Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder

Category: Book
By (author): Saujani, Reshma
Subject:  BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Women in Business
  SELF-HELP / General
  SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Success
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
Publisher: Crown Business
Published: February 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 224
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*New York Times bestselling author and Girls Who Code founder/CEO inspires us to discover the power of female bravery.

Do you run yourself ragged trying to not just do it all, but do it all flawlessly? Do you lose sleep ruminating over small mistakes or worrying that something you said or did might have offended someone? Have you ever passed up a big opportunity - a relationship, job, or a personal challenge - for fear you wouldn't nail it right away or look foolish trying? For you, is failure simply not an option?

You're not alone. As women, we've been taught from an early age to play it safe. Well-meaning parents and teachers rewarded 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. Meanwhile, boys were encouraged to speak up, get dirty, take risks and get right back up again if they fell. In short, boys are taught to be brave, while girls are taught to be perfect.

As a result, we grow up to be women who are afraid to fail. And as too many of us eventually learn, when we hold ourselves back for fear of not being good enough, of appearing less than perfectly together, or of making the wrong choice, we tamp down our dreams and narrow our world, along with our chance at happiness.

But it doesn't have to be that way. In a book inspired by her popular TED Talk, Reshma Saujani shows us how to break free from the trap of perfection and rewire ourselves for bravery. Because while chasing perfection may set us on a path that feels safe, it's bravery that leads us to the one we're authentically meant to follow. Bravery gives us the power to claim our voice, to leave behind what makes us unhappy, and go for what sparks in our souls.

Drawing on hundreds of interviews with girls and women from across the country, stories of fearless women changing the world one brave act at a time, and her own personal journey to accept her imperfections, Saujani shares an array of powerful insights and practices to make bravery a lifelong habit. By being brave, not perfect, we can all become the authors of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.
Review Quote*"I love this book! A timely message for girls and women of all ages: perfection isn't just impossible but, worse, insidious.  The prose is so clear, so honest - you feel like you're sitting across from Reshma sharing stories." -Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania and New York Times Bestselling author of Grit
  
"The perfect is not just the enemy of the good; the pressure to be perfect is the enemy of girls around the world. In this courageous, convincing book, Reshma Saujani shares a bold vision to free girls-and women-from the shackles of social expectations." -Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS, GIVE AND TAKE, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
 
"For any woman who has ever thought to herself  "I just can't..." or "I'm just not...," this eye-opening book will help you showing up every day as brave, not perfect changes how the world sees you, but more importantly, how you see yourself - and what you are capable of. This book is great reminder that having the courage to stare your mistakes and your imperfections in the face is one of the most overlooked sources of power." – Amy Cuddy, Harvard lecturer and Bestselling author of Presence
Biographical NoteRESHMA SAUJANI is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Reshma was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She's been named a Fortune 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, and one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World by Forbes. She is the author of three books, including Women Who Don't Wait In Line and the New York Times Bestseller Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World. Reshma lives in New York City with her husband, Nihal, their son, Shaan, and their bulldog, Stanley.