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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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    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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    Amazon Customer 01-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Heartfelt ckarity"

    loved it gave meaning to concepts long held as forbidden . Dr. Brown understands the struggkes of the human psyche.

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    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 01-14-15
    Ronald E. Newlon NEW YORK, NY, US 01-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfection the most enjoyable?

    I like the flow and honesty of the author. The guidance/advice seemed genuine and honest


    What did you like best about this story?

    Some personal experiences and some research based it was a very good balance


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

    The reader did a very good job and I enjoyed listening to her


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I like the whole book -


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to this book again. I have told friends about this book. It is a good choice if you are thinking about becoming a better person

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie 01-12-15
    Leslie 01-12-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not Brene Brown"
    What would have made The Gifts of Imperfection better?

    Different reader. I just started listening and I am not interested in continuing. Listen to Brene's speeches and understand her spirit in what she is communicating.


    What was most disappointing about Brené Brown’s story?

    I was very disappointed to find it was not Brene Brown reading this or even someone like her. The reader is very stilted. Not Brene's style at all. Brene is humorous and makes the subject interesting while making the mood lighter. Thiis reader shows no personality. Just reads like robot.


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

    Too stilted. Not at all offering the SPIRIT of Brene's message.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    chose another reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Burnett reno 01-12-15
    K. Burnett reno 01-12-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very interesting read"

    Really liked the narrator and the content
    Personable and real stories . Maybe it's easier to forgive ourselves than we thought

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    Naja 01-12-15
    Naja 01-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read"

    Great read, amazing tips and stories. Very tangible to start implementing now! Would recommend to anyone looking to explore feelings of inadequacy.

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    Mudir Soroor Planet Earth 01-10-15
    Mudir Soroor Planet Earth 01-10-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Good Trigger for Different Thinking!"

    This book is not talking about things that are entirely new. Rather, it triggers us to be more aware of and better at practicing what should be intuitive but we normally overlook.

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    C. Oneal California 01-05-15
    C. Oneal California 01-05-15 Member Since 2012

    I'm addicted to Audible. A new grandma I am responsible for my grandsons library, which reignited my interest in books.

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    "Great book prefer Brene s voice"

    Brenes books are amazing and have filled in a huge missing piece within the power of intentions theory. I strongly suggest pairing this book with the E Course offered through own and getting a journal and water colors. This combination has had a profound affect on me. The narrators voice was a little too sweet and fairy tale ish for Brenes whit and truth talk. Though I do understand she's a busy lady that needs boundaries.

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    D. Hellmann United States 01-04-15
    D. Hellmann United States 01-04-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Kind of irritating"

    The book and the narrator were a little irritating and self righteous. I powered through the whole book because there were a few golden nuggets of helpful wisdom buried DEEP inside.

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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.

    2 of 2 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!

    2 of 2 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
  • FEAA
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    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
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    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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