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 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.
Very insightful book! I am realizing I evidently didn't know myself as well as I thought I did. Listened to it twice within two weeks! Recommend it for anyone willing to do some inner reflection.
The narrater's voice was so irritating that I could not finish listening to the book. I felt like my skin was peeling off of my body.
This was a remix of all of Brown's work. I've heard it all before.
Brene should have read the book out loud. Her personality is what helps to sell the books she writes. This narrater's voice destroyed the experience.
No---all of Brene Brown's books are starting to sound the same.
I'm a tremendous fan of Ms Brown's work and writing and made the supreme mistake of listening to her Ted talks where I found her delivery to be effortless, delightful, and charmingly down to Earth. it was only an appetite to hear what she had to say that made me stick to this audio book - it pains me to single someone out for a bad job so let's just blame the director instead, shall we? The narration was glib and shallow, trivializing the subject matter to the point of making it insignificant and more like a Hallmark infomercial that an important and thoughtful work. please don't reject this book, but read it yourself rather than listening.
boring bland examples, cookie-cutter cliches that are somehow presented as "original", the same phrases repeated over and over, talking about research without citing or describing any of it, and (in my opinion the worst part), it's extremely judgmental while pretending not to be. has a few good ideas but other books on similar topics are much better (the antidote, just about any book on ACT).
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