I discovered Brene Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, by chance, and it’s seriously changed my life! I was just eating up her wisdom, and upon finishing the book I immediately bought her earlier book, The Gifts of Imperfection. I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted to recommend books so highly.
These books are important and these books are for everyone.
Brene Brown interviewed people from a different angle than our culture is used to. Her writing is full of ideas I’d never thought of before, but are so relatable and so right. Her main approach is that success and perfection are not our goal- our goal is to live whole-heartedly. To dare greatly. To feel worthiness and human connection. To lean into the hard, understanding that it happens. And it’s okay that hard happens. Because if we can be open to discomfort, that’s how we’ll be open to joy too.
A favorite quote from Daring Greatly:
“To set down those lists of what we’re supposed to be is brave. To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”
If our goal in life is perfection, we’ll fall short always. We’re not built to be perfect. The Gifts of Imperfection gives 10 guideposts (backed by years and years of research and thousands of interviews) on how to live a whole-hearted life, rather than a perfect life. Brene Brown explains that our imperfections are gifts, because they give us courage, compassion, and connection. These gifts are what make us human, and embracing them will allow us to live full lives. It’s a beautiful book full of profound wisdom.
Anyways, stop reading here now, and go read these books! You’re welcome! 🙂