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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Third time listening and I get more out each time!

A must read for every professional woman! Perfectionism, shame and overwhelm are things we all deal with and this book helps you to overcome them.

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Brene Brown is amazing!

I read this in a day, with a pile of tissues, and life changing realizations.

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Great Guideposts

Love Dr Brown and her work. This isnthe foundatopn of her Shame resilience traching and should, IMHO, be read before her later books.
I love listening to Dr Brown's online videos and so was disappointed with the natration.

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Great Read!

Wish Brene would have narrated her own book! Great Read!! "Audible 20 review sweepstakes entry"

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Such a blessing

This book truly helped me understand ME! In a way I never had before. I thought something was wrong with me. til now

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Not as good as hyped

Brene seems like a good and fun person, and she writes in a friendly, engaging style, but she didn't tell me anything new. Disappointed.

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SO inspiring and SPOT ON!!!

Just finished listening and can't wait to listen to it again. Love, love, LOVE it!

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Lengthy

Chapter 16 represents the essence of the book that the author uses 15 long chapters to dissect.

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Relatable

I would recommend this book to everyone. If you are human, you will be able to relate. I found so much of this relatable. I am looking forward to striving to live and be my authentic vulnerable self!!

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Amazing book! Highly recommend!

A lot of aha moments in this book. She has a strong grasp on the human struggle. The book was very well organized and stories were very entertaining. Some books are not so well written when it comes to deeper topics. This book flows nicely and keeps your attention, always had you wanting to know more about her research. I'm now a fan of Brene' Brown and will be purchasing the books of the authors she recommended through out the book. Thanks for sharing all your insights!