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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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    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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    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 2015
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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 2015
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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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    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
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    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.

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  • 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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