The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brene Brown

Rating: 4/5 stars

Date completed: January 9, 2016

Until we can receive with an open heart, we are never really giving with an open heart. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help. - Brené Brown

Brené Brown puts herself out there in a way that I’ve never seen. She talks openly about struggles that many of us have and none of us talk about.

What I like most is that, based on her research, Brown presents ten ideas to think about, each associated with a specific action item. She calls these goalposts. They are:

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

Some things I think I will change as a result of reading this book:

This book has already had a meaningful impact on how I view the world around me. You should read it.