Brave, Not Perfect

About the Author: Reshma Saujani

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national non profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology and change the image of what a programmer looks like and does With their 7 week Summer Immersion Program, 2 week specialized Campus Program, after school Clubs, and a 13 book New York Times best selling series, they are leading the movement to inspire, educate,

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  • Hardcover
  • 208 pages
  • Brave, Not Perfect
  • Reshma Saujani
  • 20 December 2018
  • 9781524762339

Brave, Not Perfect In A Book Inspired By Her Popular TED Talk, New York Times Bestselling Author Reshma Saujani Empowers Women And Girls To Embrace Imperfection And Bravery.Imagine 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 Costs.There 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 Shine.The 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 Happiness.By 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 Follow.In 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. Netta 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 r...

  2. MANVI NARANG says:

    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 o...

  3. Kristie says:

    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 t...

  4. Kelly says:

    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...

  5. Asma says:

    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...

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  7. Kim says:

    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 cat...

  8. Amanda (Books, Life and Everything Nice) says:

    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 h...

  9. Lorilin says:

    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 repetitiv...

  10. Morgan says:

    I was so excited to read this book when I initially got it The title hooked me, and the summary was right up my ally This book was a spectacular disappointment and I m so sad First things first this book claims to talk about how young women are trained to be perfect and not brave it does that but it does so without addressing socioeconomic status, race, and a myriad of other issues that impact the ways in which the desire to be perfect manifests For example as a black women I already know that both my being a woman AND being black impacts my prospects of moving upwards in pretty much anything So yes I am a perfectionist by nature but it is out of necessity that I am perfect I am not afforded the chances to fail in the same way that other women are allowed to fail From there the book discusses championing other women but what happens when you champion everyone, but others don t get on board I saw this a lot with the women s march It was supposed to be for ALL women, but it basically centered on white feminist...