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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This has changed me!
When I watched Dr Brene Brown's 20 min chat @ Ted conference on my friend's Facebook wall, I knew what I was watching was soooooo true. I didn't need research to prove to me what she talks about is true. I live those struggles, inadequacies, and imperfections on a daily basis. What I loved about this audio book was that I was able to listen to it whilst having breakfast, or on a bus journey. At times what was being said was so deep and true, I would have to rewind and listen to the chapters again. Her research strongly supports this book and therefore it's difficult to dismiss this as another self help book. In addition, she is also quite funny. I strongly recommend this book to anyone serious about their personal development!
One of the Best TED talks ever
I saw Brenee on the TEd Talks and as a result bought the book, been looking for something like this for years. Thanks