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)
Everything Brene writes is refreshing, enlighting, humorous and plain brilliant. In this book she uses her research but most importantly her personal experience.
Thank you Brené! I am definitely not alone in this world! So many of the things I've learned from this book I will put into practice, but the most important one is that I'm enough!
Overall, there are a couple of good nuggets, but they are not that earth shattering.
If you would like to hear a middle aged soccer Mom rant about her kids, husband, past alcoholism and nervous breakdown, then by all means, buy this book.
I was really disappointed, but you may love it.
I really missed having the author narrate this. Her voice is so distinctive and her passion so obvious. This narrator is not terrible but definitely suffered by comparison. No complaints about the content as I found a wealth of useful information.
If this book title was by an author whose voice was not a part of her appeal, the reader would have been acceptable. The reader, not even Southern, was a huge disappointment. I could not continue listening as the emphasis and passion were missing. This audio version was a waste of money and a huge disappointment.
This year will go down in my personal history as my mid-life crisis. I've been trying to figure out who I am and what can possibly help me to feel happy and alive again. These words spoke to my soul. I need, NEED, mindfulness. I need to feel worthy and live the life that Brown describes who she became after making these discoveries and changing her own life based on her research. I downloaded the audio book a week ago and have already listened to it twice. Yesterday I purchased the printed book so I could reference things easier. My husband is interested in listening to it now as well, since I have been sharing the things I have been learning with him. Thank you for a book so densely filled with helpful content.
The real raw insides of the book.
Challenging anxiety and invitation to self care and balance.
"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.
"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.
A couple of real nuggets: )
as it says; watch out for hustling for approval/worthiness.
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