The Gifts of Imperfection

This year has been all about personal growth for me, drawing on the wisdom of a lot of different books to put into practical application the things that can help me get to where I want to be.

With that in mind, I’ve been excited to get back to Brené Brown and her research. So when I got a gift card to Barnes & Noble, I didn’t think twice, I just bought it.

Drawing from her research on shame and shame resilience, Brown uncovered some practical steps or guideposts for wholehearted living, which she outlines in this book. By embracing imperfection and vulnerability, Brown says that people living wholeheartedly experience more courage, compassion, and connection.

Her guideposts include things like authenticity, self-compassion, gratitude and joy, creativity, and more. Each chapter tackles a specific guidepost, providing a definition and practical ways to cultivate them in your life.

The Gifts if Imperfection is a short book, but it’s packed full of powerful stuff. I’m sure I’ll have to reread some chapters to really soak up the applications. But already Brown’s research has once again already given me a lot to think of.

If you’re looking for ways to keep growing as a person, Brown’s books are a great place to start. Though primarily researching shame, Brown’s research touches on a variety of topics related. For me, her insights on vulnerability are practical and provoking, especially right now, when vulnerability and authenticity are two aspects I’m struggling to cultivate.

Check her out. Even though she’s an academic, she writes in a way that makes it easy to follow, not getting bogged down in the research and data. Brown uses her own experiences to show what she’s talking about, and she does so in a refreshingly honest way.

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