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)
loved it! I find it fascinating to learn how we all (including myself) handle self-imposed and society imposed perfection. every chapter had lots of nuggets of inspiration and "aha" moments. I am going to listen again and again...in my question to conquer the perfection monster.
I really enjoyed this book. Brené's Ted Talks are what drew me to purchase this audiobook and it was exactly what I'd hoped. I intend to buy another of her books in the future.
Like all self-help kind of books on Audible though, I recommend pausing to think about what is being said after each chapter. Sometimes it's easier to take lessons when you can highlight and actual page, but I found with this and other books of this genre I had to pause frequently to get the best out of it.
This book has the potential of being life changing! Brene recognizes my human nature & gives definition to my feelings. She gives me permission to let go & cheers me on to change. Brene has the ability in a kind and understanding manner and a "I've been there, so you can do this!" sort of personal way to convince me that I AM worthy; I am brave; I am loved and I AM ENOUGH with all my vulnerabilities and fears and shame...YES we are ENOUGH!!! Bless you Brene & thank you!
Just finished listening to the audibIe version. I gave four stars because I am thrilled to have found a book that describes me almost perfectly. I found myself shaking my head in agreement, laughing out loud & going "hmmmm". I am holding out on the fifth star only because I haven't gone through the process yet. But, I am excited to get started and give it a try!
Finally. A theory I can relate to.
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