Brave Over Perfect: A Full Life Beyond Anxiety & Depression | Susie Rinehart | TEDxBoulder

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Women have never been more successful. They have also never suffered more from anxiety and depression. Before the diagnosis of a rare tumor wrapped around Susie Rinehart’s brainstem and vocal cords, she won several acclaimed ultramarathons at the Masters level. She was good at striving for goals and checking off achievements. Then she found out she was going to die young and without a voice. She wrote down how she wanted to move forward: “I choose joy over fear and brave over perfect.” This is her uplifting story of losing, then finding her voice in all its power. Susie Rinehart is an award-winning author, champion ultrarunner, a mom, and a brainstem tumor survivor. She began writing her Brave over Perfect blog from her hospital bed and quickly became an inspiration to those individuals and groups facing adversity. For 23 years, she was a teacher, school leader, and director of a professional guiding organization in 14 countries. Susie is now a personal coach helping others to find joy and ease in life, work, parenting, and love. Susie’s forthcoming memoir, Brave over Perfect, is a powerful meditation on how to let go of perfectionism to risk living your best life. She is also a big champion of girls education globally, and sits on the board of Starfish: Her Infinite Impact. She lives with her husband and children in Boulder, CO. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Eleanor Shannon says:

I just ordered your book and watched this video. Feeling so much gratitude for the beautiful ways you are sharing your own healing experience (both physical and psychological/emotional/spiritual). An inspiration for sure. Hoping to get back to Boulder and give you a hug sometime later this year!!!

EEExchange says:

Thank you for sharing your story and insights into helping us all live a more present, connected, and engaged life. Many blessings!

Rhea Wong says:

Susie is and has always been a shero. I've known her for over 20 years and she continues to surprise and inspire me!

marinusvg1 says:

Such a simple but beautiful message. I treasure your words and will endeavour to incorporate them into my life. Brave is so much better than perfect. x

Veni Vidi Amavi says:

love this one!! so short but powerful!!

SweetE1403 says:

This is powerful!!! I really like her message.

Debbie Farquharson says:

Susie this is beautifully delivered. Your message is worthy, clear and precious. Thank you for putting yourself out there, and doing this ted x

5 flapjacks says:

I would say the most important thing a person should do here on earth, is have a saving relationship with Jesus. Life on earth goes by quickly, soon the grim reaper comes by for a visit. If Jesus is your savior, no problem, eternal life awaits you…We take nothing with us when we die except what we do for Jesus and His Dad. Treasures in heaven never run out…This lady is a true inspiration. And much can be learned from her…But don't forget developing your relation with Jesus in your life…..If you need some teaching on Jesus stuff, the bible teaching site, teachingfaith com has a series titled, 'change of mind'..30+ free streaming videos, can greatly help you as they did me.

melissa rich says:

It was so good to watch this again. First live and now here. YOU are my new motto.

Aaron Stark says:

So good!! It was such a pleasure watching you speak

Liz Marasco says:

So inspiring. Thanks for sharing your incredible story.

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