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Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream Hardcover – June 14, 2012
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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.
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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-
Harvard Business Review blogger Whitney Johnson caught my attention when she tweeted her concept of "dating your dreams". This makes sense to me because reinvention is so often making a dream happen--if you have the clarity and the stamina to bring all the fuzzy edges into focus. Dating your dreams--trying them out a little and living with them a while before you decide on a career change--takes a lot of the fear and risk out of a transformation.
Whitney has written an entire book about how to materialize work and life dreams, and I encourage you to read her inspiring manifesto: Dare, Dream, Do. In her words, dreams that you "ink" (not just "think") take on greater possibilities. She encourages dreamers to make lists of reinventions they are pondering:
"I imagine note cards tacked to a large cork board, each card with a word or phrase describing a potential dream written on it. This is your pool of dreams. Maybe you already have a favorite, a dream that you know you want to pursue wholeheartedly. Or maybe, like me, you have a dozen half-formed dreams that you want to try on. At this point you must give yourself time to explore--to take a dream out for a test drive."
Whitney acknowledges that meandering test drives can be difficult for perfectionists: "...Which is why I believe in dating dreams...when we give ourselves permission to date dreams with a no-commitment clause it is really quite liberating." The dating concept takes dreams beyond the imaginary into exploratory dabbling and follow-up.
So on Whitney's cue, here are some dreams that I'll ink, not just think:
Write a book that offers "Vitamin C" confidence building tips in each of my 9 Lives for Women (actually underway!)
Create a call-in radio show that helps women navigate the many stages of work and life from college through retirement years
Find a way to join forces with influential women to advance family-friendly workplace legislation.
Those are a few of mine...so which of your dreams are you willing to ink, not just think? Whatever they are, Whitney tells us that we must be serial dreamers, dabblers and explorers willing to give up less than optimal ideas and get on with new dreaming: "When we fall off the saddle of our possibilities, we need to get right back up." --Kathryn Sollmann
What took me by surprise by Whitney's book - in addition to her incredibly ability to help me drop into the lives of so many amazing women and feel their pain and joy as they explored their own boundaries, limitations and potential - is her amazing ability to continue to surprise me with more and more wisdom as the book unfolds.
I thought I got it all in the intro, and then chapter 1. But then more and more insights shot out at me and called to me to keep reading and keep pondering what my real dreams need to be... It kept me focused, and it kept me anchored to my journey. Did i open my eyes big enough? Did I explore to the max what I really, really wanted to do in my life or did I stop short of my biggest dreams? Did I wrestle down my demons or did I give into them? Did I find the right people to help me stay afloat when I was about to give up - or did I get back in the boat and keep focusing on my big dreams not just my easy to do ones.
Pick a page, read a paragraph. Dare, Dream, Do is an inspiration for all of us to turn to when we are embarking on our BIG Dreams. I'm doing that now with one of the most important projects I've ever 'dreamt' about doing in my life.... and I'm using Whitney's book as my bedside coach! Judith E. Glaser
Citing Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts, Johnson establishes that dreams are comprised of the following: your innate talents, the competencies you have developed, what you believe (principles), and your identities (gender, race, ethnicity and religion).
If you need more help, ask yourself: "What did I like as a kid? Where are my strengths and knowledge bases? What gives me a sense of satisfaction, or what do I look forward to?" Reading "Dare, Dream, Do" reminded me that dreaming is simple when you stop and think about it or when you give your mind the freedom to wander. That's another reminder from the book: Give yourself the time and space to dream.
Read more of my review and related content at SamsDreamBlog.com