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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

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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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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    MATT H ATLANTA, GA, US 12-08-15
    MATT H ATLANTA, GA, US 12-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome :-)"

    Opens your mind to a whole new way of seeing the world and yourself in it!
    Well worth listening to multiple times.
    Posting this after my 2nd read.
    :-)

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    Elissa 12-07-15
    Elissa 12-07-15
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    "Profoundly important"

    This book really shook me up and made me more aware of my own emotions and reactions. Made me stop and think how to alter my mood and perception of reality. Definitely a life changing experience. Every chapter is full of wisdom that is so well presented and easily conveyed to ones imagination. The author has a special gift. I am in full awe & appreciation of what I have gained through listening to this book. It is one that I will keep going back to at least once a year to refresh and tweak me back into a positive "head space".

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    Lauren 12-03-15
    Lauren 12-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Simply awesome"

    This book was simply awesome in every way. The things she talks about in this book are incredible and super easy to relate to every day life. I highly recommend this book, you won't be disappointed!

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    J. Negrete 12-03-15
    J. Negrete 12-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not your typical self help book"

    I found Brené to be humorous, relatable and encouraging. All without being overly touchy-feely, religious or too "out there". I'm fairly self-loathing and cynical and I have been lacking the motivation to make some lifestyle changes. This really helped me strip away the excuses I was using and made me really think about why I couldn't follow through.

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    cat 12-02-15
    cat 12-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Narrator"

    I love everything Brene Brown publishes;however, I prefer it being narrated by her. It seems to have more life, spirit, meaning when she is speaking the words. It resonates in a " flat" tone or energy when narrated by someone else such as done in this book.
    I will buy anything Brene Brown publishes if she is the narrator.
    Thank you.
    Catrin

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    Amazon Customer tumwater, WA, United States 11-28-15
    Amazon Customer tumwater, WA, United States 11-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "life changing"

    Loved it! So nice to know we are not alone in our struggles. Brene is so relatable and makes a very touchy subject less overwhelming and manageable.

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    Taylor 11-24-15
    Taylor 11-24-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Everyone should read this"

    It really makes you reflect on yourself. It is kind of like a therapy session, which I believe everyone needs.

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    Aubrey CUT OFF, LA, United States 11-23-15
    Aubrey CUT OFF, LA, United States 11-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Truly a gift to yourself!"

    I really like how Brené explains that shame breaks our connection to happiness. She teaches us how to not be so hard on ourselves. I especially think women can learn a great deal from this book.

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    Steve Delmar, NY USA 11-20-15
    Steve Delmar, NY USA 11-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Uh-oh... What if I'm not..."

    Currently, I'm about half way through this book. I did enjoy it up until that point, and a lot of Brene's insights really resonated with me, as a person who struggles with many of the challenges addressed in the book.

    Then the topic of resilience came up. Without giving too much away, a key trait of resilient people is apparently that they must be "spiritual". Some time is devoted to defining what this means, and while she goes to some pains to make it clear that the definition is not limited to subscribing to some form of organized religion, she makes it clear that spirituality is a bit more than human-kind being more than our individual selves brought together. For Brene, the definition must include belief in a higher power.

    As an atheist (and by the way, by all accounts a decent, caring, ethical person), I have no option for resilience as described in the book. I think that's silly.

    At first, I thought I may have missed some crucial point, but the more I listen, the more I am advised that spirituality is crucial to my success. Not being someone who can adopt a belief system purely for pragmatic, selfish purposes, I guess I am out of luck.

    As part of what constitutes a single digit demographic of the population, I recognize that I am well and truly in the minority here. I just find it ironic that what should be a feel-good, helpful book has sent me packing. Oh well...

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    Sarah 11-16-15
    Sarah 11-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Amazing work by an amazing and REAL person. I love her empathy, her honesty, and her wisdom!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her personal testimony on her own recovery.


    What did you learn from The Gifts of Imperfection that you would use in your daily life?

    Create your own story and own it.


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    Crewe, United Kingdom
    9/1/12
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    "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...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Astrid
    Cheltenham, United Kingdom
    8/3/11
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    "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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra W
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    1/24/14
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    "Brilliant and very helpful."
    If you could sum up The Gifts of Imperfection in three words, what would they be?

    Thought-provoking. Helpful. Insightful.


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

    Realising I did some of the things mentioned and I could easily change this.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    It was fine, she sounded like she was actually talking to you rather than reading but was a little robotic sounding when reading quotes.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Be yourself: Life is too short to worry about what others think.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth listening too, give it a chance it may just change your life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kyle
    6/15/15
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    "Very inspiring"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Casey
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    4/7/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • valerie farragher
    11/4/15
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    "AWESOME"

    One of the finest books, by a fine women....cant wait to hear her next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    10/17/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chas
    7/31/15
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    "Great"

    A couple of real nuggets: )
    recommended
    as it says; watch out for hustling for approval/worthiness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cannycook
    7/26/15
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    "Learn more about yourself"
    Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

    This is a book you can return to again and again. As her other audible recordings it is great to listen to in the car especially on longer journeys


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to, and why?

    Louse Hay. I Can Do It


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Enjoyed how she illustrated her points with anecdotes from her wide experience


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh when I recognised the things I do to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Ella Mentry
    UK Cotswolds
    7/20/15
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    "Very interesting look into the self"
    What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfection the most enjoyable?

    I is a deep topic made easy to swallow.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to, and why?

    Daring Greatly is also by the same author and touches on the same topics.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No only because you need to reflect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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