Book Review

  • The Gifts of Imperfection, Let Go of Who You think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

    By: Brené Brown, Ph.D, LMSW

    Author Info:
    The official line: “I’m a research professor at the University of Houston where I hold the Huffington – Brené Brown Endowed Chair. I’ve spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. I’m the author of five #1 New York Timesbestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Dare to Lead. My most recent book was released in October 2018 and is the culmination of a seven-year study on the future of leadership.”

    Summary
    This best-selling book was first published in 2010. The author uses personal storytelling to describe her research into shame and vulnerably. She introduces the reader to 10 Guidepost to promote “wholehearted living” that cultivate :

    1. Authenticity: Letting go of what people think
    2. Self-Compassion: Letting go of perfectionism
    3. Resilient Spirit: Letting go of numbing and powerlessness
    4. Gratitude and Joy: Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark
    5. Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting go of the need for certainty
    6. Creativity: letting go of Comparison
    7. Play and Rest: Letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity of self-worth
    8. Calm and Stillness: Letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle
    9. Meaningful Work: Letting go of self-doubt and “supposed to”
    10. Laughter, Song and Dance: Letting go of being cool and always in control

    Strengths
    Although Brown is a brilliant researcher, her style of writing is down-to-earth, relatable and not a bit “science-y”. She is funny, real and a great educator.

    Weaknesses
    If you’re looking for an intellectual body of research than this book is not for you!

    Conclusion
    The Gifts of Imperfection is an outstanding resource for anyone wanting to understand themselves and others a little better. It is a book for everyone!