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Editorial Reviews


"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 

"One look at the title of my last book should tell you why I like this one!  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 bestseller, Risky Is the New Safe

"Practical, powerful, and inspiring. In uncertain times, it's a guide-book you can't afford not to read as it spells out exactly how to handle your challenges and find the confidence to speak up, adapt and get ahead in the new economy. Everyone in your company should read it!" ~ Suzi Pomerantz, Bestselling author, Master coach

"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

"Stop Playing Safe is one of those rare books that is at once original, inspirational, and above all, useful."  
~Bill Treasurer, President of Giant Leap Consulting and author, Courage Goes to Work.

"In this estimable book, 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

"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

From the Author

An intrepid Australian, Margie Warrell is a bestselling author, master certified coach, media personality and dynamic speaker who empowers people globally to live more courageous lives.

The bestselling author of Find Your Courage (McGraw-Hill), Margie has learned a lot about courage since her childhood growing up as one of seven children on a farm in rural Australia, to becoming an emerging leader in the human potential movement.

Along the way she has travelled to over 60 countries, venturing to places most people only read about - from the Sahara Desert to the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea; from refugee camps of the Palestinian West Bank to the primitive tribes of the Amazon rain forest.

Margie returned to Melbourne, Australia in 2012.  After more than a decade of runningnumerous leadership and performance programs with top US organizations, Margie continues to be a sought-after speaker, travelling frequently to the US for keynotes and workshops.

A certified master coach and Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming with a background in Fortune 500 Business and Psychology, Margie has built an international career on empowering individuals - and the organizations they work for - with the strategiesthey need to expand their vision, engage in bigger conversations and lead more courageously.   Her client organizations include Best Buy, United Healthcare, British Telecom, ExxonMobil, NASA, Ernst & Young, Accenture, and AOL.  She is also a guest lecturer to MBA students at Georgetown University.

With her down to earth Australian humor and working mother-of-four efficiency, Margie gets to the heart of what holds people back in their business, careers, relationships, leadership and life.  Warm and direct, she has become a regular media guest  on national television with appearances on The TODAY Show, FOX News, CNBC, and is the  "Resident Coach
During the past decade, Margie has witnessed what she considers a growing trend of "fear becoming the new normal" for many people.  This has only served to fuel her passion in helping people become aware of areas where they are settling for less than they truly want, engage in bigger conversations, and expanding what they see as possible for themselves and the organizations for whom they work.

In 2010, she founded Global Courage, an organization focused on supporting women in expanding their vision, and building their capacity, confidence and competence for courageous leadership. Margie has been a keynote speaker at the UN Foundations Women Leading the Future Conference, Accenture's International Women's Day, The Womenetics Global Women's Initiative, AOL's Women's Leadership Symposium and numerous other leading women's events globally.
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Monash University, Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology, Deakin University, Australia
  • Certified Ontological Coach
  • Certified Coach with International Coaching Federation (leading world body governing professional coaching)
  • Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming and Certified NLP Coach and Time Line Therapist
  • Certified Hypnotherapist with American Board of Hypnotherapy
  • Associate Life Strategist trained in the theories and techniques of Dr. Phil McGraw
Memberships and Professional Associations
  • Recognized by the Cambridge Executive and Professional Who's Who Registry as a leader in the coaching field both nationally and internationally
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF)
  • International Association of Certified Coaches (IAC)
  • Coachville - the worlds largest coach training institute
  • The National Speakers Association (NSA)
  • National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
  • American Business Women's Association
Giving Back
Margie is a big believer in giving back and actively supports numerous charities and not-for-profit organizations with free books and pro bono presentations. Following is a list of some of the organizations that Margie has supported: Child Help, UN Foundation for Women, Network for Teachoing Entrepreneurship NFTE,  St Ann's Infant & Maternity Home, Streetwise, Doorways for Women, Suited for Change, Metro Teen AIDS, Assistance League, Rotary Club of Alexandria, The Women's Center of Virginia, Junior League, Civitan Club, The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing and Calvary Shelter, Ladies DC and many others.

Margie is also a Board Member of Ladies America, which partners with such organizations as the United Nations Foundation, Womensphere's Global Summit, Fair Fund against human trafficking, Susan G. Komen Foundation, DC Entrepreneurship Week, StreetWise Partners, and Bisnow's Women in Business and Journalism to support the success of professional womenand advocate on central women's issues in the media and political sphere.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wrightbooks; 1 edition (March 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118505581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118505588
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author


Drawing from her background in business, psychology, and executive coaching, along with her diverse personal experiences, Margie Warrell is passionate about challenging people globally to expand their vision, rethink risk, engage in bigger conversations and stop playing so safe.

Bestselling author of Stop Playing Safe (Wiley 2013) and Find Your Courage (McGraw-Hill), Margie is a sought after media commentator who has contributed to leading media outlets including The Today Show, FOX News and CNBC. A Forbes Columnist, her advice has also featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Margie has co-authored other books with renowned experts Stephen Covey, Ken Blanchard, John Gray and Jack Canfield.

Margie is also an international keynote speaker and facilitator. Organisations Margie has provided "Courage Building" programs to include Hitachi, AOL, NASA, Bechtel, British Telecom, United Healthcare, Best Buy, Shell Oil, and Ernst & Young.

A mother of four, Margie walks her talk when it comes to living boldly. Since her childhood growing up the big sister of seven on a diary farm in rural Australia, Margie has stepped outside her comfort zone many times. Margie has worked and travelled extensively, often venturing far off the beaten track in countries from Algeria to Papua New Guinea.

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As a person who has pursued plenty of personal development over the past 10 years I recognised the echoes of Blanchard, Godin, Peters, Robbins, Covey, Goleman and ontological coaching, amongst others, throughout Stop Playing Safe. Far from making the book derivative the author has brilliantly built on the work of those who have come before her to create a highly readable, relevant and practical guide for getting ahead in today's fast-moving, interconnected world of work.

The best thing about Warrell's book is that she writes from the perspective of a 'normal' person, not a high profile academic or celebrity speaker/author/consultant. As a mother of four young children she who worked in the corporate world prior to motherhood, as well as having lived in both Third World and First World cities in both Asia Pacific and the USA. The author's courage to create a coaching practice, write a book and build a speaking and media profile all from her house while raising four school-age children in a country on the other side of the world to her own, is an inspiring example of an author genuinely walking her talk.

Warrell's book benefits from smart prose, original interviews, excellent models and diagrams as well as concise end-of-chapter summaries.

As a performance coach and speaker specialising in recruitment (10 years) and as a recruiter and leader of other recruiters (14 years) I would rate Stop Playing Safe up there with The Start Up of You (Reid Hoffman & Ben Canocha), Linchpin (Seth Godin) and The Talent Code (Daniel Coyle) as one of the very best books about becoming successful in the modern world.
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Most of us spend our lives playing safe and not accomplishing all of the wonderful things we aspire to. Later, we sit with regret wishing we had. In Stop Playing Safe, the author elegantly and strategically outlines a way to look at the big picture fostering courage to take action and go for the life of our dreams. She presents the ideas in such a way that fear is set aside and we feel inspired to start on the path to creating a better life for ourselves right away. Written in an easy to read and follow format, I specifically loved the chapter on learning, unlearning and relearning. It makes you rethink how we've been conditioned to think in the box and often times we do it on auto-pilot! She talks about honoring your calling and at this time in history - with all of the opportunities available to us - the only thing holding us back is our own fear. A wonderful catalyst for personal transformation and powerful shift, this book was truly an inspirational read!
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This guide to courage is clear and comprehensive. It gets to why our natural responses are often not courageous, how that affects us and then how to turn it around. The experience of reading this book made me feel more courageous.

The format of the book is very much that of self-help literature. It doesn't try to be anything other than what it is, consistent with its messages of sincerity, vulnerability and competency.

I agree with everything the author said - and yet I didn't think of courage in the same way before reading the book. I appreciated her candid assessment of how the media feeds fear more often that not.

I recommend Stop Playing it Safe. A promotional copy was provided to me so that I could submit an honest review.
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The primary purpose of our brains is to protect us, to make sure we survive. To accomplish that, we are hard-wired to avoid danger - both physical and psychological. We are twice as likely to move away from something that represents a perceived danger as we are to move toward something that represents pleasure/accomplishment. Our brains are designed to deal with fears that were present a few thousand years ago when man was living on the savannah. The modern threats are much less physical. Yet we react to the psychological fears in much the same way as early man did to physical dangers.

Margie Warrell, the author of Stop Playing Safe has given us an excellent guide to help us understand why we avoid risk and the dangers we encounter when we try to avoid risks. In the book, there is a quote from Robert Collier that sums up the purpose of this book, "Playing it save is probably the most unsafe thing in the world."

We naturally tend to avoid new things, things that create fear in our lives. This leads us to play it safe. But as demonstrated many times throughout the book, avoiding growth and achievement hold more dangers than learning and growing. We need the courage to try new things, to step out of our comfort zone.

This book is divided into three parts. The first section discusses Core Courage - Ms Warrell challenges the reader to rethink risk, to know and embrace the why of your purpose. In part two, she delves into Working Courage - speaking candidly and listening, the need to learn, unlearn and relearn, the need to seize opportunity and how to lead authentically. Part three deals with Take Courage - how to trust yourself.
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