The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
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.”
About the Author: Brené Brown
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work.
She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Brené’s 2010 TEDxHouston talk,The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com, with approximately 6 million viewers.
Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.
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