- Title: ‘Brave, Not Perfect’
- Author: Reshma Saujani
- Genre: Non-fiction, motivational
- Published On: February 5, 2019
- Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers
- Content Trigger: Swear words
- My Rating: 5/5 stars
*NOTE: I am extremely grateful to Harper Collins Publishers for sending me this book. However, this does not at all hinder my honest opinions regarding the book. This is a spoiler-free review. All opinions are solely mine.
“None of us is a finished product; we are all works in progress.”
~ Reshma Saujani, ‘Brave, Not Perfect’
‘Brave, Not Perfect’ by Reshma Saujani is a book aimed at empowering women of all ages and restructuring the thinking that we are fed with from the very beginning.
First of all, the cover and the title! Oh my God, I can’t appreciate them enough! I love the fact that the title itself and the way the cover is designed are symbolic of the boldness that the author inspires women to instill in themselves.
This book gives a beautiful yet loud and clear message to everyone, inspiring all females to embrace their imperfections and flaws and freeing themselves from the shackles of perfectionism. So many of the women today put their care below everything else and feel like they are meant to not disappoint anyone.
Being a big supporter of women empowerment, I believe that this book is for every girl out there who fears that she might not be well-heard in society, for every woman who has left behind all her dreams to fulfill those of others, for every guy who thinks women are incapable of achieving any or all things.
This book is divided into three parts namely, ‘How Girls Are Trained For Perfection’, ‘Brave Is The New Black’, and ‘Kiss The Perfect Girl Goodbye: The Path To Being Brave’. The first part explains how exactly this vicious idea of perfectionism is instilled in us and how we learn it. The second part talks about the importance of getting out of this perfectionism trap and being braver than ever before. The third part tells how we can bring out our bold and fearless selves and how we can help other women find their ways out of the malicious forest of perfectionism.
There are many things about this book that won my heart. Firstly, I love the fact that throughout the book, the author maintains the relatability that connects the readers with her. She tells how she, too, has had moments where instead of appreciating her own efforts she has went ahead to find the follies in them. Secondly, the author has backed most of her statements with scientific researches and views of psychologists which makes it easier for the readers to believe the statements without a hint of doubt. Also, this book is full of examples and instances that most of us have experienced or have seen others experience. This makes it all the more easier to connect with the author and understand the depth of her words.
I consider this book to be a complete guide to how and why we need to focus on excellence more than perfection, bravery more than failure.
I recommend this book to literally every woman out there. Definitely to those who feels like they are trapped in the web of perfectionism and to those who know that they are not. Be it the help we need or the help we should offer, this book lets us know all about being brave and not perfect. This book is also for all the males out there who can understand how everybody needs to be “brave like women”.
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