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The Gifts of Imperfection Audiobook

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

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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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    Debra Ann Frey Ronkonkoma, NY United States 07-30-16
    Debra Ann Frey Ronkonkoma, NY United States 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Finally!!"

    Just finished listening to the audibIe version. I gave four stars because I am thrilled to have found a book that describes me almost perfectly. I found myself shaking my head in agreement, laughing out loud & going "hmmmm". I am holding out on the fifth star only because I haven't gone through the process yet. But, I am excited to get started and give it a try!

    Finally. A theory I can relate to.

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    DC Buchanan LAREDO, TX United States 07-29-16
    DC Buchanan LAREDO, TX United States 07-29-16 Member Since 2015
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    "People pleasing, shame, perfectionism... Have you had enough trying to do it your way?"

    When I first learned about Brene's work from a friend who suggested it after hearing issues I was dealing with , I thought. Hmmm. She I randomly over heard a conversation about her work, I got curious. Then, on the third mention from yet another person I had to see for myself...

    I just finished listening to this amazing information in its entirety and let me tell you, it's going to send you down a lot of paths of self discovery. The way that Brene puts all of her research into a language that you can understand, and at the same time share all of the trials that she went through personally while doing the research created a connection with me that allowed it all to resonate like few authors do.

    I deeply appreciate this information, and I'm sure, since you read down this far, you will to.

    Sincerely, a recovering perfectionist...enjoy.

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    Amanda 07-27-16
    Amanda 07-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Eye opener!"

    Pretty quick and short book, but to the point. I wanted there to be more... I guess I will move on to daring greatly. I found so many things that I could relate to in it. the narrator was also very easy to listen to!

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    Kristena 07-27-16
    Kristena 07-27-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    This book was filled with insights that have never crossed my mind. It made me really look at my life differently. when it was over I actually gasped because I wanted to hear more on this topic from Brene Brown. I'm sad it's over but I'm going to listen again.

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    SarahLouise 07-19-16
    SarahLouise 07-19-16
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    "Fantastic!"

    It was just what I needed. A good kick up the behind to start dealing with shame and become the resilient and worthy 'real' me.

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    Catherine MacMahon 07-19-16
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    "Love the book, not the narrator"

    The narrator seemed too prim and proper for this book. But after listening to Brene Brown herself narrator "The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting", it's a tough act to follow.

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    Dala 07-19-16
    Dala 07-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "read it if"

    If you are looking for definitions of basic emotions and words to describe the way you feel and how to deal with it that's the book for you.

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    Hend 07-17-16
    Hend 07-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Content duplication "

    I tried to be at know nothing state during hearing it but 60% of the book content is duplicated from "The power of vulnerability" it was like i bought the book again!
    it was very disappointing.

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    Antoinette 07-14-16
    Antoinette 07-14-16
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    "Excellent reading. &Super for Your spirit -Soul!!!"

    thank you Brenne Brown AND Autible 4-giving my blind Ass !!!-You've helped me by bringing me. bioks. and wisdom.... Ur both The Bomb!-Thank you. RJANK YOU~ other helpful books of Hope & serenity or better way of living thinking. LIVING JOYFULLY R (The Secret) & (Awake in the Dream) THANX AGAIN #!!!!!!

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    Joshua Kimmis 07-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Doormat Syndrome"

    Having suffered a life of doormat syndrome for years, I've been looking for someone to tell me that the bravest thing I can do for myself if stand up for myself. Change, and bravery, is a process.

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