Living Brave: Oprah Winfrey

This is the very first of our Living Brave Interview Series! Courage is contagious and this series is a collection of conversations with people who are being brave with their lives and making me a little more courageous in my own life. I was so honored and excited to have Oprah as my first guest. Enjoy! 


  1. What a beautiful, in-depth interview with Oprah. Brene is exceptional at this type of work. Bravo!

  2. Two of the most courageous, vulnerable, amazing people on the planet. Love this interview, the openness and authenticity. They are so insightful and so generous sharing their wisdom and their failures (which are just there to inform you to take a different direction!)

  3. 11/23/2015

    Stunning and amazing! Thank you for inspiring me to tap back into my intention, be more curious, and to experience fullness and joy on my own terms!

  4. 11/23/2015

    Great interview! Thank you to Oprah and Brene! Women need great leaders to guide them to be brave, have courage, and remove the narratives that we put on ourselves. Thanks for the insight to sort through those emotions - you both are exceptional mentors.

  5. 11/23/2015

    I love what Oprah said about not just being a talk show host, but she became a student of life, other people's lives and how to live well. So true, and I think she has inspired so many more to be students of life as well. This interview was an awesome way to have my morning coffee. Thank you!

  6. Quite a breathtaking and humbling thing to witness Oprah Winfrey talk about shame and failure. Thankyou for this beautiful interview!

  7. Very Courageous! I love the inspiration from Oprah and Brene! Real Bravery and so composed in their interview. xoxoxoxo

  8. 11/23/2015

    Love, love, love! I think its so cool how Brene just soaks up every thing that people have to say. She has to be so easy to talk to. I just admire these two women SO much!

  9. 11/23/2015

    Thank you for all the yummy goodness you are putting out into the world. I am so thankful to have found you and for the incredibly thought provoking, life-changing content you are sharing. What am amazing interview with two amazing women. xoxo

  10. 11/23/2015

    Congratulations on launching this interview series! Great questions and insightful, thoughtful responses. I'm grateful for the honesty and the expression of shared humanity and struggle. It always seems so much easier to nod and agree with these things than to actually live the ideas. Looking forward to more and to a brave new year!

  11. 11/23/2015

    thank. you.
    20 minutes of power conversation I didn't see coming! Simple and wise. Brene's and Oprah's gifts infuse me with courage. Spine-tingling aha's popping all the way through. Must listen over and over to absorb and breathe, learn and share. thank you so very much.

  12. 11/23/2015

    What a great way to start my Monday! Very interesting interview.

  13. 11/23/2015

    Thank you Brene and Oprah. Just what I needed to hear today. I especially like the being Full of your worth and not being arrogant about it but owning it. That's fantastic. Love you both.

  14. Loved the interview. Lessons for today: Who are my truth tellers? Who are the people rooting for my rise? Mahalo <3

  15. 11/23/2015

    Can I say Resonate? Wow and Yes in every sentence of this conversation.

  16. 11/23/2015

    Love this so much! On the verge of some huge changes in my life and really benefitted from hearing Oprah say that failure was just being shown that there was a different direction. Thank You so much Brene for your work.

  17. 11/23/2015

    This is such a wonderful interview! Oprah IS a wonderful teacher/student, and it's this quality that has always inspired me to always keep my curiosity a fresh and growing thing. Brene', I completely agree with your comment about there not being enough stories of the fall and the struggle to get back up. I think we all see the 'finished product' and it looks so easy, so we are very hard on ourselves when we are in the midst of our own fall and struggle because we don't have that backstory we need to know that EVERYONE has a hard time. For me, it's much more motivating and inspirational when I read or see an interview in which someone speaks to their own '40 days in the desert' experience and the steps they took to get themselves to the other side of the suffering. Thank you, Ladies, this was marvelous!

  18. Are you kidding me?! Wow...what a stunning interview. Love your honesty ladies...I completely agree that not enough air time is given to the failures, face in the dirt moments...and the climb back up. Love you for sharing this. I am savouring "I work at being full. I want to be so full I have enough to share with everyone else" Oh that.

  19. 11/23/2015

    Thank you both so much for this conversation of teaching and learning, especially today when I needed to hear it. "You cannot live a brave life without disappointing some people...but that's ok because the people who are truly rooting for your rise will not be disappointed." Honestly perfect.

  20. Brené you are a great interviewer as you don't interrupt and show understanding and empathy in your eyes. The interview could have been much, much longer as it was over in a flash. I love Oprah's phrase "disease to please" I think it is inextricably linked with "what will people think" and "not good enough". I do think however that due to the power and need for connection it is a simplistic claim that people who are disappointed and ask don't care about your "rise". We are none of us islands, and our actions and decisions do impact on others. The power of your work Brené has given me much more awareness of my own shame triggers. The problem is that when we take the armour off to vulnerability, it hurts, but the armour we once wore no longer fits so there is no chance of putting it back on when we don't like what we learn about ourselves. London was a roller coaster of emotions for me at both ends of the scale. I would not have missed it for the world. I am very grateful to you and your work. Many thanks (@bubblyjo)

  21. 11/23/2015

    I have gotten so much out of watching Bren over the past year. Daring greatly means vulnerability.... we all have the leading rolls in our own lives and I cherish every minute. Turning 50 this year I was a mess, Oprah just hit the nail on the head by saying there aren't as many days to live and there were. So true.... I strive everyday to challenge myself through vulnerability and notice the sweeter side of life (ie: a simple "thank you", somebody holding the door open, etc....). What an amazing life we all have and am so lucky these two women are out there paving the way for our Souls to grow while we're here. :-)

  22. 11/23/2015

    Brene and Oprah, Thank You for demonstrating BRAVERY at it's best, so that other may learn and be encouraged to either begin or continue on their brave journeys. The interview was WONDERFUL, AMAZING, and INSPIRING! COURAGE at it's best!

  23. 11/23/2015

    Correction..."others may learn"

  24. Oh how I loved this interview. So inspiring - both of you. I'm a fan of your work Brene! Thank you.

  25. 11/23/2015

    LOVE, LOVE , LOVE these beautiful souls. I'm so excited for the class, got my books over the weekend, and am ready for the learnin!!

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