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! 

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  1. I came across Brené Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability" in a Ph.D. Organizational Leadership program five years ago. I've been hooked ever since. When I started the Organizational Leadership program, I shared that I wanted to be transformed. I had no idea what was in store for me and the rest of my colleagues. "The Power of Vulnerability" was a huge part of that transformation for me on a personal level. Needless to say, it has truly been a tranformational journey the last five years with Brené Brown's books and now CourageWorks.

  2. 08/20/2016

    it's hard to embrace my imperfections when I work hard as a medical provider to explain, educate, follow evidence-based medicine and am dissed on yelp when I have not provided what a patient want or feels is needed.

  3. Beautifully spoken and heartfelt - thank you!

  4. 08/04/2016

    That was a terrific interview. I loved the questions and of course Oprah's responses. She truly exudes something special-I guess I really don't have the words for it. My new favorite quote- "Failure informs you to move."

  5. 07/31/2016

    Such an inspiring moment with Oprah. I have been a fan for years. This just reminded me why. So much of my growth has come through resources provided by Oprah on OWN, in the O Magazine and the Oprah Show.

    She struggles with the same things that I struggle with and I just connect with what she shares. Her truth resonates deep within me. Thank you.

  6. Such a great and honest duo talking about hard topics! It's inspiring to watch such vulnerability with two very brave souls! Thank you

  7. <3 this immensely...such deep truth and wisdom. Thank you both!!!

  8. 06/15/2016

    I am inspired by you both. I struggle for the words to describe how I feel about you as women, as leaders and as soul-searchers. You inspire me to be brave. Your real and down to earth way of speaking to each other and to your audience is a much needed breath of fresh air, compounded with a heavy dose of honesty and bravery. I consider you to be two of some of the greatest women of our time. Brene, I look forward to seeing you in Colorado in November at Mile High! Oprah, I may never have the pleasure of meeting you personally or seeing you in person, but know you have my greatest respect and admiration. Even when it's tough, I hope you both keep on doing what you do, because what you do is extraordinary.

  9. I can admit that I have never had much interest in listening to Oprah while she was hosting the Oprah Winfrey show. After watching this video, I believe I have missed out on information that could have been potentially uplifting and invigorating. From now on, both of these ladies will be my role models in life. Thank you Brene and Oprah!

  10. 06/05/2016

    Thank You for the Insight and I wanted to share my song "Deceived" to Encourage and for Helping Others to Heal and Believe that We can have a "Better Life" Thank You for Sharing. My Name is Debbie Price.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfzHtx73W08

  11. Brené and Oprah I struggle every day to come closer Venus and to finally belong to her like (I believe) you are. The love-goddess Venus was described by the Romans as "The brightest and most beautiful star in all heavens" - Thats you Brené and Oprah. All love to you <3

  12. 05/25/2016

    What a wonderful, heartfelt dialogue. Thanks

  13. 05/23/2016

    Have you seen this? https://vimeo.com/162401670 Fantastic musical tribute to Dr. Brown. Very inspirational. I love the lyrics.

  14. I SO appreciate this! These women...THIS wisdom...YES!! I am Inspired to aspire to be - to walk as - to be more my FULL self.
    THANK YOU!!

  15. 04/29/2016

    Being brave and being willing to open your "door" to vulnerability means allowing the stories of our lives to develop, mature, and change within and without. It is because of being so vulnerable in my early years and not knowing how to heal and grow that caused me to stumble. As I have loved and learned with maturity my susceptibility became less and ability to grow as I learned brought more wisdom than I could have believed would ever happen in my life. Brene and her work has inspired me, it fits and sounds and looks like me, and I am energized from learning I am not alone. People like Brene and Oprah and so many more...just like me and best of all...we are winners!!

  16. I just happened upon this video interview...a wonderful serendipity that has strengthened and uplifted me. I have loved Oprah for years and Brené is another special gift in my life. What a beautiful interview...what beautiful, strong, courageous women! Thank you both...

  17. This courage works, I watched this the night before I had to go into court and these words helped me keep heart and backbone in the face of some really rude people and a best friend. I spoke the truth with my head held high and tears streaming down my face, before now even undeserved shame would have sent me into the shadows but not that day. Thank you! xo, Tif

  18. Inspiring and heart-warming! I really resonated with the concept of failure being merely a signpost for a necessary change in direction!
    Thank you Brene and Oprah for living bravely! :-)

  19. I so appreciate the confidence with which Oprah shares her gremlins. And I appreciate that the questions Brene asks Oprah are the questions she asks those of us in this course. We are all in this together~

  20. 03/18/2016

    I SO enjoyed this interview, and feel so inspired by you both. It's just the 'boost' I needed - Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  21. Love, love, the interview and these two women who I so admire. The power of intention struck home for me since I am in a very fragile and vulnerable place in my life right now. The decisions I make will definitely affect my future, so I declare my intention. Hearing Oprah talk about a beautiful home, in beautiful surroundings, to match her beautiful spirit struck home for me. I may have to sell a home that I am very attached to and after hearing that, I now realize why. I'm afraid that if I don't have that home anymore, I will lose my spirit. I know that's not true; but . . . . Finally, I'm the same age as Oprah, and I relate to her statement about realizing that the time I have left is less than the time I have lived. So much wisdom in this interview.

  22. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE....I took notes with tears in my eyes....to watch two Masters that honestly are BOTH AMAZING TEACHERS and ALSO Practice being STUDENTS. They love learning and teaching and I LOVE them BOTH.....I feel SO Lucky to have gotten to listen to this....WOW Crazy LOVE for Brene and Oprah!! I want to have dinner with both of you....once a month!!hahaha

  23. ONLY just saw this interview now! WOW -thank you Brene!!I I agree The Oprah Winfrey show seemed to be the only platform where people could discuss failures, heartbreaks, plus ways of overcoming disappointments etc and was a global "school of life"!! Im so happy Oprah is continuing with Super Soul Sunday and OWN. I'm also very grateful to you Brene for sharing your research and breaking it down, clarifying emotions and issues and giving us better verbal tools to communicate .
    I'm loving this course and how you mix it up, ie. loved seeing this interview with Oprah too. What a collaboration - you two!!! thank you!

    I set the intention of meeting Oprah and that was fulfilled end of last year both in both Melb and Sydney when i met Oprah (before her ;An Evening with Oprah event) . and then how lucky was I ? -(shared with my 22yr old daughter, & other happy Aussies,) seeing you speak in Sydney Mar 2 Brene at the State Theatre! You were brilliant!
    Gratitude Gratitude
    loving learning and improving forever and excited to dig deeper

  24. hi, I can't get the video to go past minute 3:46- it just keeps freezing at that point. Can you help this?

  25. Thank you, Brene, for this life altering interview with Oprah. It did not disappoint but rather re-affirmed my personal direction in rising. Lately I have yearned for words of wisdom from someone in a similar arena as mine. I particularly appreciated her discussion of awareness at the age she is now - that at 62 (we are the same age - I am only 2 days older) she daily realizes she has less life to live (unless there is some DNA discovery) and she sits in that awareness with gratitude.

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