Stop Playing Safe

Today’s culture of fear is constantly bombarding you with reasons to play it safe. Where is it keeping you living too safely; not taking the very actions that would help you enjoy greater self-confidence, success and fulfillment? This fully updated version of Stop Playing Safe challenges you to ‘rethink risk’, back your boldest goals and seize the opportunities that lay beyond your safety zone.

“In today's play-it-safe culture this is a must-read for anyone who wants to take smarter risks that elevate themselves and others to higher ground. ”

Marshall Goldsmith, 

Thinkers50 World#1 Executive Coach & Leadership Thinker

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About The Author

From surviving an armed robbery to crossing the Sahara desert, Margie has had to ‘find her courage’ many times since growing up on a dairy farm in rural Australia. Today, she draws on her diverse background in business, psychology and coaching to help people engage in more courageous conversations and make their unique mark in leadership and life. A mother of four teens, Margie’s work with organisations from NASA to the UN Foundation is fuelled by her passion to create a better, braver and more equitable world. A regular contributor to leading media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal and Today Show, Margie has also been a guest lecturer at Georgetown, Columbia, SMU and Monash Universities.

  • Chester Elton

    It’s the risks we don’t take that we regret the most. Stop Playing Safe will give you the courage to do more, experience more, and regret less. Read it. Apply it. Reap the rewards of a braver life.

    Chester Elton

    Best-selling Author of The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude and Anxiety at Work

  • Rebecca Heino

    Stop Playing Safe provides a roadmap to navigate uncertainty and find the courage to create meaningful changes in your workplace, career and life.

    Rebecca Heino

    Professor of Management, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University


    In today’s play-it-safe culture, this is a must-read book for anyone who wants to take smarter risks that elevate themselves and others to higher ground. If fear of failing or falling short has ever held you back, this book is for you. Buy it. Read it. Take the leap!


    Thinkers50 World #1 Executive Coach & Leadership Thinker

  • Jon Gordon

    Adapting to change and taking chances are critical to your success. This book will help you with both. Get it, read it, enjoy the results!

    Jon Gordon

    Best-selling Author of The Energy Bus and The Seed

  • Maya Hari

    Creating a better world requires courage. Stop Playing Safe gives you a roadmap to take the bold action required to move ahead in a world where uncertainty and acceleration are equal realities. If you’re looking for an inspired step forward in leadership and life this book is a must read!

    Maya Hari

    Vice President, Global Strategy & Operations, Twitter

  • Siimon Reynolds

    Margie is a true expert on the science of success. Her new book is both inspiring and practical. It’s a powerful manual for creating the life of your dreams.

    Siimon Reynolds

    Best-selling Author of Why People Fail

  • Bill Treasurer

    Stop Playing Safe is more than a book; it’s a reference guide for living a full and courageous life. It’s one of those rare books that is at once original, inspirational and above all, useful. Margie Warrell is a leading voice in the courage building movement and Stop Playing Safe proves that too much safety can be a dangerous thing.

    Bill Treasurer

    President, Giant Leap Consulting and Author of Courage Goes To Work

  • Dr Gordon Livingston

    Margie Warrell provides powerful and practical advice for overcoming our innate fear of risk and vulnerability. It bears reading and re-reading for all who strive to become their best selves.

    Dr Gordon Livingston

    Author of Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

  • Randy Gage

    One look at the title of my last book, and then this one, should tell you why I like it! Stop Playing Safe will help you harness the courage to take the risks that make sense — and give you the success you want.

    Randy Gage

    Author of the New York Times Best-seller Risky Is the New Safe

  • Suzi Pomerantz

    Practical, powerful and inspiring. In uncertain times, it’s a guidebook you absolutely must read as it spells out exactly how to handle your challenges and find the confidence to speak up and get ahead in the new economy. Everyone in your company should read it!

    Suzi Pomerantz

    Best-selling Author, Master Coach, and CEO of Innovative Leadership International

“Your desire for safety will always pull against your desire for growth.

Margie Warrell