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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
    • 4.9 • 38 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.

    Lael Stone - Parent Yourself First

    Lael Stone - Parent Yourself First

    To look after our loved ones, we need to start by looking after ourselves. And according to parenting expert Lael Stone, that means looking back and showing compassion to our younger selves.In this b-b-b-bonus summer episode we’re very lucky to have Lael back for a third time (her previous episodes are linked below) as we prepare for a new year with new challenges. But don’t worry. You’ll be ready for anything after an hour with Lael Stone.

    To learn more about Lael and her work, follow this link: https://bit.ly/46RXZvg

    To learn more about Lael's school, Woodline Primary, follow this link: https://bit.ly/487YAKj

    To hear our first two episodes with Lael, follow these links:


    Lael Stone - Take Care of Yourself: https://link.chtbl.com/Laelstonetakecareofyourself
    Lael Stone - Creating Emotionally Intelligent Humans: https://link.chtbl.com/Emotionallyintelligenthumans

    To hear our episode with Gina Chick, mentioned in this episode, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/Ginachick

    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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 53 min
    Mrs Claus - Santa’s Better Half

    Mrs Claus - Santa’s Better Half

    Heads up: Mrs Claus is VERY close friends with comedian, Urzila Carlson. As such, this Special Christmas Episode is definitely not appropriate for kids.Last year, we were honoured to sit down with the one and only Santa Claus as he joined us in The Vulnerabilitea House. A big thank you to Glenn Robbins for organising that interview for us! Link below if you missed it.This year, Hugh, Josh and Ryan meet the woman who claims to be the brains behind the operation, Mrs Claus (or is it Ms Claus?). In a very busy time of the year for her, she generously picks a few cards from the Vulnerabilitea House card deck and shares what really goes down behind the scenes on… The Pole.The Imperfects will donate all ad revenue from this episode to Urzila Carlson's charity of choice, Women’s Refuge. They are New Zealand's largest nationwide organisation that supports and helps women and children experiencing family violence. If you'd like to know more about the charity, or make a donation, follow this link: https://bit.ly/41lUUTd

    To watch this full episode on YouTube, follow this link: https://bit.ly/48fzwlf

    To see Urzila Carlson live in 2024, follow this link: https://bit.ly/46RdhAnTo listen to last years Vulnerabilitea House episode with Santa Claus, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/santaclaus. Or to watch it, follow this link: https://bit.ly/41or14A

    To listen to Urzila's podcast, That's Enough Already, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3RDowb6

    To purchase our Vulnerabilitea House card sets, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3PBFlkR
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 32 min
    Dr Emily - Merry Not-Enoughmas

    Dr Emily - Merry Not-Enoughmas

    For some people, Christmas Day is the most wonderful time of the year. But for others, catching up with friends and family at this time of the year can lead to pain and sadness and as Dr Emily describes it, an overwhelming feeling of “not-enoughness”. In this special bonus episode, Dr Emily explains where this feeling comes from and why it pops up year after year. But as always she gives us some helpful advice on what we can do to address it and feel a little less alone this Christmas.So from us to you, on this Season Finale… Merry Not-Enoughmas.To find volunteering opportunities through Australian Volunteers, or Seek Volunteer, follow these links: https://bit.ly/41kiTSv & https://bit.ly/3NmkbXl

    For anyone in WA, you can also find group activities and volunteer opportunities through Act, Below, Commit, by following this link: https://bit.ly/3uYD3W0

    For book recommendation, The Stress Prescription, 7 Days To More Joy and Ease, by Elissa Epel, follow this link: https://bit.ly/47OjU81

    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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Chanel Contos - Consensual Healing

    Chanel Contos - Consensual Healing

    Dear Men,Please listen to this episode about consent and rape culture. Hugh, Ryan & Josh xOn the face of it, this Academy of Imperfection with Chanel Contos may seem like a heavy episode. An episode about consent, rape culture and sexual violence might not seem like an episode that concerns you. That may be true, but if the #MeToo movement taught us anything, it’s that you probably know someone who’s either been raped or sexually assaulted in some way. We have a lot to learn about consent, and we owe it to the women in our lives to listen to Chanel Contos.To learn more about Chanel, her work and the Teach Us Consent campaign, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3QVhlK0

    To purchase Chanel's book, 'Consent Laid Bare', follow this link: https://bit.ly/40Z0XghRecommended TV series, Sex Education and Heart Break High can be viewed on Netflix. 

    To view a version of the 'rape culture pyramid', follow this link: https://bit.ly/49XPFgh

    If you have experienced, or are at risk of sexual violence, sexual assault, family or domestic violence, call the 24 hour national counselling service 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). In an emergency, or if you are feeling unsafe, always call the police on 000.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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Gina Chick - Don't Fight Life

    Gina Chick - Don't Fight Life

    Gina Chick grew up… different. She wasn’t like the other kids, and they let her know about it. But as an adult she learned to see her “different” as a strength, which led to her most well-known achievement, outlasting everyone else for 67 days in the Tasmanian wilderness to win ALONE Australia. But as you’ll hear, that’s only a part of her story - as is the fact that she’s very close friends with Hugh Jackman.After going through some of the lowest lows a human can experience, Gina learned the power of discomfort and is here to spread the word in our very first ever outdoor episode! To learn more about Gina, her rewilding camps and 5Rythyms dance, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3QRnkzq

    To watch Alone Australia, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3Rd3m3This episode includes a discussion about the loss of a child, if this feels like it might be too much for you to listen to right now, feel free to come back to it when you're feeling up to it. 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.
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    Hamish Macdonald - How To Be You

    Hamish Macdonald - How To Be You

    As co-host of The Project, Hamish Macdonald has seen and done more than most journalists could ever dream to achieve in their entire career.Before The Project and a stint hosting ABC’s Q+A program, Hamish worked and reported around the world from war zones to natural disasters, winning a bunch of prestigious awards including a coveted Walkley Award in the process.But as he discusses with Hugh, Ryan and Josh, he’s also faced bullying throughout his life, whether that be from students during his high school days, or from online trolls during his Q+A days - a challenging experience that drove him to leave social media forever.This open and honest chat covers it all, and turns out to be a pretty handy, albeit accidental guide on How To Be You.To listen to Hamish's new podcast, Take Me To Your Leader, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3ukzpph

    To listen to our episode with Missy Higgins, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/missyhigginsTo listen to our episode on stress and burnout with Dr Emily, follow this link: https://link.chtbl.com/howtostressless

    To listen to Josh's song, We Were Here, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3Zyg3bG

    To read article recommendation, Why The Internet Isn't Fun Anymore, follow this link: https://bit.ly/3FZGnTh
    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

rebecca taylor BECKY ,

Grateful

To Josh, Hugh & Ryan. Thank you for all the laughs and brilliant guests and episodes. I’ve taken away so much but the most is how listening to you makes me feel. Which is uplifted with a massive side of laughter.

Having lived interstate and now abroad from Melb for my whole adult life people often don’t understand my humour. I find this podcast so uplifting and I’m often caught in the car laughing along with you. I might play it to peeps here in the UK maybe then they’ll get our Aussie (Melb) humour. Recommended to me by Aussie Expats Facebook page here in UK, thanks to the legends who mentioned it.

Wha109264 ,

Love it

I can’t believe I’ve only just discovered this show. I’ve listened to two episodes and so much has resonated. Brilliant work fellas, keep it up!

Nickname1234132 ,

Excellent ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is so helpful for me - I feel a lot less different anytime I hear Hugh talk but coupling with the humour of Ryan and their chemistry.. this podcast is a must hear for me week now!!

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