155 episodes

We’re all imperfect. On this podcast, founder of The Resilience Project Hugh van Cuylenburg, his good friend Ryan Shelton, and only one of their brothers, Josh van Cuylenburg, talks to a variety of interesting people who vulnerably share their own struggles and imperfections, or expertly pass on their wisdom on the subject of imperfection. Whether it’s in The Vulnerabilitea House, The Academy of Imperfection, or with our very own psychologist, Dr Emily, The Imperfects are here to find some valuable takeaways we can all apply to our own imperfect lives.

The Imperfects Hugh van Cuylenburg, Ryan Shelton & Josh van Cuylenburg

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 2.9K Ratings

We’re all imperfect. On this podcast, founder of The Resilience Project Hugh van Cuylenburg, his good friend Ryan Shelton, and only one of their brothers, Josh van Cuylenburg, talks to a variety of interesting people who vulnerably share their own struggles and imperfections, or expertly pass on their wisdom on the subject of imperfection. Whether it’s in The Vulnerabilitea House, The Academy of Imperfection, or with our very own psychologist, Dr Emily, The Imperfects are here to find some valuable takeaways we can all apply to our own imperfect lives.

    IMPERFIX: Imposter Syndrome with Hamish Blake

    IMPERFIX: Imposter Syndrome with Hamish Blake

    Imposter syndrome and self doubt aren’t necessarily things you think when you think of Australian comedian Hamish Blake. However when Hamish visited us for a VulnerabilTea House in season 4, that’s exactly what came up.

    In this episode of The IMPERFIX, we revisit  a vulnerable moment where Josh shared his very real self doubt about his role on the show. This evolves into a beautiful conversation about the self doubt we all feel in the work we do, and culminates in Hamish dropping one of the greatest analogies of all time.

    To listen to the full episode with Hamish Blake, follow this link:  https://link.chtbl.com/IppXW33h


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    • 10 min
    Sean Turnell - A Prisoner’s Guide to Life

    Sean Turnell - A Prisoner’s Guide to Life

    Imagine being falsely imprisoned, in a foreign country, where you barely speak the language, during a military coup, with no guarantee of a trial (fair or otherwise) and no idea whether you’ll ever be allowed home? 

    That's what Australian economist Sean Turnell lived through for 650 days, when in 2021 he was arrested during a military coup over-throwing the democratic government of Aang san Suu Kyi.

    Sean is a remarkable person and a brilliant story teller who radiates positivity. In this episode, he describes in horrifying, and yet often beautiful, detail his ordeal in the Myanmar prison system.

    Through Sean’s story we get a unique perspective…and a shining example of how resilient the human spirit can be.

    To watch this full episode on YouTube, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3Jts7nD

    To purchase Sean's book, An Unlikely Prisoner, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3TMyFlJ

    To purchase Kylie Moore Gilberts book, The Uncaged Sky, mentioned in this episode, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3TMbNCV

     
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    IMPERFIX: Jamila Rizvi on Living with a Brain Tumour

    IMPERFIX: Jamila Rizvi on Living with a Brain Tumour

    In 2018, writer, author & change advocate Jamila Rizvi was met with horrible news. She was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour and needed surgery. In this episode of The Imperfix we revisit Jamila’s story; the tumour and its varied complications, the surgeries and how Jamila and her husband communicated the news to their son. 

    Jamila is an all round wonderful human being and this is an incredibly moving episode. You can hear the entire chat with Jamila here: https://link.chtbl.com/bDiv0AY-

    This episode includes a discussion about disordered eating, if you or someone you love is experiencing disordered eating, we recommend the following organisations:


    The Butterfly Foundation https://bit.ly/48YCSZe
    Eating Disorders Families Australia https://bit.ly/3TLU7J5
    Uncovery https://bit.ly/3x4IOCO

    The Imperfects is not a licensed mental health service and is not a substitute for professional mental health advice, treatment or assessment. The advice given in this episode is general in nature, but if you’re struggling, please see a healthcare professional, or call lifeline on 13 11 14.
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    • 23 min
    Elizabeth Day - The Me-est Version Of Me

    Elizabeth Day - The Me-est Version Of Me

    We’re not sure if podcasts can date. But if they could we would want to date Elizabeth Day’s podcast - ‘How to fail?’. (A proposition Hugh awkwardly put to Elizabeth in the final moments of the show).

    This conversation covers a lot of ground. Elizabeth vulnerably discusses her journey through infertility, IVF and her eventual decision to stop fertility treatment; we explore the role exercise and strength training can have in reclaiming one's connection to their body; Ryan and Elizabeth bond over a love of reality TV; and there’s much much more. It’s fair to say there was a lot of chat and a lot of love in the room for this one.

    Elizabeth Day is a Journalist, podcaster and author. The podcast ‘How to fail’ is a brilliant (and wildly successful…ironically) pod that shares intimate conversations with guests about their experiences with failure. And we couldn't recommend it any more highly.

    You can find links to Elizabeth’s podcast, her books and everything else she is doing here https://bit.ly/3VCnSNE.

    To watch the full episode on YouTube, follow this link: https://youtu.be/b01GMVnoRuk 

    We encourage you to visit your local bookstore to purchase any of the books mentioned in this episode, but you can also find them here.


    Friendaholic - Elizabeth Day https://bit.ly/4a7PzCk.
    Strength to strength - Arthur C Brooks https://bit.ly/3VCaZTD

    And you can listen to our episode of The Imperfects with Pat Cummins here: https://link.chtbl.com/o_uN8l_H

    This episode discusses fertility treatments, miscarriage, grief and acceptance. If these topics feel like too much for you to hear right now, please revisit this episode when you are ready.
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    IMPERFIX: Truth vs Harmony with Dr Em

    IMPERFIX: Truth vs Harmony with Dr Em

    In this episode of The Imperfix we revisit one of our most popular episodes ever and in it, a topic that is very close to Hugh, Ryan and Josh’s respective bones. The ongoing battle of Truth vs Harmony.

    Do you choose to live truthfully? Or harmoniously? And what does that even mean? And how does living ‘truthfully’ or ‘harmoniously’ affect us and the people around us?

    To listen to the full Truth Vs Harmony episode, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3IW3gbw

    To listen to Hamish Blake's Imperfects episode, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/IppXW33h

    And to hear the follow up bonus episode, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/MkZXfc8yThe Imperfects is not a licensed mental health service and is not a substitute for professional mental health advice, treatment or assessment. The advice given in this episode is general in nature, but if you’re struggling, please see a healthcare professional, or call lifeline on 13 11 14.
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    • 18 min
    Gary Barlow - The Pain Behind The Pleasure

    Gary Barlow - The Pain Behind The Pleasure

    Very few people have experienced Gary Barlow’s level of success and fame. He’s the lead singer of the nineties British pop band Take That, he’s won 6 Ivor Novello Awards for song writing & composing, sold more the 50 million albums and filled stadiums of screaming fans across the world! But despite all this, as we’ve come to learn, he’s one of the nicest, most genuine people going around.

    In this episode, Gary shares his experience of rising to such fame, and what happens when he lost it.

    He opens up about the devastating burden of jealousy between him and bandmate Robbie Williams, his journey with disordered eating, the loss of his daughter Poppy and the love of his life, the one constant through it all - his wife.

    So sit back and pour yourself a cup of vulnerabilitea, this is a big one.

    To buy tickets to Take That’s upcoming tour of Australia and New Zealand visit: https://bit.ly/3INExGA.

    To watch this full episode on YouTube, follow this link: https://bit.ly/4crzmJT

    To hear Ryan’s episode on shame & jealousy, mentioned in this episode, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/D_21alUg

    To hear Hamish Blake’s episode on his friendship with Ryan & Hugh, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/IppXW33h.

    To listen to Gina Chick’s episode, follow this link https://link.chtbl.com/Ginachick.

    The Robbie Williams documentary is available on Netflix: https://bit.ly/493WWta.

    For film recommendation ‘Salt Burn’ follow this link: https://apple.co/3x3GvQp.

    To purchase your own set of Vulnerabilitea House Cards, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3PBFlkR

    If you or someone you love is experiencing disordered eating, we recommend the following organisations:


    The Butterfly Foundation https://bit.ly/48YCSZe
    Eating Disorders Families Australia https://bit.ly/3TLU7J5
    Uncovery https://bit.ly/3x4IOCO

    This episode with Gary Barlow includes a discussion about disordered eating and a conversation about a child who was delivered still born. If this feels like too much for you right now, please come back to this episode when you're feeling ready.The Imperfects is not a licensed mental health service and is not a substitute for professional mental health advice, treatment or assessment. The advice given in this episode is general in nature, but if you’re struggling, please see a healthcare professional, or call lifeline on 13 11 14.
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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
2.9K Ratings

2.9K Ratings

Great podcast, Big Clanger ,

Dr Louise Newson

As a GP myself, I greatly enjoyed this podcast and videos to you guys for highlighting such a complex and to an extent hidden women’s health issue. Big Clanger at the end when you describe her as “ just a GP” though. So many GPs are doing extraordinary work..

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Blows me away every episode

I reluctantly started listening to an episode b/c; over an hour, 3 white guys, blah blah. Tapped play & cannot stop ✊🏻

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Comforting chats

The lovely Gary Barlow has been a wonder introduction to this podcast

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