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In A Book Inspired By Her Popular TED Talk, New York Times Bestselling Author Reshma Saujani Empowers Women And Girls To Embrace Imperfection And BraveryImagine If You Lived Without The Fear Of Not Being Good Enough If You Didn T Care How Your Life Looked On Instagram, Or Worry About What Total Strangers Thought Of You Imagine If You Could Let Go Of The Guilt, And Stop Beating Yourself Up For Tiny Mistakes What If, In Every Decision You Faced, You Took The Bolder Path Too Many Of Us Feel Crushed Under The Weight Of Our Own Expectations We Run Ourselves Ragged Trying To Please Everyone, All The Time We Lose Sleep Ruminating About Whether We May Have Offended Someone, Pass Up Opportunities That Take Us Out Of Our Comfort Zones, And Avoid Rejection At All CostsThere S A Reason We Act This Way, Reshma Says As Girls, We Were Taught To Play It Safe Well Meaning Parents And Teachers Praised Us For Being Quiet And Polite, Urged Us To Be Careful So We Didn T Get Hurt, And Steered Us To Activities At Which We Could ShineThe Problem Is That Perfect Girls Grow Up To Be Women Who Are Afraid To Fail It S Time To Stop Letting Our Fears Drown Out Our Dreams And Narrow Our World, Along With Our Chance At HappinessBy Choosing Bravery Over Perfection, We Can Find The Power To Claim Our Voice, To Leave Behind What Makes Us Unhappy, And Go For The Things We Genuinely, Passionately Want Perfection May Set Us On A Path That Feels Safe, But Bravery Leads Us To The One We Re Authentically Meant To FollowIn Brave, Not Perfect, Reshma Shares Powerful Insights And Practices To Help Us Override Our Perfect Girl Training And Make Bravery A Lifelong Habit By Being Brave, Not Perfect, We Can All Become The Authors Of Our Biggest, Boldest, And Most Joyful Life

10 thoughts on “Brave, Not Perfect

  1. says:

    Perfect for a TED talk and just a tad bit repetitive and go get it ish for a book Having read this book, though, I realised how lucky I am because I ve never been told that I ought to be perfect or ought to be something other than just happy and content, for that matter or, that being a girl, I m a less something.I grew up in the family where women would have none of this softer gender thing my great grandmother travelled across the country during the WW2 on her own with six little children , and men my Dad and my Grandpa lauded the brilliance, kindness, generosity and, yes, bravery of the women they love In fact, my Grandpa, one of the smartest men I know, my constant interlocutor and opponent, encouraged me not to use but I am a girl as an excuse to not understand or not know something When I was at school and couldn t figure out how to deal with a difficult math homework, he tried to explain me things that I found too complicated to grasp Refusing to make an effort, I asked him to just tell me what the answer was, because I m a girl , I added So what he said In this regard Brave, Not Perfect is an eye opening book for me as what I ve been taking for granted my entire life turned out to be a privilege And yet, I, too, don t often feel brave enough, and I m definitely prone to either having a perfect result or not doing anything at all I asked myself, why And I daresay it s because things are a bit complicated in real life than they are in a TED talk or a How To book I don t like eerie boy girl binary opposition that Reshma Saujani used in this book She states, for example, that women don t go for what they want unless they re sure that they re 100% qualified, while for men 60% of confidence is enough She says that boys are encouraged to be brave, while girls are encouraged to be likable It s the truth, of course But is it the whole truth I know boys who are as striving to be nice and perfect as much as girls from Saujani examples I know men who were taught to play it safe and don t even dare to try something bold I know women who don t give a damn what others would think and go for things they want in what should be called a man s fashion As much as I liked this book because it resonated with me, despite the fact that I cannot relate to the reasons and explanations Saujani gives , I would love it to be about a person male or female striving to meet some illusive expectations rather than just girls overcoming the issues of a boy girl framed mindset, just because this way the book might have been helpful for many people.

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    No silencing or holding ourselves back or teaching our daughters to do the same it s time to stop this paradigm in its tracks Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani is one of the gem of the books I ve come across in my lifetime This is an authentic take against gender discrimination and sexism which is deftly baked in our culture It is a powerful insight which redefines bravery and makes us follow our true dreams This amazing read written by Reshma Saujani is is divided into three parts Part 1 highlights how perfection is ingrained in a culture and how this cult is making the lives of young girls difficult everywhere Part 2 redefines bravery it makes us rethink what actually is perfection Part 3 talks about the ways we can genuinely accept our flaws and flubs and provides us with methods to lead a bold and joyful life It frees women from the moratorium place on them in which to be liked or be damned to hell is the lesson taught everyday and it destigmatize this all or nothing game of perfection.Amazingly written with various examples and contemporary references, this book will make you learn that setbacks will not destroy, they will set you free It definitely helps girls and women of all ages to throw out the elusive carrot of perfection they are made to chew everyday.When I finally turned the last page of the book it left me with a sense of hope and accomplishment It made me feel complete in a certain way which is the best possible thing a book can gift you My Rating .5 5Thankyou harpercollinsin for sending across this amazing book

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    This book has something to offer women that struggle with trying to be perfect, saying no, and reaching for their goals Unfortunately, I do think that many women fall into at least one of these categories Many don t value themselves enough and are afraid of being judged harshly, embarrassed, or failing Those are the women that this book attempts to reach I thought it was a decent book for someone that is looking for some support in moving forward out of this type of life cycle Unfortunately, I did not find anything new in the book Of course, my education is in mental health, so I may be experienced in this area than some, but I also think that a lot of this just comes with time and life experience Therefor, I also think it may be useful to someone that is younger The last part of the book offers some helpful suggestions to people trying to break these habits, however some of it may be easier said than done and women should be aware that it will take not just bravery, but motivation and repetition of effort to effect the type of changes suggested I did have one issue with the book and that is that the author involves politics on several occasions At times I could see how it applied to what she was trying to say, but other times she just added it in because it is an interest of hers I feel that this might alienate women that have a different political view than she does I would suggest that there are plenty of women with opposing political views that the author might be able to help who would be turned off by the political aspect In addition, I found the book to be a bit too repetitive for my taste and took longer to finish than it should have I didn t think it was a bad book, but I didn t find it particularly interesting either However, if the subject interests you, go ahead and give it a try You may love it Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for providing me with a free electronic copy in exchange for an honest review

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    An outstanding personal development self help growth book about the ways men and women are cued to behave differently Women, so frequently, are encouraged to be perfect and when something can t be done in such a way, they shouldn t bother trying That leads, then, to not trying new things or developing their bravery muscle Saujani offers up some of the ways that bravery can be practiced and integrated and how to break away from those preconceived ideas of perfection.Short, succinct, and doesn t feel like a book made from a TED Talk It offers actionable steps, powerful insights, and tons of science social science research The voice is excellent and encouraging It was a reminder to not shut up in instances where speaking up or out would be of tremendous value Perfect for those who love DROP THE BALL or who are tired of cis white dudes leading the disruption in personal development Saujani is a woman of color, and her background is tremendously necessary in this space More to be said on the All The Books podcast

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    I think I would ve gotten a lot out of this if I fit Saujani s definition of a perfectionist fixed mindset, constantly worried what others think of me, a Type A Hermione Granger As of a Faramir blessed with an awesome father instead of Denethor , I didn t quite reap the full Brave, Not Perfect experience of empowerment.Which is not to say I didn t benefit from the read Having Saujani s concepts and assertions to push my own experiences against allowed me to closely define how my own drive toward perfection behaves in my life And reading what motivates her and other Hermione Granger perfectionists to push themselves toward bravery regret, jealousy, competitiveness offered me the opportunity to realize that my motivations will have to be something else entirely Even looking at some of her strategies to cultivate a bravery mindset affirmed that the ways I ve worked to enlarge my life since adolescence are solid, beneficial approaches.But this was definitely a case of Learn How Different You Are than Learn How You Too Can Change Your Life I m an enneagram 4, so you d think I d be rolling in that special snowflake ness like a cat in catnip, buthonestlyI could really use some help with the type of perfectionism I do experience.It didn t help that a lot of Saujani s statements about the source of perfectionism in women, women s right to claim their truth, and how her readers, too, can achieve greatness through bravery were very black and white and riddled with logical holes and inconsistencies Instead of focusing on what she was advocating, I kept getting snarled in what wasn t being said Or cited in the Notes I mean, sure, maybe we should rethink how we raise our girls, but do we really think raising them like our boys is the solution Doesn t the way we raise our boys cause problems of its own And, yes Claim your truth, ladies But don t think that your truth gives you the right to stop hearing others truths, too And it s fantastic that so many women have found that bravery has led them to creating amazing non profits and opening new chapters of successbut isn t that still focusing on the end goal instead of the process of being brave I think Brave, Not Perfect will leave many, many readers with an awakening sense of their own power and a roadmap for fully inhabiting their own lives, but for those of us outside Saujani s template or those less moved by the pathos of her encouragement there s a lot less here I will certainly take the insights I ve gained and see whether I can turn them into weapons in the neverending battle against my own perfectionist demons, and there are a few strategies I can put into immediate action Take On a Physical Challenge Trust Yourself Review, Reassess, Realign , but the hunt for advice that speaks to my Faramir type perfectionist continues.

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    Not that great read but it holds interesting ideas I didn t liked or accepted all concepts within this book but it intrigued me Why do women tend to overthink things Why do they tend to think about others and their feelings than themselves Why do they think about hurting other s feelings than being honest and being forward Is it truly how girls are raised or is it just biology Women need to be brave and move forward, raise their voices and their opinions, support other women and fight the war

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    I have to say this book really irked me The premise of this book is fantastic in theory The author s writing and layouthorrible Like most Liberal female non fiction writers, the author writes women as victims The author omitted several facts regarding women leaders, entrepreneurs and even employees moving up the corporate ladder and or starting their own business, which is supported by studies The author also omitted the statistics of the rise of women as head of household or MBAs.This author had an important book to write She had a book to write that applauded the work we have done that also addressed work that needed to be done As a STRONG Libertarian woman, I believe that we encourage others by a hand up While I think this was the author s premise, she failed in delivery My general perception walking away from this book was it was a disappointing Ted Talk that I would have rolled my eyes at while I was walking out of it Unfortunately for me, I signed up to review it, so I was in it for the long haul Did I skim a majority of it Yes, I did, but it was necessary because the book irked me to no end.

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    Thank you to NetGalley, Currency, and Reshma Saujani for an ARC ebook copy to review As always, an honest review from me Like A self help business book for woman without being overly technical or dry She launched Girls Who Code and ran for political office Gives a voice to all the things that so many women experience Love Incredibly relatable That bravery is a muscle the you use it, the stronger your bravery muscle will be The author s voice writing style professional, authoritative, but relatable and kind The message that its okay to not be liked, because those just aren t your people The quote In a world full of princesses, dare to be a hot dog Dislike Wish that There were a few practical examples of how to be brave on a day to day basis The book was longer Overall, a very powerful, relatable book that every woman needs to read Even if you think you re brave, I think you will find many elements of value in here A book I m going to be referencing again and again.

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    Reshma Saujani is the founder and CEO of Girls Who Code I wasn t familiar with her, her organization, or her apparently uber popular TED talk.Saujani is an interesting woman I respect her willingness to be honest in this book, especially about her own pretty big failures And I admire anyone who can pick herself up after a major defeat and find a way to move forward and rise above.Her message is simple but powerful Women are under an enormous amount of pressure to act and be perfect physically, emotionally, socially, and the list goes on These expectations are ingrained in girls from birth, and most never fully feel free of them There were many parts of this book that resonated strongly with me The desire to be perfect holds us back in so many ways We don t speak up for ourselves, as we know deep down we should, because we don t want to be seen as pushy, bitchy, or just straight up unlikeable When we do speak up, many of us agonize and overthink how to express ourselves, trying to hit just the right note of assertiveness without seeming too bossy or aggressive We obsessively analyze, consider, discuss, and weigh every angle before making a decision, no matter how small And if we do, heaven forbid, make a mistake, we feel as though our world is falling apart Wow Yeah Exactly preachWhile Parts 1 and 2 did start getting repetitive and probably could have been condensed, I still liked her practical advice in Part 3 Some of my favorite tips Ask for feedback Listen and accept it Allow yourself to experience rejection Sleep Do the exact thing that scares you most Practice a small act of bravery every single day Recognize that your feelings of fear are false alarms about 99% of the time Intentionally practice imperfection Start small so you can tolerate the stress of it Don t waste time focusing on why someone doesn t like you Acknowledge that some people will get you and some people won t and allow yourself to be okay with that.Overall, I appreciate the message of Brave, Not Perfect It s affirming to hear someone acknowledge the weighty expectation of perfection and then show realistic, doable ways to move beyond it There s probably about a pamphlet s worth of valuable information in here, but I m still glad I read the whole book I will definitely be talking about this with my kids both daughters AND sons Big thank you to Currency and Vine for the ARC See of my reviews at