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)
I connected with most of what this book offered. I felt the twinges and grimaces of digging deep but was glad to explore what she offered. I'm hopeful that using these tools will build a greater life and experience. I have read a few "self help" books but none have been so spot on before.
Liked this so very much. There are many concepts that have a ring of truth here. Not a step by step guidebook but starts patterns of thought that I want to encourage. Finished it but I already want to listen again for more details I missed.
Bought this without sampling thinking it was narrated by the author (my mistake). Once I realized my error, was willing to give it a shot, but struggled through the less than five-hour listen for over a month. Narrator mispronounces a handful of not difficult words, and has an eerie, yet difficult to pinpoint stepford-like quality to her tone and cadence (plus a very distracting tooth whistle). Happy to be finished & plan to avoid narrator in the future.
I really enjoyed the content of this book. Well researched and written. I found the narrator a little hard to listen to. Not sure if it was simply a pitch in her voice, which would be a personal preference thing, or if she was just a little too quick in her pace. I love when a narrator makes the book feel like a conversation is being had, or story is unfolding. This felt a little like a rushed reading. That said, I will recommend this book to many.
Think Big, Work Smart, Live the Dream!
Thought provoking. Actionable. Yet light and enjoyable listening. Life/Happiness smarts. Whole-hearted living is not what I expected. The topic of developing resilience was enlightening!
Please don't let this be your introduction to Brene Brown, unless you're buying a physical copy of this book to read yourself. The reader on this one is just not a good fit for the material. She sounds like a fine reader, but here she's emotionless & even monotonous. I found myself bored & tuning out, when the actual material inspires anything but that reaction. Brene herself covers this book in pretty much its entirety in her speech series "The Power of Vulnerability" (often word-for-word) & it's SO much better delivered than in this audiobook. With that one, you get to hear the charm & the wit infused in her words that's just missing here.
BUT... the information (in both works) is truly life-changing. It's extremely relatable, so even though you're learning new ways to see things and new ways to see yourself, it's like a great friend who's enlightening you with examples. You get enough of her background to appreciate the authority with which she comes to conclusions, but it's done with such loving warmth, you get it while you're smiling & laughing. And the more you get it, the more you'll practice it in your own life. For example, you'll start to recognize when something you're wanting to do is blocked by a "shame gremlin," and you'll learn ways to shine the very light on that gremlin that will eradicate it. I simply cannot praise Brene's work more highly, but the reading of this particular audiobook is most unfortunate and not at all the way anyone should dive into learning what she has to share.
It's okay to be you. As a matter of fact, you will learn to love being you - your perceived imperfections and all - that's what makes you, YOU. I came across this book a few years ago, purely by accident. But as I'm quickly discovering, there are no accidents. This book is brilliant and has become one of the go-to books in my personal library. I'm truly grateful for the understanding this book provides.
"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...
"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!
"Brilliant and very helpful."
Thought-provoking. Helpful. Insightful.
Realising I did some of the things mentioned and I could easily change this.
It was fine, she sounded like she was actually talking to you rather than reading but was a little robotic sounding when reading quotes.
Be yourself: Life is too short to worry about what others think.
Definitely worth listening too, give it a chance it may just change your life.
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.
"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.
"Short and Enjoyable"
Many useful pieces and would definately be worth tucking in to again.
The quotes and life experiences shared from Brene Brown
Would choose another book by the same author
"The gift of 'The Gifts'"
This is wonderful to listen to. I realised a new focus of thinking. Very good.
great read and content. wonderful book on how people feel about life without holding back.
One of the finest books, by a fine women....cant wait to hear her next book
"A life bible. Indispensable knowledge of how to live a wholehearted life from a wholehearted"
This is a book that we could all do with reading! I have already shared so many of Brene's words with my daughter and friends. It's a bible for a way of life that feels very in tune with reality. Ultimately aligned with the universe. I loved the Dig deep anagram at the end of each chapter and will refer to these again and again until they are ingrained in my psychi. My goal having read this book is simply to live connected and wholeheartedly in every way.
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