the gifts of imperfection

Quick Overview:

This book is structured around 10 guideposts on how to achieve a wholehearted life. The author is a social work research professor. She has been studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame for years. Brown argues that the key to a happy, fulfilled life is to engage with the world from a place of worthiness.

How the Guideposts Help: 

Each guidepost consists of one thing to cultivate and one thing to let go of. At the end of the guideposts, she provides suggestions and comments on how to work on each.

In guidepost two, Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting go of Perfectionism; she provides a link to an online interactive quiz. This quiz will tell you what areas of self-compassion you need to work on personally. Each guidepost gives the reader something to stop doing, but provides the reader with something they can replace it with.

Not every single guidepost will relate to you, but the ones that do will definitely resonate with you. You will finish reading those guideposts with motivation and the knowledge on how to make positive changes.

The book will be as useful as you let it be. For me, it was very useful and eye opening. It showed me things about myself I didn’t realize were a problem and showed me how to positively change them. Also, the more guideposts you relate to, the more beneficial this book will be for you.

The main topics Brown addresses are: the desire to fit in, shame, authenticity, perfectionism, resilience, hope, addiction, and power. She provides stories throughout the book that gives what she is suggesting a sense of real-ness. This provokes the reader to ponder the information on a deeper level.

These topics may seem simple and obvious while you are reading them, but they will actually have a bigger impact on you than you think. After reading this book, you will find yourself going back to these topics and thinking through them with your own life.

We Recommend This book!

I believe this was her intention and it has worked on me. I finished reading this book one day ago and I have found myself already going back and rereading her suggestions on how to change certain aspects.

This book is impactful and a must read for those of you who want a little inspiration and need a little push in a positive direction.

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