate to, but it's not terribly engaging so I found that even minor road hazards totally distracted me and I had to rewind. For me perhaps this would have been better as a read than a listen.
Not only has this book helped me better understand clients and human beings in general, Brene Brown's story is extremely relatable. She is ME. She completely brought me to tears on several occasions because I have lived oh. so. many of her stories and explanations. Very, very powerful read.
The narrator has a very 'whistley' S, that's almost piercing to the ears. Once you get past that, the 'story' sucks you right it. This is no self help book like I've ever (tried) to read. This is real, honest, shit for every 'perfectionist.'
There were so many visible elements of disconnect. As a woman and mother, I expected to be able to connect with Brown and gain from her narrative. Instead, I was left feeling like she was still searching for answers to questions she's attempting to answer here.
No but I very well could be turned off from other books by the author.
At some point I determined that it could potentially be the narrator's holier-than-though tone that was turning me off from this read.
I'm struggling with the notion that her story could be so far from my reality that neither of us could be of benefit to the other.
I read this book as part of a book discussion at my job. Maybe that was the fatal flaw.
ok. Brene Brown does her own narrations well.
I hate rating this badly but it is the exact same information as Brene Brown's, The power of vulnerability. It is very good information to ponder, but not when you buy two different books from the same author just to hear the same message. I feel a bit ripped off.
I wish Brene Brown was my sister, best friend, Mom, and or therapist. I love her real way of talking and saying things how they truly are. Deep and raw and terrifying and awesome. I am scared to death but excited to put the changes in my life that I learned from this book.
This book was recommended to me and has been in my queue for almost a year. I've been really looking forward to finally exploring it based upon my friends recommendation. After making it through the first two chapters, I figured that shit the author was just introducing herself and that's why she continuously spoke about how well she handled problems and issues that came her way but as the book continued, I found that that was just her writing style. This book reads like an extended pretentious blog post. What the author puts forward as anecdotal stories to prove her credentials comes across as braggadocious. Story after story full of how her unique experience and perspective can bring insight unlike anyone else but then falling short of actually digging into a subject.
At several points I paused the book to make sure I wasn't casting judgment or blaming it on the narration. I really wanted to like this book but it it was unbearable.
This book was powerful. A must read for codependents like me who struggling with the demon of never feeling good enough. I will read this book multiple times I'm sure! Thanks Brené!! ❤❤❤
As stated in the book, there are so many self help books that are pie in the sky and unachievable. This deals with how it really is and how to improve your life step by step
"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...
"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!
"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.
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.
"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.
"Short and Enjoyable"
Many useful pieces and would definately be worth tucking in to again.
The quotes and life experiences shared from Brene Brown
Would choose another book by the same author
"The gift of 'The Gifts'"
This is wonderful to listen to. I realised a new focus of thinking. Very good.
great read and content. wonderful book on how people feel about life without holding back.
One of the finest books, by a fine women....cant wait to hear her next book
"A life bible. Indispensable knowledge of how to live a wholehearted life from a wholehearted"
This is a book that we could all do with reading! I have already shared so many of Brene's words with my daughter and friends. It's a bible for a way of life that feels very in tune with reality. Ultimately aligned with the universe. I loved the Dig deep anagram at the end of each chapter and will refer to these again and again until they are ingrained in my psychi. My goal having read this book is simply to live connected and wholeheartedly in every way.
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