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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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    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.


    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.

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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.

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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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    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!

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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

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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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    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
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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Oana
    7/13/15
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    "Fascinating facts about us and our imperfections"

    Vulnerability is seldom a subject that people talk about openly. Brené Brown's book captures fascinating details about shame and fear and joy and courage and authenticity. This book is easy to read (well, listen to) and it is a great reminder that our imperfections have their own role in our development and in our social relationships. Also, it has some very interesting references that I will certainly look for in more detail - such as that on play.

    0 of 0 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

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