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
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
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.