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“In Dare, Dream, Do, Whitney Johnson explains, in manageable, concrete terms, how to identify and pursue the possibilities to build a happier life....Johnson’s book explains not only why, but how to take those steps—with full confidence and success.”
  Gretchen Rubin | New York Times best- selling author of The Happiness Project

“I read Dare, Dream, Do with a highlighter clenched between my teeth and a pad of sticky notes in my hand. Whitney Johnson has written a book that is hopeful, honest, and beautifully written....the amazing stories make dreaming accessible without diminishing its power or magic.”
  Brené Brown | Ph.D., LMSW, author of The Gifts of Imperfection

“As an accomplished business leader, Whitney Johnson acutely understands how to translate ambitions into action. Dare, Dream, Do not only ignites the courage to pursue your aspirations, but also serves as a powerful guide to achieve what once may have seemed out of reach.”
  Moira Forbes | publisher ForbesWoman

“Dare, Dream, Do belongs in every success toolkit. Business leader and master storyteller, Whitney Johnson shows how remarkable things happen when we dare to claim our strengths, own our dreams, and do what we’re meant to do. A fabulous guide for business and for life.”
  Liz Strauss | business strategist and author of Successful-Blog.com

"Whitney Johnson maps out a masterpiece for women that is filled with wisdom, strategies, fascinating stories, and all that matters most in life. Dare, Dream, Do is an incredible book. I want to give this book to every woman I know."
  Lolly Daskal | President and Founder of Lead From Within: Heart based Leadership for Work and Life

"Rethink the fundamentals of your life. Disrupt your status quo. That’s Whitney Johnson’s invitation (and challenge) to each of us in Dare, Dream, Do. I urge you to accept her invitation."
  Clayton M. Christensen | professor, Harvard Business School and best-selling author

"Dare, Dream, Do is hopeful, honest, and beautifully written, making dreaming accessible without diminishing its power or magic.”
  Brené Brown | Ph.D., LMSW and author of The Gifts of Imperfection

"Every night before I fell asleep my mom would say to me, ‘you can do anything you want to as long as you put your mind to it.' Dare, Dream, Do is inspiring and eye-opening. Whitney is reminding us how important it is to dream at any age."
  Summer Sanders | Olympic gold medalist swimmer, sports commentator and reporter

"Read this book for your soul and read it for your future! Join Whitney on an inspired journey toward realizing the power and potential in yourself...Learn how to catalog your talents and channel them toward a thrilling future. Then start dreaming BIG."
  Betsy Morgan | former CEO The Huffington Post, and president of The Blaze

"There are just a few books where you want to read every single word. Dare, Dream, Do by Whitney Johnson is one of those rare books. Every page is filled with stories, with wisdom, and with unusual insights that inspire and guide us in how to dream..."
  Ellen Galinsky | President, Families and Work Institute, Author, Mind in the Making


Clayton Christensen is the world’s leading thinker on innovation and the New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, the only business book that Apple’s Steve Jobs said “deeply influenced” him. Most recently, he is the author of How Will You Measure Your Life?, an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Read his exclusive guest review of Dare, Dream, Do:

Every semester at Harvard Business School, on the last day of class I deliver a lecture, not on building and sustaining a successful enterprise, but rather on building and sustaining a happy life.

I often start with something like, “In just a few months you’ll graduate and embark on what to many, including your selves, will be prestigious, lucrative, high-profile careers. But if you want to also have happy lives, you need to know the purpose of your life. Take the time, even if it’s at midnight each night, to figure out what you are meant to do. Or in the words of my colleague Howard Gardner, learn to cultivate existential intelligence, or the ability to make meaning of life.”

One of my personal missions is to inspire others to discover their purpose in life. As such, what started as a lecture has now become a book I co-authored with James Allworth and Karen Dillon. While our book focuses on individuals across the board, Whitney Johnson’s book Dare, Dream, Do further drills down on the topic by thinking through the question of how do women build a happy life. Through powerful storytelling, she dares women to rethink their current fundamentals, to measure their life by the only yardstick that matters – what she specifically is meant to do, including the importance of teaching her children to dream. The book then moves to provide women with specific tools for identifying what it is they were meant to do, recognizing that creating a meaningful life emerges from answering the deepest questions about our life’s purpose.

It concludes with the injunction to simply begin. It may be frightening at first. There will be much that you can’t predict. But it is only in the doing, that you can ultimately build and sustain a happy life. For anyone who has pondered the question, “what should I do with my life,” for anyone who is seeking fresh inspiration, advice and tactics, I recommend Dare, Dream, Do. Whether your purpose is to circle the globe or draw your family circle, Dare, Dream, Do helps make that discovery possible.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bibliomotion (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937134121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937134129
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Whitney Johnson was recognized as one of the world's most influential management thinkers in 2015, and was a finalist for the Top thinkers on Talent at the biennial Thinkers50 ceremony in London. She is best known for her work on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption.

She is formerly the co-founder of Rose Park Advisors alongside Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea's Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion. Having served as president from 2007-2012, Johnson was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund's strategy. During her tenure, the CAGR of the Fund was 11.98% v. 1.22% for the S&P 500.

Previously, Johnson was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years, and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker. As an equity analyst, Ms. Johnson's stocks under coverage included America Movil (NYSE: AMX), Televisa (NYSE: TV) and Telmex (NYSE: TMX), which accounted for roughly 40% of Mexico's stock exchange.

Johnson is also a frequent contributor to and writer for the Harvard Business Review, and is a Linkedinfluencer. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Disrupt Yourself(TM): Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work (2015) and Dare, Dream Do (2012). She is a prolific speaker on innovation initiatives, and has delivered keynote speeches to audiences of 30,000 + people on her ideas and vision. Johnson is represented by the New Leaf Speakers bureau, along with other thought leaders in business and innovation.

She has received widespread recognition for her thinking and was inducted into Management Thinkers50 in 2015, and was named one of Fortune's 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter in 2014. She co-founded the popular Forty Women Over Forty to Watch and and is a fellow at the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards.

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In "Dare, Dream, Do," newly minted author Whitney Johnson dares women to dream and to do. .. it is extremely important to self, family, and the world.

Johnson's own "dream" story began with her gate-keeper parents telling her what she could and could not do; who she should and should not marry. While independence was gained by her mid-20s, she still lacked confidence and dismissed law school as a pipe dream, one for which she felt she was not qualified, not smart enough, nor even had a right to consider. The desire to do something challenging and lucrative, the need to earn an income, and chance converged to help her reach the possibilities she saw for herself on Wall Street - becoming a top ranked sell-side security analyst earning Institutional Investor's annual kudos as the #1 Latin America Media analyst, and the #2 Latin America Telecom analyst. (As a member of an investment bank, a sell-side analyst provides deep research to support a "buy, hold, or sell" call on a stock or group of stocks. Millions can be made or lost on these calls.) Heady stuff for someone who graduated with a BA in music!

Johnson's experience and a subsequent exit from Wall Street to raise a family piqued her interest in the dreams of women. When asking other women about their dreams, she heard a common refrain, "I don't have dreams," but was puzzled...as she saw unlimited possibilities in each. This inquiry inspired her to create a safe place (Whitney Johnson's "Dare to Dream Blog") where women could connect and discuss their dreams. These dreams and challenges to live one's dream as a woman became the foundation for this book.
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A few weeks ago when my friend suggested that I read Whitney Johnson's new book Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When you Dare to Dream I had no idea what I was signing up for. I thought reading this book was little more than a simple favor for a friend. I assumed that it would be an easy, quick read. I assumed that I could write a nice, safe, blog review and then move forward with my life. I was wrong. Dare, Dream, Do has proven to be anything but a quick, easy favor for a friend.

Dare, Dream, Do has invaded my life and messed with my head.

Instead of just inspiring a nice, safe blog review, this book and its ideas have engaged my mind and my heart. Suddenly I'm dreaming about my future. I'm dreaming about a career and not just a job. But what's more terrifying is that I'm sharing those dreams with other people. I'm talking about them. Out loud. And just like Whitney promised, remarkable things are happening.

This book and I met at just the right time in my life and I couldn't be happier about it.
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As I started reading, I sort of guessed that the introductory section might not be as helpful because I'd realized quite a few personal dreams but I looooved it!

As women we have dreams of happy homes, marriages full of love and perhaps work that serves as an expression of what we value and will have a good effect on our community. Often in conversations with friends, we talk about those things.

The encouragement this book provides - as well as the tactical path to making our deepest hopes and dreams come to life and stop laying dormant is incalculable and I am grateful that someone I adore has made it happen.

I'm grateful for an internal compass that guided me towards creating work and the effect that has on my life. I see this exquisite book whispering the same message to those who read it.

I'm grateful for cheerleaders - and if you need one for your dream, I submit that Whitney Johnson is on the job. warmly, -melanie mauer-
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Whitney Johnson's book reminds us of the importance of daring yourself to dream and then go do it! A wonderful book for everyone, whether you are already daring to live out your dreams, embarking on a new live changing challenge or simply need a boost to inspire you to act on a lifelong dream, this book is for you!
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I read this book because I have a daughter and want to find ways to teach her to be confident in herself and to find the incentive to set goals and pursue them. Although this was not a book about fathers and daughters, I found it helpful because it touches on themes I think about a lot with regards to my daughter and the world she lives in. For example, how to make sure she has the space to think for herself, to get sufficient exposure to the world and a wide range of interesting people that will inspire her, and, to some (wise!) encouragement and support from her parents. The book has a number of nuggets I found helpful.

1. "Use your words" - We tell our daughter this all the time, but now I have a perspective that is far more reaching than a toddler learning to speak. I liked the Timothy Pychyl quote about how we can't really be active agents if we don't know who we are.

2. The book recommendations on page 82, especially the ones for young girls.

3. The role that religion plays in shaping who you are and preparing you for a career. Organized religion is hardly a growth story these days. It isn't trendy (especially among young people), but I'm glad the author makes the case for it.

4. The importance of effort as opposed to just innate abilities. I don't believe in a world where our destiny is determined from birth and we have little control over our outcome in life.

5. Finally, I appreciated that this book contains profiles of women who have found meaning in their lives from a wide range of decisions, including those that involved professional careers, volunteer service, or full-time motherhood.
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