In this article I want to talk about a book I came across called The Gifts of Imperfection. It’s by this amazing woman and accomplished researcher, Brene Brown. If you haven’t heard of her, you must be sleeping under a rock.
She’s a shame researcher who writes a blog but has now a handful of bestselling self-help books on achieving authenticity and personal growth through a variety of means.
Instead of the usual concepts that include “loving yourself” and “guided meditation”, Brown breaks things down for those of us who don’t like the woo-woo and are more likely to be persuaded by facts accrued through academic research. That’s exactly what she does in her books.
She’s documented the interviews of thousands of people who share their experiences, stories, and life paths. By compiling the data, Brown has revealed some amazing findings. The most inspiring that we can choose to live “wholeheartedly” despite our upbringing, despite our past experiences and despite previous choices. If we want to change course, it’s an uphill battle, but the rewards are worth it.
For those of you turned off by the study and learning of authenticity through scientific means, stick with me—it’s amazing. Brene Brown is a self-admitted perfectionist who once believed getting straight A’s, keeping a clean house and going to church was the way to live a fulfilled life. Essentially, doing “the right thing”.
Now she’ll be the first to tell you that though she once thought the only things that mattered were things that could be measured, she’s made the realization that “if it can be measured, it’s probably not that important”.
Believe it or not, this came from her scientific research. Oh, the irony.
However cruel this irony felt at first, the truth is that it was a gift in so many, many ways. Our next article will explore those gifts further.