The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You areThe Gifts of Imperfection by Breň Brown
Published by Hazelden Publishing on 2010
Genres: Creativity, Motivational & Inspirational, Personal Growth, Self-Esteem, Self-Help, Spiritual
Pages: 137
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In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten 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 her ten 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."

I first heard of Brene Brown after watching her 20 minute TEDx talk The Power Of Vulnerability.

The Gifts of Imperfection offers readers a way to change their lives through adopting the practices of “wholehearted” living, an idea Brené came up with after studying concepts like shame, happiness, joy, anxiety and how they all relate to each other. By learning to embrace our imperfections, and recognise what issues get in our way, such as shame and fear we are able to lead more authentic and compassionate lives.

The book is an easy and fun read as concepts such as the difference between happiness and joy and courage and heroics are spelled out.