TGEBookReviewGifts of Imperfection
Brené Brown, Ph.D, first graced my life in her fantastic Ted Talk, The Power of Vulnerability a fews year ago. Since then It’s been a pleasure to read her books and watch her rise to the top of the personal development genre.

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

Brené is a Transformation Goddess. Every time she shares her research, transparent personal stories and supportive books, she shines as a beacon of hope for the rest of us to accept ourselves just as we are…

The Gifts of Imperfection reminded me to relax and enjoy my life instead of worrying about being perfect. As a recovering perfectionist, I know that unrealistic, super-high expectations lead to stress and anxiety. This book helped me remember that I can be who I am, just as I am. Nobody cares that I’m not perfect.

Here are the Ten Guideposts to Wholehearted Living:

Guidepost #1
Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think

Guidepost #2
Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism

Guidepost #3

Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness

Guidepost #4

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark

Guidepost #5

Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty

Guidepost #6

Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison

Guidepost #7

Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth

Guidepost #8

Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

Guidepost #9

Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed To”

Guidepost #10

Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”  
-Brené Brown

Enjoy this short video to get a feel for Brené’s ‘ring twirling’ personality. You will love her energy!  

brene-brownBrené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. A dynamic speaker, she frequently presents on the topic of shame resilience at conferences and public events. Visit her popular blog ( to learn more.

Claim a free copy of introduction of The Gifts of Imperfection Here or visit Amazon to buy the book.


About Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek

Shann Vander Leek is an Award Winning Podcaster, Best Selling Author, Voice Over Talent, Podcast Coach, and Media Expert.

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