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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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    Kimberley Athens, TX, United States 06-05-12
    Kimberley Athens, TX, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE the Book!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to many people! It is a wonderful no nonsense way of telling us how important it is to love ourselves first. Otherwise...no one can else can love us.


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

    Spoken in the first person, there is only one character but Lauren's voice is perfect for the attitude portrayed within the book!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!! But alas it took me a couple of days....


    Any additional comments?

    I am very familiar with Lauren from other books she has narrated and I love her voice and intonation! She does the book justice! Rock on Lauren!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jayne Toorak, Australia 05-22-12
    Jayne Toorak, Australia 05-22-12
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    "Breathy reading"
    What did you like best about The Gifts of Imperfection? What did you like least?

    I like all the messages but would have preferred to listen to the author, Brene Brown. This narrator is annoying as you can hear her every breath.


    Would you recommend The Gifts of Imperfection to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but not this version


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

    You can hear her intake of breath consistently throughout the reading and it is really distracting.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Bellevue, WA 05-21-12
    Amazon Customer Bellevue, WA 05-21-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Brilliant Author"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfection to be better than the print version?

    Brene Brown is one of my favorite female authors. Her books are insightful and hearing the ideas outloud just brings them home all the more.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    Pema Chodron's books are similiar in that they talk about leaning into life's vulnerablities and uncertainties.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meili MURRAY, UT, United States 03-27-12
    Meili MURRAY, UT, United States 03-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "inspiring"
    Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

    I don't know if I would listen to it again. But I am definitely interested in reading her other book. I found her research very interesting and would like to know more on that. But for the average person it is very inspiring.


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

    I can't remember there being a specific moment that moved me. I loved what she says about having compassion for ourselves, being vulnerable, and connection.


    Any additional comments?

    I have suggested this book to several women in my life.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heidi 03-26-12
    Heidi 03-26-12
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    "The best new thing out there!!!"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    The ideas and how they make so much sense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I have listened many times so it is all memorable


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Sometimes the voice sounds speeded up. That was annoying


    What did you learn from The Gifts of Imperfection that you would use in your daily life?

    Too much to list. It was all very timely and significant to my life right now


    Any additional comments?

    I'm recommending this book/audiobook to all the people I know who might find it valuable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adrian Alice, TX, United States 02-10-12
    adrian Alice, TX, United States 02-10-12

    Good books are hard to find!

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    "Tough Diesel Mechanic"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I loved the way the book made you question your thoughts on what others think of you.


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    The book that I will compare is Joseph Luciani's book Self Coaching-Get The Power.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    She is very easy to listen to, and adds emotion to the book.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I am examining the way I perceive life, and more importantly the way I demand perfection in what I do or appear as.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been the only book I have ever done a review on. I am a male Diesel Mechanic in the oilfields, and I am so glad that books by Brene Brown are done to help even us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia United States 02-07-12
    Virginia United States 02-07-12
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    "An excellent book"

    Simple ... it's how i describe this books ... while listening to it i felt like i was sitting and talking to Dr.Brown herself ... the book is very personal and i found it very inspiring and mind chaging ... i learned alot from it

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie ITHACA, NY, United States 01-31-12
    julie ITHACA, NY, United States 01-31-12
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    "Enlightening and comforting at the same time"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfection to be better than the print version?

    I have only listened to this book, but after listening to it, I intend to purchase the print version. There are a number of references I would like to read in print, earmark to return to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciate Brene's sharing of personal experiences and stories that validate her ideas.


    What three words best describe Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    Engaging, easy going.


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

    no - enjoyed it all.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    daniel conway San Diego 02-20-12
    daniel conway San Diego 02-20-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Where is the meat?"
    Would you try another book from Brene Brown and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    No


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

    No, this book is psyhcobable


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She was great!


    What character would you cut from The Gifts of Imperfection?

    This book is a rowboat of thought, next to a battleship of words.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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