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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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Hill 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    I wish I would've read this sooner, it was a really great read. I am going to read the rest of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S 02-04-15
    S 02-04-15
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    "Great stuff!!!"

    I really liked it all. ( Usually I don't read these types of books unless they are read by the author. Buy I thought this narrator did a fantastic job!) And Brene Brown's writing is spot on, you can identify with her and laugh along. Very worth your time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron L. Matthews Pea Ridge, AR 01-27-15
    Aaron L. Matthews Pea Ridge, AR 01-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Aaron Matthews

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    "a++"

    A book everyone with a soul should read. Another master piece by Brene Brown with great insights into who we are as people.

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    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-22-15
    Jodie Middletown, NY, United States 01-22-15 Member Since 2014

    I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

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    "Excellent Book"

    This book kicked off my Brene Brown journey! She has a lot of great things to say and it is well worth the read!

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    Azuree S. 01-22-15
    Azuree S. 01-22-15
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    "#loveit"

    Brene's rawness is inspiring! I can't wait to re read and see what other Aha's I can get out of it.

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    Jacksie CHANDLER, AZ, US 01-20-15
    Jacksie CHANDLER, AZ, US 01-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Just buy it"

    This book is changing my life. I'll update when I figure out exactly what that means... For now, suffice to say that I'm in the midst of a great awakening. I highly recommend it!

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    S. Kornweibel Seattle, WA 01-16-15
    S. Kornweibel Seattle, WA 01-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Love this book and Brene Brown's work!"

    This book is rich with insight, wisdom, laughter and guideposts for living a wholehearted life. Very highly recommended this book.

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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...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra W
    Methven, United Kingdom
    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
  • 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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Casey
    UK
    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
  • 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
  • FEAA
    england
    4/15/15
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    "Couldnt get into it"
    Would you try another book written by Brené Brown or narrated by Lauren Fortgang?

    No, I found the book too 'mummy' focused and did not relate to me on a professional level.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Lauren Fortgang?

    No


    Did The Gifts of Imperfection inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    8/31/14
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    "Poor"
    What would have made The Gifts of Imperfection better?

    More insight, style and relevance


    Has The Gifts of Imperfection put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book due to the large number of positive reviews but my honest opinion is that they can't be genuine. If you're after a well researched book written in a compelling style don't buy this. If you're happy to listen to a nice Amercian woman talking about her breakdown and recovery in an almost 'dear diary' style then you may well enjoy it.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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