Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life

Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life

by Margie Warrell


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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life by Margie Warrell

Live every day with greater clarity, confidence and courage.

Brave is a handbook for being more courageous. Written for busy people on the go, its short, focused chapters provide practical tools and empowering perspectives to help you build your 'courage muscles' in your work, relationships and life.

Drawing on her background in business, psychology and coaching, author Margie Warrell will guide you in moving past the fears, doubts and beliefs that keep you from making the changes, and taking the chances, you need to enjoy the fulfillment and success you desire.

Courage is a habit. Practicing it daily, even in quiet small ways, unlocks new possibilities, creates new opportunities, grows your influence and enables you to meet your challenges with more resilience and self-assurance. So whether you're stuck in a rut, struggling in a relationship, overwhelmed by your daily juggling act or uninspired about your future, Brave will provide you with a regular dose of positive and practical inspiration to:

  • Clarify what 'success' truly means to you, and be more purposeful in your daily efforts to achieve it
  • Speak up with greater confidence, and be more assertive in dealing with difficult people, getting what you want and changing what you don't
  • Define the person and leader you aspire to be, become more resilient under pressure, decisive in uncertainty and adaptable to change
  • Scrap the excuses (your age, education, gender, busyness or children) that sabotage your future actions
  • Dare more boldly, passionately pursuing the goals that inspire you most, no matter how daunting

Courage begets courage. You build it every time you choose to leave the safety of your comfort zone for the sake of something more important. Day by day, brave action by brave action, you can Brave within you to create a life rich in all that you seek. If you want to live your life more powerfully and purposefully, this book will become your trusted companion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780730319184
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/26/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 563,060
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MARGIE WARRELL provides leadership, communication, and courage-building programs for organisations including NASA, UN Foundation, AOL and Accenture. As a columnist for Forbes and Huffington Post, her advice is featured throughout leading global media. Margie is also a mother of four children.

Table of Contents

About the author vii

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction xi


Ten building blocks for living bravely 1

1 Decide what you stand for 3

2 Interrogate your reality 8

3 Face your fear to rise above it 13

4 Value your own opinion above all others 20

5 Trust your intuition 25

6 Focus on what you want 32

7 Own your choices; spare the excuses 37

8 Resist conformity; embrace what makes you different 44

9 Change before you have to 52

10 Live by design, not by default 56


How to have courageous conversations about things that matter 61

11 Your voice matters; be heard 63

12 Speak from your heart, not your ego 68

13 Say no to the good to say yes to the great 77

14 Dare to ask big 83

15 Listen to understand; not to be understood 88

16 Be willing to rock the boat 94

17 Talk more; type less 100

18 Hold people accountable 107

19 Be careful keeping secrets 112

20 Offer feedback; it's an act of service 116

21 Say sorry even when it's difficult 122


How to risk the bravery your potential is counting on 127

22 Work as though what you do matters; it does 129

23 Play to win, not to avoid losing 135

24 Be the leader you would love to have 139

25 Quit quickly; fail fast 144

26 Never give anyone power to intimidate you 150

27 Don't hide behind humility 153

28 Risk more rejections 157

29 Be decisive amid uncertainty 162

30 Unlearn to relearn 167

31 Seek expert advice, but apply it sparingly 172

32 Lift others as you climb 176


How to be resilient when life doesn't go to plan 181

33 Life doesn't happen to you, it happens for you 183

34 Refuse to let your circumstances define you 187

35 Nurture resilience daily; courage calls for it 191

36 Asking for help reveals strength, not weakness 196

37 Let go disappointment but retain your hope 201

38 Do your best with what you have; it's enough 207

39 Anger chains you to the past; leave it there 212

40 Sit with your sadness 218

41 Gratitude elevates; lift yourself daily 225


How to pursue your biggest dreams and ambitions 231

42 Live from your imagination; not your history 233

43 Pave your own path 239

44 Yes, take that chance! The odds are better than you think 244

45 Fear regret more than failure 248

46 Break the rules; make your own 253

47 Forget perfect! Good enough is good enough 259

48 Embrace problems that are worthy of you 263

49 Courage is contagious; walk with giants 268

50 Think big; start small; begin now 273

Epilogue 278

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Brave: 50 Everyday Acts of Courage to Thrive in Work, Love and Life 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
JonD326 More than 1 year ago
Great book! Margie's voice spoke directly to me and it is so well thought out.  There is reason behind her writing and advice and I believe that every person would be able to benefit from reading Brave. She has helped me through a rather difficult time in my life and I am forever grateful for that!
ZanderLind88 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Margie Warrell’s Brave, and I’m a fan! Brave contains a great mix of practical advice for anyone who’s struggled with that nagging voice telling you you’re not brave enough, good enough, or anything else enough to pursue your dreams or even engage in a conversation with someone. Margie starts the book by outlining 10 Building Blocks for Living Your Life Bravely, then shows how these 10 principles can be applied to your own life, and how they’ve been applied to others’ lives, to lead to a better, braver life. Throughout the book, Margie follows the idea that if you aren’t as brave as you’d like to be now, you can change! You just need to train your bravery muscles in much the same way that you would improve your memory, or actually improve your muscles. I’m really impressed with this read, and I would definitely recommend it to friends, family, and anyone who’s ever felt that they wanted to have more courage.
mayajimenez More than 1 year ago
Margie is such an incredibly powerful woman. She shares these really personal stories that truly make me feel like I can do anything. She's an inspiration to women everywhere. I would highly recommend this book for anyone who needs a little pick-me-up!
MattOg More than 1 year ago
I really loved BRAVE for so many reasons. The main reason is because the book left me inspired and with the confidence to take on any challenge. I enjoyed how Margie presented her tips and tricks for a successful and courageous life. Her 50 acts were easy to digest and possible for everyone. Overall it was an exciting and inspiring read. I would recommend to a friend.