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Are you living your bravest life? In today’s fearful world, living bravely has become indispensable for living well. Join me on the Live Brave Podcast as I share practical wisdom and empowering conversations with world-renowned thought leaders such as Marianne Williamson, Steve Forbes, Sri Sri Ravi Shanker and Tal Ben-Shahar that get to the heart of what holds us back. This podcast will inspire you to master fear, reframe failure and find the courage to step fully into your own power to enjoy greater success and fulfillment in your work, relationships and life. Want to be a change maker but too often doubt if you can? Listen, dare, then do.
LATEST EPISODE: 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.
Live Brave Podcast
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 23: MICHELLE MCQUAID
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 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 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 26: BILL TREASURER
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 27: SUSAN BRADY
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 28: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY EDITION
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 29: MARGIE ON HOW TO ‘TRAIN THE BRAVE’ IN YOU
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 www.TrainTheBrave.com
EPISODE 30: CATHY BURKE
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 31: COURAGE
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 32: RON KAUFMAN
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 33: 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.