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Book Review & Discussion : The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

About this Event

In this event, you’ll learn

  • Why authenticity is a choice
  • The three C’s of being an authentic person
  • What perfection really is about
  • How to build resilience thanks to purpose and perspective
  • Why gratitude is a practice and how to implement it
  • How to make your anxiety manageable
  • Why you should see your career in slashes
  • The reason that being uncool is actually cool

    About the Author

    Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

    She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and Braving the Wilderness. Her newest book is titled Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

    Brené’s TED talk The Power of Vulnerability is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.

    Brené lives in Houston, Texas with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.


    “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.

    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.”” -Audible

    Main points

    • Authenticity is a choice that needs courage, compassion, as well as connection.
    • Fear of shame conceals at the back perfectionism.
    • Develop purpose and perception in order for you to become resilient even when you encounter adversity.
    • Work on being grateful for the normal moments in life.
    • In order to be a better decision-maker, you need to let go of the desire for certainty and trust your intuition.
    • Accept your own creative ability to do away with the need for comparison.
    • Playing and resting are as essential as work when it comes to your well-being.
    • Learn to control your anxiety, instead of attempting to get rid of it.
    • Know your own gifts and abilities so that you will be able to share with the world.
    • Don’t be scared of being uncool.

    Category Arts