Welcome to my Live Brave Podcast!
This podcast was inspired by the many conversations I’ve had with people around the world who confided how often they let their doubts and fears hold them back from going after what they want or changing what they don’t.
You’ll not only hear my own hard-won wisdom, but insights and inspiration from world-renowned leaders, luminaries and incredible people on how to take those chances and make changes – in your career, relationships, leadership and life. People like General Stanley McChrystal, Steve Forbes, Harvard’s Amy Edmondson, Olympian Jacqui Cooper, Dr Phil… and many many more.
I hope each episode will embolden you to own your power, dial up your courage and live the biggest life you’re capable of living.
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SERIES FIVE: TAKE COURAGE!
EPISODE 117: KIRSTIN FERGUSON
Leadership is a series of moments requiring both head and heart
Leadership isn’t about position or title. It’s about the decision we make, moment by moment, to show up… with head and heart and be a force for good in the lives of others.
In my conversation with Kirstin, we discuss her new book Head & Heart and how you can be the leader the world needs you to be. We talk about staying self-aware (easier said than done!), being humble, having the courage to say sorry and to bring both your head and heart to making each moment better for others. No small task, but one we’re all called toward in some form.
EPISODE 116: AMY EDMONDSON
Psychological safety de-risks courage. Its absence puts everyone at risk
“Unsafe cultures endanger everyone,” says Amy Edmondson, Novartis Professor at Harvard Business School.
Amy and I unpack why courage and psychological safety are two sides of the same coin, and why fostering psychologically safe workplaces requires people to trust that the pay off for courage is worth the pitfalls.
Regardless of your position, making people feel safe to be honest and vulnerable with you – including sharing things you may not enjoy hearing – is vital for any meaningful relationship to flourish, personally or professionally.
Check out Amy’s book, The Fearless Organization
EPISODE 115: THE INTEGRITY DEFICIT
Do what’s right and clean up your slip-ups
You like to think of yourself as a person with integrity, right? Yet, doing what’s right is easier said than done. In a world where examples of poor character are easy to find, it’s easy to rationalize cutting corners or telling “little white lies”. However, we often underestimate the cost of compromising what we know, deep down, is the right thing to do.
This episode is a siren call to the highest angels of your nature, guiding you in cleaning up any fractures to your integrity, in your relationships and in your life. If you want to move forward lighter, more rooted to your deepest values and guided by your True North, listen up then lean in to level up how you’re running your life. Doing so will spare you a considerable amount of mess down the track.
EPISODE 114: GENERAL STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL
What we get wrong about risk that makes us more vulnerable
Stanley McChrystal spent his military career navigating the real and deadly risks of combat, finishing a four-star General in Afghanistan overseeing 147,000 soldiers. He has walked the path of courage in ways most of us never will, concluding that the greatest source of risk lays in us – in how we identify, assess, respond and learn from risk.
We cover a lot of ground in our conversation – from the need for more moral courage in leaders today to raising resilient kids.
If you want to navigate risk better and lead smarter, this episode is for you.
EPISODE 113: WE ARE ALL RESPONSE-ABLE!
Reclaim the power you give to your circumstances, blame and excuses
This episode is inspired by chapter one from my book Find Your Courage: The Courage To Take Responsibility
The quality of your life directly correlates to your willingness to own your experience of life and resist the temptation to blame others or pity yourself. We live in a culture that encourages people to feel powerless and operate from a victim mindset. Yet your greatest power lays in taking full and compete ownership for your life. Sure, you cannot always choose your circumstances, but you always get to choose your response.
In this episode, I unpack what it really means to be responsible for your life and challenge you to stop making excuses and justifications for what’s not working. Taking responsibility is not always comfortable, but it’s absolutely essential for living a truly rewarding life.
Margie’s other books can be found at www.margiewarrell.com/books
EPISODE 112: IT’S TIME TO TAKE COURAGE!
The hidden tax we pay when we let our deepest fears eclipse our highest values
Let’s face it, if it were easy to be brave with our lives – to lean into our fears, choose ‘courage over comfort’ and lay our pride, ego and vulnerability on the line, more of us would. Truth is, our deep seated fears often keep us from taking the very actions that would help us create more rewarding lives. In this new series, I invite you to step back and consider where and how you’re being called to step up and ‘take courage’ even as that little voice in the back of your head urges you not to.
If you need a little encouragement right now, you’ve landed in the right place!
I’ll be sharing insights from my first book Find Your Courage (McGraw Hill, 2009) throughout this series. Check out this book and all my books at www.margiewarrell.com/books
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SERIES FOUR: LEAD BRAVELY
EPISODE 111: THE COURAGE DEFICIT
The hidden tax we pay when we let our deepest fears eclipse our highest values
It’s easy to criticize those in leadership roles for their lack of courage. Yet before we can change the world around us, we must first look at the world within us and reclaim the power we so often give to our fears. So as we close out one year and look toward the next, I invite you to think about where you may be letting your deepest fears keep you from moving toward the bravest vision and honoring your highest values. This podcast invites you to reflect on three key questions. Whatever your answer, I hope that you will move in that direction. Your future is riding on it.
Act as the person you aspire to become
Every trait you admire in others also resides in you. Yet, it’s easy to tell ourselves the lie that we have to first have more resources outside of us before we can become the person we’d most like to be.
Not true. Deciding how you will show up for life right now is the most powerful way to become the person you eventually want to be.
In this podcast, I invite you to start acting like the person you want to become and look after yourself as the would. There is no more powerful way to live life than by intentionally deciding how we will show up regardless of our situation or our setbacks.
If you are feeling anything but fully positive and powerful in how you are showing up, take a listen.
EPISODE 109: DECISIONS
This or that? How to make better, braver decisions.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. Every day you make hundreds of decisions. Some large, many small. Yet too often fear – conscious and unconscious – keeps us from making the decisions that would serve us most – in our careers, relationships and lives. Left unchecked, fear of what might go wrong can drive us to make short-sighted, reactive, overcautious decisions that limit our lives in ways we often cannot see in the moment. So whatever challenges you are facing right now, take a listen and then make the best decision you can. One year from now, you will be so glad you did.
EPISODE 108: SHEDDING SHAME
Step out from the dark shadow of shame and reclaim your worth
In this podcast, I dive into the dark shadows in which we carry shame that disconnects us from others and keeps us from living our best and bravest lives. As I share one of my most significant experiences with shame, I explain how ‘shame stories’ are not the truth, yet they warp our perception and shape our reality. Over time, they can keep us stuck in self-sabotaging patterns that disconnect us from all that is lovable in ourselves and good our lives. If you have any area of your life in which you hold secrets or feel “less than”, then this podcast is for you.
EPISODE 107: ARE YOU LEARNING WHAT LIFE IS TEACHING YOU?
How to grow into the person you were born to become
If your life was a Grand Masterclass, what lesson would it be teaching you? In this comeback podcast, I extend three invitations to transform what tests you the most into your most profound opportunities to learn and grow into the person your life is calling you to be. Beware – your fear and pride are pulling in the other direction. Please rate and review!
EPISODE 106: RORY VADEN
Multiply your time to magnify your influence
Time is a finite resource so learning how to multiply your time is a game-changer. In my conversation with Rory Vaden, New York Times bestselling author of Take the Stairs and Procrastinate on Purpose, we unpack how you can allocate your hours in the day in ways that create more time for what you love most and what makes the biggest impact for others.
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER 8
Back Yourself – Don’t wait to feel brave … take the leap!
You are what you repeatedly do. And what you repeatedly do profoundly shapes the environment you create around you. So if you want to live a bigger, braver and more meaningful life you have to be really intentional. This starts with clearing out the ‘stuff’ that keeps you thinking small and creating an environment – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual – that sets you up to think bigger, act braver and thrive… no matter what. So how can you do that? In this episode I share practical strategies from the final chapter of Stop Playing Safe on how you can build the habits of mind and behavior that will help you bring your bravest self to your biggest challenges and highest goals more often.
EPISODE 104: VICTORIA LABALME
Dare to ‘risk forward’. What you want most is riding on it
Victoria Labalme draws on over 20 years in the performing arts to help awaken the inner genius that lives in all of us. In our conversation, she shares insights from her best-selling book Risk Forward to help you embrace not knowing and take the very risks you need to move forward to creating a career and life you love.
EPISODE 103: DAVID MARQUET
Leading by intention can take you from ‘worst to first’
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STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER 7
Lead Bravely – Cultivate a culture that fuels courage, not fear
Research has found that the biggest predictor of high-performing teams is psychological safety; that is how safe people feel to speak up, share mistakes or ask for help. Yet creating a ‘culture of courage’ is not just relevant to organizations, it’s relevant to each and every one of us in every sphere of life. When people around you feel safe and encouraged to be open, honest, and to engage in candid conversations, it not only helps them to achieve more but it creates an environment in which everyone is able to bring their bravest selves to their biggest challenges and boldest goals. So whether you’re a leader of many or just trying to lead yourself to higher ground, this episode will help you become a more inspiring ambassador for the world (and family, and community and workplace) you want to live in. It draws on the three-part framework for leading more bravely and cultivating a ‘culture of courage’ outlined in Chapter 7 of my book Stop Playing Safe.
- Grab your copy of Stop Playing Safe here
EPISODE 101: VERONICA TSEPKALA
A life in exile & standing up for principle, in Belarus & everywhere
Belarusian Veronica Tsapkala embodies the courage required to lead change in the most challenging of circumstances. Fearing political persecution in Belarus after her husband Valery Tsepkalo was denied registration in the 2020 Belarus Presidential election by President Lukashenko, Veronica was forced to flee her country. She has since become a passionate voice for democracy in Belarus. In our conversation, Veronica shares her vision for her homeland while calling each of us to be vocal in standing up for the principles and the freedom we can so easily take for granted.
Find out more about the Live Brave Women’s Weekend, Feb 25-27, 2022
It’s always a good time to be braver with your life
EPISODE 99: ROBERT GLAZER
Learn how to fail well and stop believing everything you tell yourself
How often do you risk failure? Chances are it’s not near as often as would be serving you. As I discussed with entrepreneur Robert Glazer, the difference between winners and losers lies in how they win and how they lose. Our tendency to over-personalize failure keeps us from taking the very actions that would help us fail forward and succeed faster. If you’ve been holding back from trying something new, or particularly attached to your comfort zone, then please listen up!
EPISODE 98: AJ VADEN
Find your ’super power’ and use it to serve (and solve problems!)
My conversation with AJ Vaden, co-founder of the Brand Builders Group, explores how each of us can share our unique gifts and express our one-of-a-kind brand of brilliance most powerfully in the world. In sharing her own journey of discovering her unique ’super power’ AJ has learned how each of us can find within ourselves everything we need to build our reputation for solving problems in ways that no one else can. If you sometimes wonder if you’re on the right path or want to step more fully into your unique purpose and power, you’ll enjoy where our conversation takes us.
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER SIX
Embrace Setbacks – Transform adversity to rise to higher ground
Life is full of stressors – situations that have the potential to trigger a neural highjack and send us into a downward spiral of negative emotions. In this episode, I share the steps from my SOAR approach detailed in Chapter 6 of Stop Playing Safe to rising above those situations that too often pull us down and keep us responding to our challenges more constructively and with greater clarity, calm and courage.
EPISODE 96: CHESTER ELTON
Why making gratitude a habit helps keep overwhelm and anxiety at bay
My conversation with Chester Elton, bestselling leadership author explores how you can curb overwhelm, manage anxiety and live more gratefully. It’s a conversation rich in laughter and practical strategies you can use to become more of the calm, centered and big-hearted person you aspire to be.
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER FIVE
Learn, Unlearn & Relearn – The thinking that got you here won’t get you there
We all like to think that our way of viewing the world – and the people, problems and possibilities in it – is the right way. In fact, we all have what’s called a ‘confirmation bias’ that drives us to look for evidence to support our existing beliefs and behaviours and ignore or discount those which contradict them. Yet only when you are willing to say “I don’t know” or “I could be wrong” and to actively seek out alternative perspectives that challenge your own best thinking can you unlearn what you think you know and relearn what you need to know. So if you keep finding yourself struggling with the same problems or you feel like you’re not achieving the results you want, maybe it’s because you’re operating on an outdated or incorrect mental map. In which case, this episode which draws on Chapter 5 of Stop Playing Safe is for you!
Grab your copy of Stop Playing Safe here
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER FOUR
Speak Bravely – Embrace the discomfort of crucial conversations
The quality of your relationships is determined by the quality of the conversations you have in them. But often the conversations we most need to have are those we least want to have – too uncomfortable, too awkward, too risky. In this episode, I will share with you a few of the strategies I’ve written about in Chapter 4 of Stop Playing Safe to help you speak up about the issues that pull you down so you can resolve conflict faster and enjoy far stronger relationships with others than you ever would otherwise. So if you’re feeling any degree of frustration, tension or stress in any relationship right now, this episode is for you!
Grab your copy of Stop Playing Safe here
EPISODE 93: DR TIMOTHY R CLARK
You can do hard things… in a human way
In this episode, I interview leadership consultant Dr Tim Clark who shares his four stages framework for building psychological safety and doing the hard things that leaders must do in a very human way. We unpack the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of connecting from both heart and head, embracing vulnerability and giving candid feedback. And so much more!
More about Tim and his book The 4 Stages of Psychological Safety here
More about the Live Brave & Thrive Weekend here
EPISODE 92: DANIEL GADE
A wounded warrior’s lesson on turning your greatest challenges into your highest growth
Daniel Gade spent a year in hospital after losing his leg while serving in the US Army in Iraq, yet, he is by no means a victim. Rather he is a passionate advocate for helping wounded warriors to thrive. His life story (which is far from over) holds a powerful lesson on actively choosing how you will show up for life, regardless of the circumstances you find yourself in. In a period of history when so many people are almost encouraged to operate from a victim mindset, Dan is testament to the principle that we are the creators of our own destiny and that those experiences which test us the most can ultimately shape us in the most positively transformative ways.
More about the Live Brave & Thrive Weekend here
Dan’s book Wounding Warriors is available at www.woundingwarriors.com or Amazon.
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER THREE
Be Trustworthy – Align bold action with right action
None of us are immune to cutting corners, justifying little white lies or taking the more expedient path even when we know, deep down, it’s not the right one. Clearly, no one sets out to damage trust yet the little decisions we make every day can undermine the trust we build in our relationships. When people can truly trust you – your character, competence and commitment to doing what is right over what is easy – it changes everything. It’s why grounding yourself in a foundation of integrity is so important to being able to discern the right course of action and to build the ‘high trust’ relationships required for you to truly thrive and succeed in every domain of your life. In this episode, I break down my four pillars of trust model from Chapter 3 in Stop Playing Safe. I hope it will not only help you be a more ‘trust-worthy’ person but also to become a braver one; willing to take the harder actions in those moments when it matters most.
Grab your copy of Stop Playing Safe here
EPISODE 90: PATRICK LEDDIN
Step up. Show up. Press on – no matter what.
Let’s face it, if it were easy to accomplish big things, more people would be out there, pushing boundaries and risking failure. But as I discussed with Patrick Leddin, author of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge, it’s who you decide to be when plans go awry that makes life meaningful and makes the biggest impact on others. From parachuting into trees to running canceled half-marathons and climbing Kilimanjaro, in this podcast we discuss how you can find the inner grit to step up, show up and push on, no matter what.
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER TWO
Lean Towards Risk – The odds are better than you think
Have you ever looked back and wished you’d been braver? Of course, you have. It’s because we humans are wired for safety; to focus more on what we could lose than on what we could gain – to steer away from short-term risks and toward whatever shores up our sense of security. But at life’s end, most people regret far more the risks they didn’t take than those they did. In this podcast, I share some of the research from Chapter 2 of Stop Playing Safe – why you need to embrace the discomfort that living your best life ultimately requires of you and the value of daring to lean toward risk… taking the very actions your fear would sooner you didn’t.
Grab your copy of Stop Playing Safe here
EPISODE 88: MELANNE VERVEER
Women in Afghanistan and why empowering women benefits everyone
Ambassador Verveer was the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues and is the Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Our conversation began with discussing the urgent action required to address the immediate needs of women and girls in Afghanistan to protect their future. Our conversation then moved on to the importance of building collective will to advance the social and economic empowerment for women, the need for male allies and applying a gender lens to “building back better” from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sign Petition to Biden Administration to honor the commitment to Afghan women and girls
Georgetown University Institute for Women, Peace & Security
Margie’s Women’s Day Forbes Column
EPISODE 87: KEVIN CASHMAN
Get on purpose to use your gifts for maximum good
My conversation with Kevin Cashman, 6x author and co-leader of CEO and Executive Development at Korn Ferry was as far-reaching as it was profound, most notably when Kevin shared his near-death experience in 2020. We dived deep into what it means to live ‘on purpose’ and how you can apply his 3G framework to lead yourself and others through this stormy time anchored to a deep and compelling Why. Listen up! This interview holds deep wisdom for us all.
STOP PLAYING SAFE: CHAPTER ONE
Know your why – Decide how you will measure success
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a catalyst for many of us to step back and reassess our lives; what we are doing with our time and talents each day and why it matters.
In Chapter One of Stop Playing Safe, I share my four-part framework for getting ‘on purpose’ so that you can develop your greatest strengths in a way that is most meaningful to you and makes the highest degree of contribution for others. If you’ve been feeling stuck, or just ho-hum, taking time to get really clear about how you want to measure your one and only precious life can forever alter its trajectory.
Grab your copy of Stop Playing Safe here
EPISODE 85: WELCOME TO SERIES 4
Intro to Series Four
Welcome back to my fourth series of the Live Bravely Podcast. After taking an extended ‘leave of absence’ I’m excited to be back with this brand new series focused on supporting you to show up in the world as the biggest bravest person you have it within you to be.
I get that some people see the word leader and tune out. If that’s you, please don’t. The truth is that every one of us can be a positive force for good in whatever circles we’re spinning in… which is what leadership is all about. So as you look toward the future beyond this pandemic, I hope the interviews and insights I share in this series will encourage you to step into your power more fully and be the kind of person (and leader) others want to be around.
Please check out the wholly revised edition of Stop Playing Safe: How to be braver work, leadership and life.
SPECIAL EPISODE: DR PHIL MCGRAW
EPISODE 84: DR PHIL MCGRAW
Mental health, reentry fear & building confidence to ‘get back to life’
As we look forward beyond this pandemic, I enjoyed a deep dive conversation with Dr Phil about its impact on mental health, irrational fear and building the confidence to ‘get back to life’. We covered a lot of ground, from removing the stigma around mental illness and the long-term impact of social isolation to how we can help our kids build self-esteem and confidence by better managing our own fears and mental wellbeing.
SERIES THREE: FINDING COURAGE IN TOUGH TIMES
EPISODE 83: A CHAPTER CLOSES
Your problems are not the problem
After years of derailed plans to return to my children in the USA, I am finally moving back to America. Recorded the day before leaving Singapore, I reflect on the power of embracing problems as opportunities to build our muscles for life. If you’ve had plans derail in 2020 or are feeling weighed down by your own problems – worried about the future and unsure how you’ll handle it – this podcast is for you.
EPISODE 82: ANDREW KAP
Does the law of attraction really work?
The over-simplification of the Law of Attraction (LOA) has given it a bad rap in recent years. So whether you’re a confirmed LOA fan or its biggest cynic, you’ll enjoy this conversation with Andrew Kap, the bestselling author of The Last Law of Attraction Book You’ll Ever Need To Read.
- Andrew’s book: The Last Law of Attraction Book You’ll Ever Need To Read
- You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself
- My online Reset Your Life Compass Coaching Program
EPISODE 81: DOTS CONNECT BACKWARD
Trust that everything works out in the end (… it’s not the end yet!)
When plans derail and you find yourself in circumstances you’d never have chosen, it’s easy to fall into self-pity, fear or blame; feeling like life is working against you. In this podcast, I share news of moving back to the US after years of twists and turns. I encourage you to keep faith that life is working for you, even when you cannot see how; that you will eventually “live into the answers” as dots only connect looking backward.
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EPISODE 80: DR PAIGE WILLIAMS
Build your ‘Anti-Fragility’ to stand strong no matter what life throws at you
As 2020 has disrupted the normal flow of life, it’s also taught us to embrace the uncertain, the unplanned, and unwanted that life throws at us. But this is easier said than done. Today’s conversation with Dr Paige Williams, author of AntiFragile, provides actionable science-backed advice to help you become anti-fragile, including how to get more comfortable with the uncomfortable and why challenging your shoulds is vital to thriving in tough times.
Learn about Paige’s book AntiFragile: www.drpaigewilliams.com/book
Take the AntiFragile survey: www.theantifragilesurvey.com
Life Compass Course: www.resetyourlifecompass.com
EPISODE 79: LIFE IS HAPPENING FOR YOU, NOT TO YOU
Look for the silent invitation your hardships hold
Life doesn’t happen to you, it happens FOR you. Recorded when I was fresh back from two months overseas, this podcast will inspire you to reframe your biggest challenges so you can turn them into your greatest gifts and growth.
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EPISODE 78: TURIA PITT
Living a happier life, even in hard times
Turia Pitt is living proof that with the right mindset, anything is possible. Since suffering severe burns to over 85% of her body during a 100km ultramarathon, Turia has gone on to become a bestselling author, two-time Ironman and humanitarian. Enjoy my conversation with Turia as we discuss her new book, Happy and Other Ridiculous Aspirations.
More about Turia and her new book at TuriaPitt.com
EPISODE 77: START WITH WHO
Decide who you want to be regardless of your circumstances
Every attribute we admire in others also lives in us. The good news is that who you decide to be is entirely within your control. Confidence, courage, optimism, gratitude… these are all muscles you can strengthen with practice. So, in times when it’s easy to let problems define us, it’s vital to be deliberate in defining ourselves; identifying the power virtues of the person we want to be and then practicing them daily.
EPISODE 76: STAND GUARD ON YOUR ENERGY
Beware emotional vampires
Taking 100% responsibility for the energy you let in and the energy you put out is always important. But, in the midst of challenging times, when we are feeling fragile, we have to be even more vigilant about the energy we let into our emotional space.
For more on how to deal with emotional vampires, you can read this blog.
EPISODE 75: BRONNIE WARE
Lessons from life’s end: How to avoid the greatest regrets of the dying
My illuminating conversation with Bronnie Ware, a former palliative care nurse who wrote The Five Regrets of the Dying, will help you reframe your challenges and look at your life through a larger lens, helping you to find the courage to step beyond the fears that keep you from living the life you truly want, and not the one others expect of you. More about Bronnie Ware at bronnieware.com
EPISODE 74: SHARE YOUR TRUTH
Social connection bolsters emotional resilience
In the midst of difficulty, we often want to ‘mask up’ or pull back from the people around us. Yet research shows that people who have strong social support not only bounce back faster from difficult times but are also strengthened by the strength of their relationships. In this podcast, I share why reaching out and asking for help is not a sign of weakness but a sign of courage.
EPISODE 73: EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY
On the other side of uncertainty lays possibility (and the Rockies)
We are wired for certainty so when life is uncertain, it’s innately uncomfortable and can easily trigger anxiety. Recorded on the eve of flying across the world amid COVID-19, I reflect on the importance of embracing uncertainty in the midst of an already uncertain time.
EPISODE 72: RECLAIM YOUR POWER
Don’t let your problems be your identity
Your hardships and heartaches may shape who you are, but they don’t define who you are. Only you get to define that. And therein lies your greatest power – to choose how you will show up and who you will be despite the circumstances of your life. In this episode, I share what I learned after being held at gunpoint in an armed robbery and soon after, losing my first child nearly five months into my pregnancy. If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by your challenges, take a listen.
EPISODE 71: JANINE GARNER
Manage your energy, own your brilliance, magnify your impact
My conversation with Janine Garner, author of Be Brilliant, will inspire you to stop selling yourself short and to start focusing your time, talents and energy on stepping fully into your own brilliance, regardless of what is going on around you.
Join me to reset your sights on your bravest future at my upcoming virtual workshop. Find out more here.
EPISODE 70: STAYING PRESENT TO LOSS
Sit with your sadness… it’s a wall between two gardens
Sadness is a natural response to loss. It holds the hidden gift of pointing us toward what truly matters most. Yet in the midst of loss, we often seek to numb the pain, push it down or distract ourselves from it. In this podcast, I share how I processed the grief of losing my youngest brother to suicide. If you are struggling with loss in any form, you may find healing in these words.
EPISODE 69: MARY BARRETT – MY NEIGHBOUR, FRIEND AND FELLOW COACH
Enjoy the unfolding as you let go attachment to how life should be
This week, I sat down in my own living room with Mary Barrett, a fellow coach, friend and neighbor. Mary shares her 18-year journey to fulfilling a lifelong dream of motherhood and we talk about not only why we must surrender our attachment to how we think life should be but why we should enjoy life’s unfolding in a spirit of curiosity and wonder. A perfect tonic for flagging spirits in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EPISODE 68: DON’T GET STUCK IN A MENTAL PRISON
What you focus on expands
In this podcast, I draw on a heart-wrenching moment with my brother as he processed the brutal news that he would never walk again after a life-changing motorbike accident. If you have found yourself dwelling on what you don’t want or can’t do, or what isn’t fair, this episode is for you.
EPISODE 67: WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE
Your words create your reality – for better or worse
Our language is not just descriptive, it’s also generative. The words we speak powerfully impact our experience of our circumstances. In this podcast, I share how to use language in ways that empower you to deal with your challenges with greater resilience, courage and optimism.
The suggestions I share are taken from my new book, You’ve Got This! More here
Check out my Courageous Conversations Masterclass here
EPISODE 66: DR JOHN DEMARTINI
Use your problems to live your purpose
World-renowned specialist in human behavior, Dr John Demartini unpacks the science of stress and shares how we can build resilience by finding meaning in our challenges – reframing obstacles as ‘on our way’, not ‘in our way’. If you want to find purpose in the midst of tough times and live in greater alignment to your highest values, take a listen! Learn about Dr John Demartini’s Breakthrough Experience program and work at drdemartini.com
Register here for my You’ve Got This! virtual workshop coming up on June 30/July 1!
EPISODE 65: MARGIE ON TOXIC POSITIVITY
Beware toxic positivity: It’s okay not to be okay
We live in a culture that can take positivity to excess – overgeneralizing be positive in all situations. Yet forcing ourselves to ‘choose happy’ in difficult situations denies our full human experience, keeping us from processing the harder emotions that are part and parcel of living a full, wholehearted life. In this podcast, I explain why the emotions we don’t own will own us and how sometimes feeling bad is the best thing you can do for yourself. Read my Forbes column here.
SERIES TWO: YOU’VE GOT THIS!
EPISODE 64:YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES FINAL
You’ve got this! Your Manifesto to trust more and doubt less.
In this podcast, I share with you my call to action – my Manifesto – to trust yourself more deeply and doubt yourself less often. It is also available in a printer-friendly version to pin-up so you can read it often. It’s during challenging times that trusting ourselves will lead us to higher ground. Download your copy at margiewarrell.com/ygt
EPISODE 63: *SPECIAL COVID-19 EDITION #3*
Finding purpose in this pandemic: Using this crisis to rethink, realign and reset
This pandemic has upended all our lives and left many of us feeling anxious, overwhelmed and ungrounded. In this podcast, I share my personal journey (so far) through this pandemic and how you can use this crisis as a catalyst to rethink how you’re ‘doing life’ and move forward more purposefully, aligned to your deepest values and highest vision.
Margie’s Reset Your Life Compass Course [Enter 2020VISION for 70% off until 15th May, 2020]
You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself
Make Your Mark: A Guidebook for the Brave Hearted
EPISODE 62:*SPECIAL COVID-19 EDITION #2*
Staying brave amid coronavirus chaos
Recorded during quarantine – with my husband in hospital with COVID-19 – I share powerful insights on how to become more grounded in your true strength and cope better with the swirl of emotions brought on by this seismic disruption to our lives.
EPISODE 61:*SPECIAL COVID-19 EDITION*
How to stay grounded in what strengthens you when fear looms large
Fear of the coronavirus pandemic has consumed the collective psyche of people globally. When so much is out of our control, we have to double-down on what lays within it. In this special edition, I share my personal stories and research from my latest book You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself on how you can stay grounded amid the uncertainty and channel your energy into what sets you up to weather this life storm and emerge from it better off. Click here to grab your copy!
EPISODE 60: YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES WELCOME
Welcome to the You’ve Got This! Podcast Series
Sometimes we have to be braver than we want to be – to defy our doubts and trust ourselves that “we’ve got this” even when we’re not sure we have. Learning to trust ourselves more deeply and defy the doubts that hold us back is vital for going after what we want in our life; for changing what we don’t and staying grounded in ourselves amid the uncertainty. I created this podcast series to reinforce the messages of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. I hope it emboldens you to trust yourself more deeply and doubt yourself less often. Click here to grab your copy!
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 1
Don’t wait for confidence: Begin before you feel ready
The fastest way to build confidence is to do exactly what you’d do if you had it. In fact, research shows that action precedes belief. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter one of my new book, You’ve Got This! The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 2
Doubt your doubts: Stop letting fear call the shots
None of us are immune to self-doubt. Yet too many of us let our doubts sit in the driver’s seat of our lives. Learning how to manage self-doubt is critical to building self-trust and realizing how little reason you have to doubt yourself to begin with. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter two of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 3
Dial up your daring: Be bold in the vision for your life
Nothing worthwhile is achieved with a guarantee of success. Yet too often we let our fear of not having what it takes to turn our aspirations into reality drive us to settle for less than the life we truly want to live. Connecting with the highest vision for our lives is an act of courage in itself. It’s also a prerequisite for living a life that truly lights us up (regardless of whether we land on the mountain top!). In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter three of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 4
Embrace your fallibility: Get off your own back and forgive your failings!
You’re not perfect, you never will be. But most importantly, you’re not supposed to be! In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter four of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself… my experience of getting off my own back and being a little kinder to myself and why embracing our fallibility liberates us to dare more, learn more and enjoy life a whole lot more in the process. You can grab your copy of You’ve Got This! here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 5
Strengthen your wings: Expand your capacity to soar
Resilience is not what you have, it’s what you do. It’s the times we feel too busy and burdened to take time out for ourselves – to reset, recharge and reconnect – that we need to prioritize it most. In fact, it’s the small little things we do every day that can make the most profound impact on our ability to thrive under pressures and soar over the problems that might otherwise pull us down. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter five of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 6
Use your gifts: Trust your talents and play to your strengths
All of us have a unique combination of gifts, talents, strengths, skills, personality and hard-won wisdom. Yet too often we compare our weaknesses with other people’s strengths and fail to hone our gifts for fear that we will be exposed to the world as inadequate. Daring to trust in your unique talents is the first step to stepping fully into your own brilliance. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts from chapter six of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 7
Stand tall in your worth: When you talk yourself down, you short change the world
Humility is a virtue yet too often we hide behind it because we’re afraid we aren’t worthy of what we truly want. In this podcast, I share a few of my Ten Commandments of Courage and why so many of us, particularly women, often struggle to own their worth and too often sell themselves short. All of which just short changes everyone around us. You can read more in chapter seven of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. Grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 8
Risk vulnerability: When you let fear call the shots, you sell yourself short
Genuine vulnerability is a form of power that gives us access to our true strength and forges stronger bonds in our relationships. Learning to risk lowering the masks we wear to protect ourselves, liberates us to experience a whole new dimension of joy, connection and fulfillment. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter seven of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 9
Choose faith over fear: A greater force has your back
Believing that a higher force is at work in our lives is a risk. Yet, it’s a risk worth running – one that can transform our very experience of being alive; emboldening us to face our challenges and pursue our highest aspirations from a place of faith and self-trust rather than from fear and self-doubt. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter nine of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 10
Find Your Uplift: Find people who will help you rise (and avoid those who don’t)
We’ve all heard the saying, you become the company you keep. Yet too often we spend time with people who only fuel our doubts rather than our confidence. In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter ten of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. I get underneath why we hang on to ‘habit friendships’ and what you can do to cultivate a community of people around you who will embolden your thinking and help you trust yourself more and doubt yourself less. You can grab your copy of You’ve Got This! here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 11
Surrender resistance: Embrace the struggle and transform yourself
When plans derail and you find yourself confronted by an unwanted new reality, it’s natural to rail against it. But letting go of your fight with ‘what is’ liberates you to refocus your energy on making the best of your new situation. So if you’re struggling right now with how life is, take a listen! In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter 11 of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
YOU’VE GOT THIS! SERIES: CHAPTER 12
Own your power: Lead the change you want to see
The biggest way we limit our power is by doubting it. Daring to trust that you are more powerful than you’ve given yourself credit for will embolden you to step up to the plate in your life and become the person you’ve always known you can be. If ever there was a time the world needed you to step up, speak up and be a positive change agent, it is now! In this podcast, I share a few thoughts relating to chapter twelve of my new book, You’ve Got This!: The Life-Changing Power of Trusting Yourself. You can grab your copy here.
EPISODE 47: MARGIE ON HOW TO STAY CALM WHEN OTHER AREN’T
Fear spreads faster than coronavirus: Staying calm when others aren’t
Fear is a potent emotion. Left unchecked, it can overtake our lives. Being in Singapore amid the coronavirus outbreak has given me an up-close and personal experience of how much faster fear can spread than any virus. In this podcast, I share five things anyone can do to stay calm and keep coolheaded when fear is overtaking those around them.
EPISODE 46: MARGIE ON RISKING REJECTION
Afraid of rejection? Stop over-personalizing rejection so you can risk it more often
Are you rejecting yourself before anyone else has the chance? Many do. Yet the most successful people risk rejection countless times throughout their lives. When it happens, they know it’s not personal. It’s just life. Accordingly, they refuse to misinterpret someone else’s subjective assessment of them to mean anything about their own worthiness. In this podcast, I will help you reframe rejection in ways that embolden you to risk more of it and, in doing so, set you up to succeed much faster – in your work, relationships, and life.
EPISODE 45: JACQUI COOPER
Champion Olympic skier’s hard-won wisdom on resilience & world-class comebacks
Jacqui Cooper is indisputably the greatest aerial skier of all time. Having represented Australia for over 20 years, Jacqui competed in 139 World Cup events, nine World Championships and was a key competitor in five Winter Olympic teams. Jacqui’s story is one of self-belief, passion, triumph, tragedy and the ability to overcome adversity against the odds. If you’ve ever struggled with doubt and disappointment, her hard-won wisdom is worth a listen. More about Jacqui at jacquicooper.com
EPISODE 44: MARGIE ON CREATING A BOLD VISION FOR YOUR LIFE
Set your boldest vision for 2020… and beyond!
Let’s face it, if it were easy to pursue a big bold vision for your life, more people would be! In this podcast, I share three simple actions you can take to set yourself up to thrive and rise in 2020… and far beyond. To learn about my Reset Your Life Compass course, visit resetyourlifecompass.com (I also share a discount code in the podcast!). You can also check out my last book, Make Your Mark, at margiewarrell.com/books
EPISODE 43: MARGIE ON SPEAKING BRAVELY
Speak bravely: How to speak up about issues weighing your relationships down
The quality of our relationships is determined by the quality of the conversations we have in them. Yet too often the conversations we most need to have are those we least want to have. They require us to risk vulnerability, emotional discomfort and confrontation. All of which we are wired to avoid. In this podcast, I share how to find your courage to speak up in ways that build trust, deepen relationships and lead to better outcomes for all… sparing yourself a lot of avoidable stress in the process.
EPISODE 42: KEMI NEKVAPIL
100% human. Why embracing your humanity lays at the heart of living fully.
In a world that is constantly pressuring us to fit in, keep up and look good, it’s easy to grow disconnected with the truth of who we are. In this conversation, I talk to fellow coach and author Kemi Nekvapil about what it means to show up as 100% human and to live deeply authentic and truly power-full lives. More on Kemi at www.keminekvapil.com
EPISODE 41: ALICIA TILLMAN
Advice from the top! Play to your strengths and consult your ‘future self’
On a recent trip to New York I had the opportunity to chat with Alicia Tillman, Chief Marketing Officer, SAP. In this podcast, she shares her insights about moving up the ranks in large organizations including the importance of playing from your strengths and asking yourself “What would my future self want me to do right now?” Alicia shares practical advice for anyone who aspires to greater success and influence in their career, work, relationships and life.
EPISODE 40: MARIANNE WILLIAMSON
The Presidential candidate on the politics of love and waging peace against collectivized hatred
Marianne Williamson is not your usual Presidential candidate. Yet as she explains in this candid interview, it’s unreasonable to think that those whose political careers have created the current situation in America are those best suited to lead it out of it. Marianne opens up about the mockery she’s received running a campaign built on ‘the politics of love’, waging a moral revolution against collectivized hatred, and why all public policy should be built around the principle of helping people to thrive.
EPISODE 39: MARGIE ON RECLAIMING YOUR POWER
Don’t give people’s opinions more power than your own
Ever worry about what other people think of you? As social beings, it’s only natural to want to be liked. Yet too often we let the opinions of others hold greater weight in our lives than our own. In doing so, we surrender our power to them, letting what they think determine the value we place on ourselves, stifling our authentic self-expression. This podcast will help you reclaim the power you may have unconsciously surrendered and look within to define how you feel about yourself.
EPISODE 38: ROSIE BATTY
Discovering strength and finding purpose after profound loss
How would you cope if your worst nightmare came true? Rosie Batty found out when her son Luke was brutally killed by her estranged partner. Her brave and compassionate response to this horrific trauma inspired millions yet it couldn’t heal the primal wound in her heart. In this heartwarming, and heart-wrenching conversation, Rosie shares her insights on refinding her humor and channeling her pain in ways that gave meaning to her loss and that will inspire your own courage in the face of life’s heartaches.
EPISODE 37: MARGIE ON RETHINKING RISK
Are you playing it too safe? Rethink risk – the odds are better than you think
We aren’t wired for taking the brave option, we’re wired for taking the safe one. In fact, our brains are wired to focus more on what we could lose than what we might gain. Little wonder we too often look back and wished we’d been braver. In this podcast, I share how you can rethink the risk so you can do just that.
EPISODE 36: LYNNE TWIST
Change your money mindset for a richer life
Lynne Twist is a global visionary committed to ending world hunger. From working with Mother Theresa to mentoring Nobel Laureates, she’s gained unique insights into our unconscious beliefs about money and how rethinking our relationship to money gives us access to a richer experience of life. If you’ve ever had angst around money, this illuminating conversation is for you. More about Lynne, her book The Soul of Money and her work at www.SoulOfMoney.org
EPISODE 35: MARGIE ON REWRITING THE STORIES HOLDING YOU BACK
What’s your story? How to rewrite the stories holding you back
As human beings, we live in ’stories’ – the things we tell ourselves about who we are. As we create these stories, they create us; expanding our future… or shrinking it. Where are your stories holding you back? In this podcast, I share how you can step back from your stories and rewrite the ones that are not serving you so you can live a more meaningful and more connected and more authentic life.
EPISODE 34: KATHY CALVIN
United Nations Foundation President on leading change from the inside out
As President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation, Kathy Calvin has been instrumental in leading a host of initiatives that have improved the quality of life for millions of people around the globe. In this interview, she talks about her lessons on leadership, fixing mistakes, managing stress, and building a more equitable world.
EPISODE 33: MARGIE ON SPEAKING WITH CONFIDENCE
How to speak with power & poise – even when nervous
Ever hold back from speaking up or taking the stage because it makes your stomach squirm? Fresh off the stage from doing the closing keynote address at a large speakers convention, I share my three-pillar framework to help you speak up (whether it be to an audience of one or one million!) with greater presence and to achieve better outcomes, for yourself and others.
EPISODE 32: RON KAUFMAN
The power of living a service-centered life
New York Times Bestselling Author Ron Kaufman has built an international reputation as an expert on customer service. Yet his passion for service goes far beyond a transactional exchange. In this high energy and thought provoking conversation, Margie and Ron unpack what it means, and what it takes, to live life in service of others. If you’re ready to be inspired… listen up!
EPISODE 31: MARGIE ON SPIRITUAL SELF-CARE
Become a source of courage for others: Put your own spiritual oxygen mask on first
When someone you care about is doing it tough, it’s human nature to want to ease their burden or make it all go away. It’s why when others fear is in overdrive and their faith is fragile, you must be extra strong in your own. In this podcast, I share my hard-won wisdom on staying strong when your heart is hurting for someone, doubling down on your ‘best-self’ rituals, and leaning into your own courage — one day, one hour, one moment at a time. By putting on your own spiritual ‘oxygen mask’ first, you become a stronger source of courage for others.
EPISODE 30: CATHY BURKE
How to reframe a problem to find a better solution
Ending world hunger sounds like an audacious goal, but as Cathy Burke shares in this illuminating interview, it’s entirely possible. As CEO of The Hunger Project in Australia and later Vice President of the Hunger Project globally, she learnt first-hand just how powerful a shift in mindset can be. Cathy’s insights will help you rethink how you are approaching your challenges, beginning with learning to ask the right questions.
Learn more about Cathy at www.cathyburke.com
EPISODE 29: MARGIE ON BUILDING BRAVERY
Train the Brave: Everyday acts of courage to live a no-regrets life
Courage is a skill and like all skills, it can be learned. To mark the release of my book, Train The Brave (the updated version of Brave which is part of Wiley’s new Be Your Best book series), I dive into the psychology of building courage, conquering fear, taking risks and putting yourself ‘out there’ so that you can live a bigger, more meaningful and far more fulfilling ’no-regrets’ life. Order your copy of Train The Brave at amzn.to/2WVe8NR
Take my free 10 day Train The Brave Challenge at Brave.margiewarrell.com
EPISODE 28: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EDITION
Empowering women to own their value
When more women are seated at decision-making tables, better decisions are made. Yet despite the progress toward gender equity over recent decades, women still lag behind men on many measures — from what they earn to the power they wield at decision making tables. While many factors explain the gender gap, one of the most important levers to plugging the ‘leaky pipeline’ and capturing the full value of gender diversity and inclusion, is emboldening women to overcome their own lack of self-confidence, embrace their feminine leadership strengths and step fully into their power as change makers. In this International Women’s Day 2019 edition, I share a few thoughts on how we can support more women in doing just that.
EPISODE 27: SUSAN BRADY
Is your inner critic holding you back? How to get out of your own way
Often the biggest critic and naysayer in our life is the voice in our own head; the one that is constantly dialling up our doubts, second-guessing our abilities and over-ruminating our decisions. While no one is immune to the voice of an “inner critic” everyone has the ability to reclaim the power we often give it to call the shots.
Enjoy this passionate conversation with Susan Brady, author of Mastering Your Inner Critic (Mc Graw-Hill), where she shares strategies to reframe how you relate to your inner critic including how to “deploy compassion”, cultivate self-awareness and build the confidence you need to thrive in your work, leadership and life.
Check out Susan’s book on Amazon: www.amzn.to/2ExtuzD
EPISODE 26: BILL TREASURER
Don’t Let Fear Run Your Life
Bill Treasurer has learnt a lot about overcoming fear and living bravely since his younger days as a professional high diver. As an author (his latest book is The Leadership Killer) and CEO of Giant Leap Consulting, Bill is passionate about encouraging others to take a ‘giant leap’ over their fears so they can lead braver lives and make a bigger mark. In our conversation, we discuss the three stages of transformation, how to pick yourself back up after a fall and how to stop letting self-doubt call the shots. More about Bill at www.billtreasurer.com
EPISODE 25: MARGIE ON SELF-LOVE
Want more loving relationships? Start with yourself
There’s a lot of talk about love around Valentine’s Day. Finding perfect love. Keeping love alive. Yet at the heart of what is required to enjoy deeply loving relationships is the ability to be loving toward ourselves. So this Valentine’s, consider how you could be more loving of yourself. In particular, how you can extend inward a little more mercy when you mess up and fall short of being the ever-together person you most aspire to be.
EPISODE 24: MARGIE ON SELF-DOUBT
Self-doubt holding you back?
If you’re often doubting whether you’ve got what it takes, this episode is for you! Listen to my insights on how to reframe your self-doubt and take the brave actions that will help you realize how little reason you truly have to doubt yourself. As I share, in recounting my own wrestling match with self-doubt, “Our doubts are part and parcel of what it is to be human. It’s our job to ensure they don’t steer our lives.” So if there’s something you know you want to do, but you’ve doubted if you can prepare for action!
EPISODE 23: MICHELLE MCQUAID
Stop trying to look like you’ve got it all together
It’s easy to look at people like bestselling author and positive psychology expert Michelle McQuaid and assume they’ve had it easy; that they have it all together, all the time. Yet Michelle, like so many other accomplished people, has overcome immense challenges including sexual abuse as a girl. Raised in a highly dysfunctional and violent family, she left home at 16 to make her way in the world. In this episode, she shares her journey of healing to inspire you to reframe your past, reconnect with your strengths and reimagine your future. Learn more about Michelle’s books and groundbreaking work at www.michellemcquaid.com
EPISODE 22: MARGIE ON BOLD DARING
Brave New Year: Dare to pursue your boldest vision in 2019
What would you love to accomplish in 2019? As you begin a new year, I invite you to “begin with the end in mind” and imagine what your ultimate vision of success looks like over the next 12 months. Only when you dare to connect with the boldest and most inspiring vision for your life (however scary!) will you find the courage, grit and resilience you need to become the person you’re capable of being. For more, read Margie’s Brave New Year blog at margiewarrell.com/blog
EPISODE 21: LINDA CRUSE
When you dare to change the world the impossible becomes possible
Linda Cruse is a force of nature whose humanitarian work around the globe has won her the praise of Sir Richard Branson, the Dalai Lama and HRH Prince Charles. It began when, as a stressed out single mum, she was struck with temporary blindness. It rocked her to the core but made her confront the question: “What is the point of living if it has no point?”. In this uplifting interview, Linda will share incredible stories that may well set your life on a whole new trajectory also. Her example will remind you that you are capable of far more than you think. You can find more about Linda, and her latest book – Leading from the Frontline – at www.lindacruse.com
EPISODE 20: MARGIE ON GRATITUDE
The gift of giving thanks
We all know that gratitude is important, but let’s face it, sometimes it’s hard not to get pulled into negative comparisons; to dwell on what’s wrong, or missing or who’s to blame. In this heartfelt podcast, Margie shares how we can practice living from gratitude, regardless of what is going on in our lives and how by doing so, it magnifies our blessings and helps us deal with our hardships with greater courage, grace and humor.
EPISODE 19: STEVE FORBES
Why you’ve got to risk more failure
Forbes Editor-in-Chief and two-time US Presidential candidate nominee, Steve Forbes shares why taking a leap into the unknown and reframing failure is crucial for success. Having led the digital transformation of Forbes, his insights will help you navigate uncertainty, take smarter risks and find opportunities amid disruption.
EPISODE 18: MARGIE ON MARRIAGE
What makes a great marriage
There is no such thing as a perfect marriage, but as I celebrate my 25th wedding anniversary to a great man who has helped me become a better version of myself, I wanted to share a little hard-won wisdom about keeping love alive over the long haul. Whether you’re starting or ending a relationship or, like me, have been in one for over half your life, I hope my insights and stories of forgiveness and love will inspire you.
EPISODE 17: MARGIE ON FAILURE
How have you interpreted your failures? Why re-framing failure is vital for success.
Is a past experience of failure keeping you from taking the actions required to enjoy greater fulfillment and success? When we look at successful people we often overlook their setbacks and only see their triumphs. How you choose to interpret your failures will either move you forward or hold you back. Every failure can be turned into a stepping stone; every mistake a lesson on what not to do; every setback an opportunity to dig deeper and discover courage you didn’t know you had. Every story of success is also a story of pushing past failure. What story are you writing?
EPISODE 16: WARWICK FAIRFAX
A very public failure. How to create your own ‘second chance’.
There are few business figures who’ve suffered such a public fall from grace in Australia as Warwick Fairfax. At age 26, he took over his family’s 150-year-old media empire and within a few years, the Fairfax media dynasty had ended. In this rare interview, Warwick shares his extraordinary journey of re-finding himself after a very public failure. His ‘hard-won wisdom’ will inspire you to live life on your terms and find deeper purpose when life knocks you down.
EPISODE 15: MARGIE ON EMOTIONAL CONTAGION
What emotions are you spreading?
Emotions are contagious. The challenge we face in our everyday lives is spending more time feeling the positive emotions – optimism, gratitude, connection, confidence – that fuel our wellbeing and success, and less with the negative ones- fear, anxiety, resentment, blame – that don’t. Margie talks about how to short-circuit the low order (often destructive) emotions that sabotage success and hurt relationships and amplify the high order emotions that help you thrive. If you’ve been feeling flat or stuck or negative, listen up!
EPISODE 14: RACHAEL ROBERTSON
A lesson from Antarctica on embracing adventure.
Ever wondered what it would be like to spend a year in Antarctica? Former Antarctic Expedition Leader, Rachael Robertson shares how she ‘accidentally’ found herself leading a team of 120 in the world’s most extreme workplace; what it taught her about human nature and embracing adventure in our everyday lives.
EPISODE 13: MARGIE ON GETTING STARTED
Don’t wait to know everything before you begin.
If you’ve been putting off getting into action, this episode is for you! So much of our potential and creativity never gets to see the light of day. Why? Because we have bought into the belief that we have to know everything or be masterful or have a fail-proof plan before we even start out. Margie will not only talk about the importance of stepping into action but how you can do it and why it will help you move forward far more quickly than waiting until you’re sure you’re ready (because that may take a lifetime!).
EPISODE 12: KRISTIN NEFF
Too hard on yourself? Why self-compassion isn’t just nice, it’s smart.
Many people can be pretty tough on themselves, focusing more on their faults and failings than on their strengths and wins. Maybe you’re one of them? If so you must listen to this interview with one of the world’s top experts on self-compassion, Dr Kristin Neff. She will share how to quiet your inner critic by being kinder to yourself and why doing so will actually help to boost your motivation, improve your learning and achieve more than you would by being super hard on yourself.
EPISODE 11: MARGIE ON BEING YOURSELF
Enough with proving, pleasing and impressing! Just be your ‘flawsome’ self.
In this episode, Margie unpacks why the most impressive people are those who aren’t trying to impress. They are so at home in their own skin that they have no need to prove, please or impress. They don’t name drop. They don’t puff out or pretend. They are just themselves. While we all like to be liked, by learning to let go our need to be more like anyone else, we liberate ourselves to become the best version of the fabulous, fallible and flawsome person we already are.
EPISODE 10: RICH FERNANDEZ
How mindfulness wakes us up to life
Developed at Google to help employees thrive and perform better under pressure, the Search Inside Yourself (SIYLI) initiative is now a global program with a mission to make mindfulness mainstream. Rich Fernandez, CEO of SIYLI, shares how you can cultivate mindfulness in your daily life to stay calm under pressure, manage stress, make better decisions, build deeper relationships and combat distraction to quiet your all too busy ‘monkey mind’.
EPISODE 9: MARGIE ON IMPOSTER SYNDROME
Got imposter syndrome? Get over your fear of being uncovered as a fraud.
If you’ve ever worried that one of these days people are going to discover that you aren’t as smart, knowledgeable, worthy, or [fill-in-the-blank] as they think, you’re not alone. In this podcast, Margie unravels the psychology behind the Imposter Syndrome, explaining why its the domain of high-achievers and how you can stop letting your fear of being exposed hold you back and keep you from owning your value and celebrating your success.
EPISODE 8: KRISTINA KARLSSON
Dare to dream the boldest vision for your life
Do you have a vision for your life that inspires you? Are you working toward goals that light you up? If yes, Margie’s conversation with Kristina Karlsson, founder of KikkiK and author of Your Dream Life Starts Here, will help you stay in action toward bringing it into reality. If no, it will help you give yourself permission to dream bigger and stop selling yourself short while providing practical strategies to get, and stay, in action. So if you’re feeling stuck or just need a reminder about why your biggest dreams matter, tune in. Your life is as big as you dare to dream it.
EPISODE 7: LAYNE BEACHLEY
You will never feel ‘enough’ when you are driven by fear
World champion surfer and winner of seven world titles, Layne Beachley shares how fear drove her success but robbed her ability to enjoy it. Her courage to finally confront the truth of her life and to let go her constant striving holds a powerful lesson on living a truly brave life and redefining what it really means to succeed.
EPISODE 6: MARGIE ON BOUNCING BACK
Plans derailed? Fear not. You are exactly where you’re meant to be.
Life is not linear. No matter how great your plans, it’s inevitable they will sometimes take a turn that you didn’t prepare for and don’t want. But life’s greatest gifts often emerge from our derailed plans. So if you’ve found yourself wrestling with a reality that is not what you planned on, you’ll enjoy hearing Margie’s journey of dealing with the curve balls that have come her way and how you can build your resilience to adapt faster to change and bounce back from setbacks with the mindset needed to turn every loss into a win.
EPISODE 5: SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
Creating peace from the inside out
World renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar shares how to enjoy more peace of mind amid our busy lives and break down the psychological walls that fuel disconnection, depression, anxiety and inequality.
EPISODE 4: EMMA ISAACS
Overthinking it? Why daring to just ‘wing it’ can be your smartest move
Are you an over-thinker? Ever get stuck planning, preparing and procrastinating until you’re sure you can’t fail? Many do. “Stop thinking, start doing,” says Emma Isaacs, founding CEO of Business Chicks. Emma shares why action beats planning every single time and how to find the courage to jump in and bounce back stronger when you don’t land on your feet.
EPISODE 3: PROFESSOR TAL BEN-SHAHAR
Is your quest for happiness making you miserable?
Creator of the most popular class in Harvard University’s history, bestselling author and positive psychology expert Tal Ben-Shahar unpacks the science of happiness to reveal the keys to a happier life and why expecting to be happy sets us up to suffer.
EPISODE 2: MARIANNE WILLIAMSON
Confront your deepest fear, change the world
Author of 12 books, Marianne Williamson has inspired millions globally to choose love over fear. In this passionate conversation, she makes a fiery and unapologetic call to action to take full responsibility, stop selling yourself short and step into our power to change the world.
EPISODE 1: WELCOME
Welcome to the Live Brave Podcast
Welcome to the very first episode of the Live Brave Podcast! I hope this podcast will inspire you to find more courage in your own life. To trust yourself more deeply, to speak more bravely, to connect more deeply, to embrace your humanity and to step more fully into your own power and purpose.