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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are | [Brené Brown]

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

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?
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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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    Brett Folkman 02-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent!"

    Excellent audio book. I want to get the paperback as well! Worth rereading and having in my library! As always – Brene Brown is incredibly insightful and inspiring!

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    Nancy Hartung spring valley, ca 02-20-15
    Nancy Hartung spring valley, ca 02-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    loved it. breeze knows her stuff and imp as rts her wisdom artfully.

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    Mary 02-18-15
    Mary 02-18-15
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    "Great self-insight"

    I chose this book because it was suggested for a leadership class I am taking. I was truly confused as to what (if anything) it had to do with leadership. However, I have found that to learn about people, we must first understand ourselves and what motivates us. This book has helped me to put thoughts I've had into words and has taught me new personality concepts that had never occurred to me before.

    Great read!

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    E. Diaz 02-16-15
    E. Diaz 02-16-15
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    "Good Book"

    Good book with some helpful insights. Nothing that especially stood out as life changing but was still helpful and served as a good reminder.

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    Water Dog 02-13-15
    Water Dog 02-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "An invitation to be yourself"

    The book is nicely narrated and Brene Brown reviews the specific results of her research, which provides guideposts to whole hearted living.

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    ali 02-12-15
    ali 02-12-15 Member Since 2015

    LOVE to read- but don't have time. Selecting Audible was a great way to stay into literature. Busy working Mom- and runner!

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    "Great!!!!"

    This book is a must read for everyone who thinks they have to be perfect. Everything is not as it seems – if you think everyone else's life seems to be just a little bit better than yours. Reality – we all just a little bit broken and if we come to terms with that – we can all just live much happier lives.

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    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 02-11-15
    Scott Duclos, QC, Canada 02-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Brilliant work destroyed by the narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfection to be better than the print version?

    No, because you have to listen to that awful reading


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Excellent scientific basis for her conclusions


    What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    Completely destroyed the authenticity of the author. The author is down-to-earth in the audiobooks she reads herself. This reader makes the whole thing sound flaky.


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    Michelle 02-06-15
    Michelle 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Inspiring and affirming."

    Overall the book was amazing. It touched on things I've been struggling with and had some amazing insight and suggestions. I wasn't a big fan of the narrative however. Not that she wasn't good, just that I feel the book would've been more powerful if read by the author instead. You could tell that she was reading words that weren't hers.

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    Heather Hill 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    I wish I would've read this sooner, it was a really great read. I am going to read the rest of her books.

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    Parenthesis Camarillo, CA, United States 02-04-15
    Parenthesis Camarillo, CA, United States 02-04-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great, basic content"

    Great basic content. It should have been narrated by the author. Looking forward to listening to something narrated by her.

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