The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (Unabridged)
by Brené Brown
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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."
Looking Into A New Year
In considering a resolution for the new year, I thought I should pick something real for me. I didn't think it was smart for me to aim at goals with the "starting gun" of January 1, so instead I settled into looking at me and what I could do practically and enthusiastically... well, at least with modified fervor... The Gifts of Imperfection was a great opportunity to look inside, celebrate me, and think about what I actually am grateful for. I would recommend it to anyone who is eager to examine the life they are blessed with.
The ssssss are VERY hard to bare! Maybe some changes could be made. I may have to get the book, not based on content. However, the oratory narrator's pathology is OVERLY focused on her ssssss's that it bleeds into other words and you are not sure what she is saying. Or, the sound board operator thought it was sexy the first 30 seconds. But 4 hours.....can't be done.
Brenee's work is so powerful and important and she is so engaging in her TED Talks.
Her work on the importance of embracing our imperfections is so necessary...especially when so many "perfect people" in the middle class have to face the harsh reality that their following "the rules" (working hard, graduating from college, etc) won't save their jobs, because they are being eliminated by technology or are being sent overseas.
I therefore feel petty or silly in having such a problem with the narrator.
Her well-coiffed and perfected diction annoyingly contradicts the valuable messages of acceptance and authenticity described in Brenee's book. The audiobook makes me feel like I'm listening to a lecture from an automated Stepford Wife.
I humbly recommend checking out what James Altucher did when he recoded, "Choose Yourself"...he embraced his authenticity throughout and consistently and playfully amended his book with impromptu, but relevant thoughts and stories that further made his point.
Renee 'a work is wonderful, and my wish in writing this review is to contribute to her success by encouraging her work to be made more accessible.