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Interviews & Videos Brené Brown in Video, Audio, and Print

  • Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home
    by Leigh Newman

    Can't wait! 

  • Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    Einstein's God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit
    by Krista Tippett
  • The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone---Especially Ourselves
    by Dan Ariely
  • Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up
    by Harriet Lerner
  • Rhythm And Repose
    Rhythm And Repose

    Tender and beautiful. 

  • Boys & Girls
    Boys & Girls
    by Alabama Shakes

    Love this album! So happy when I saw BrainPicker post this on her site! 

  • City of Refuge
    City of Refuge
    by Abigail Washburn

    Pure magic!

  • Some Nights
    Some Nights
    by Fun.
  • She Ain't Me
    She Ain't Me
    by Carrie Rodriguez

    I'm such a fan. 

  • I'm Your Man
    I'm Your Man
    by Leonard Cohen

    Take this Waltz is on my top ten list of all songs!

  • Babel
    by Mumford & Sons
  • Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)
    Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (Original UK Unedited Edition)

    So totally addicted to this series! Absolutely amazing!

  • Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    Zen: Vendetta / Cabal / Ratking [Blu-ray]
    starring Rufus Sewell

    Based on your recommendations from a recent blog post! It's another wonderful BBC mystery series! 

  • The Good Wife: The First Season
    The Good Wife: The First Season
    starring Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi

    One of the best shows on TV. Juiliana Marguiles is incredible. 

  • Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    Doc Martin: Collection - Series 1-4
    starring Martin Clunes, Caroline Catz, Lia Williams, Stephanie Cole, Ian McNeice

remember when we did this?

Our perfect protest was the best EVER! 

I just want y'all to know that it still brings me so much joy! 

When I'm feeling fearful, I watch this video and read these - they make me smile. I watch Joy Tanksley's video response to our protest. Every comment, picture, and video makes me braver. They help me remember that I'm not alone!   

I think it's time for another Wholehearted revolution. Stay tuned! 

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Reader Comments (31)

THANK YOU!! My toes are tapping ... my heart is full!
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I missed this the first time around! I'm sure that it would have been a frustrating process for me to make my placard, because I would've had to do it over several times, just to get it right!! Call it my OGM syndrome or perfection, I was definitely a wannabe perfectionist. Now that this video has cured me I can hold my head up high! Thanks.
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
I remember it! I loved it! :)
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCheri
I REALLY need this today. This is, in fact, exactly what my heart needed. How'd you know!? ;)
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole
I remember! I can't wait to see what's next. :)
02.16.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly
I love this, but it goes too fast to read the signs. Can you slow it down and repost? I want to show this to my 8th graders, but I can already hear the complaints lol.

Thanks so much!
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMargo
ABsolutely fabulous. I love it and love you and your messages. Have your "Authenticity" postcards right in front me at my desk.
I so need to remind myself of the gifts of Perfection and let go of all the rest. Thank you Brene,
I am not perfect, but perfectly happy.
I love, love, love this!! I too am beautifully, amazingly imperfect and loving it!! Thank you!!
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDottie
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary
I don't know that seemed pretty damned perfect! Thanks it was just what I needed.
02.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLori greene
Love it!!! I just submitted a letter to a scottish parliament committee about something I really care about (the lack of really great part time jobs) and I have been sooooo anxious about it - am I right to do it, was it written well enough and on and on and on. After having watched this I feel so much better - what does it matter, I did my best and that's more than enough (and that goes for my disseration as well!!!)
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllison
Great post. Today I really need this. Off to post my imperfect school assignment!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
That was a nice start to my day !
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAllison
This has been very helpful! Since I missed it the first time around I appreciate you posting it again! It was exactly the mindset shift that I needed as a wannabe perfectionist. ;)

It does go a bit fast, though. But I was fine by pausing frequently. Thanks!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichael
Great way to start a day. I feel my best when I remember I don't have to be the best. Thank you for the reminder and for the opportunity to share with other people in my circle (friends, family and clients) who pine away for perfection!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGlenda
This is awesome - but yes it does go waaaay too fast, was hard for me to read all the beautiful signs and posters, so would LOVE a slowed-down version that allows readers to read & process these powerful words! Thanks!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKatia Millar
I loved it! Can you slow down the time between pictures, hard to read them all!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue
Love the message. I agree with the other commentors who said the frames go by too fast. I can't read them before they change. Anyway to slow them down a bit? Thanks and love your work. You've definately made a positive impact on my life.
02.17.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjo
I agree that some of the pictures are too fast to read. However, I do think its sort of funny-ironic that on a video about not being perfect, we're complaining that the video isn't perfect. :)

Seeing this video yesterday totally helped get me out of the funk and anger I'd been feeling. Some of the work I'm doing centered around the Gifts of Imperfection is forever changing my life. Thank you!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKari
What a FABULOUS video! Thanks for picking up my overcast Friday afternoon. : )
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCat
This is great, love it!!!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristy B
Oh, I cannot WAIT to see what's next. I love it when you get creative and communal on us!
02.17.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmalia
Brene writes: I think it's time for another Wholehearted revolution. Stay tuned!

Thanks Brene, I now can't get that damn ketchup commercial-song out of my head (Do you remember it?)....Anticipation, it's making me's keeping me waiting...Hurry or I will have to keep singing it and stop thinking about vulnerability...*wink*
02.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterFin
This makes me emotional in the very best way. I am on a personal perfection protest mission, and this video makes me feel so supported!
02.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Needed that! Thank you......
02.21.2012 | Unregistered Commentercolleen attara
My grandparents were Victorians. They got married in the year 1900. My grandfather wanted all of his family to be perfect and made his 7 boys and 2 girls strive for that. My mother was the younger girl and all of her life if anyone at all criticized any member of her family she'd interrupt with, "But you just don't understand..." an give some "reason" that what her family member did was exactly right.
Poor mother. She knew she wasn't perfect. Since she lived in an otherwise perfect family that must have been so difficult. She tried to make my sister and me be perfect too.
When I had a daughter I determined not to do that to her, and lo and behold, even though she wasn't and isn't perfect she gets closer than I did. She's a Critical Care Transport Paramedic. She was a Firefighter when she was in her early 20's, along with being an EMT. Now she has completed Police Academy in the top five in her class, in a contest divided by tenths of a point. She could do all that because she never was pushed to be perfect. She could make mistakes, try different things, fall and get up. If she'd had to be perfect maybe she'd have been the way I was...afraid to move or strive because I might not have been "good enough."
02.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCookie
Love it. I am going to borrow my favorite one, and add a new mantra to my life: "I'm not perfect, I'm Jen." And I wouldn't want it any other way! Thanks for a lovely reminder of our own truth.
02.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJen
What a great video!
02.21.2012 | Unregistered CommenterRanchgurl
Whoa! Yes, I agree with numerous other posters - it goes WAY too fast. I'd love to be able to read the signs. Only managed to read a few. Also slowing it down would create less frenetic energy - which I would think goes more with the imperfect message.

Or not.

Good idea though!
02.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara
I hope I am as bad-ass as your mom in that red convertible when I am her age!
02.29.2012 | Unregistered Commenteranne
I love the video and especially the Ingrid Michelson song that accompanies it!

If you are looking for other "perfect" songs to use, try searching iTunes for Perfect by Zach from his What I Meant to Say album.

Brene, I saw you speak at the Ohio eTech conference and have just finished your book, The Gifts of Imperfection. Thanks for the role model and guideposts. I will work on embracing imperfection!
03.5.2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

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