Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream

Whitney Johnson, popular Harvard Business Review blogger, has a goal: to help us identify and achieve our dreams. Her belief is that we can each achieve greater happiness when focusing both on our dreams and on other people in our lives. In this inspiring book, Johnson directs her attention to teaching women, in particular, a three-step model for personal advancement and happiness. She first encourages us to DARE to boldly step out, to consider disrupting life as we know it. Then she teaches us how to DREAM, to give life to the many possibilities available, whether to start a business, run a marathon, or travel the world. She shows us how to "date" our dreams (no need to commit!) and how to make space for dreams. Finally, Whitney's model brings out the businesswoman in her; she teaches us to DO, to execute our dreams. She showcases the importance of sharing dreams with others to give them life, creating your own "dream team." Rich with real stories of women who have dared to dream, DARE, DREAM, DO offers a practical framework to realize one's true potential.

In her mid-twenties, Whitney found herself in New York, where she landed a secretarial job on Wall Street. With no relevant experience, and a bit shy on confidence, she contemplated her future and her dreams. Through determination and hard work, Whitney became an investment banker, moving to the analyst side of the business, executing the plans she'd laid out for herself. Naively, she thought most women were following similar paths until she started talking and found that many women were not daring to dream at all. It was because of these conversations that she started a blog in 2006, which became the inspiration for this book. DARE, DREAM, DO is full of remarkable stories of women, which will no doubt inspire others to follow suit. Although Whitney focuses on the stories of women, her blog is popular with men as well, and her advice speaks to either gender.

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By Melissa (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 17, 2012
I waffled on my rating for this book. I liked the topic and really appreciated Johnson's enouragement that we, especially as women, look beyond the lives of those we love and reach for dreams of our own. I need to be better at that. I wanted to feel driven to change. I appreciated some of the sto... ...more
By Karen (Boise, ID) · ★★★★☆ · May 10, 2012
I picked this book up as a tribute to Whitney, whom I knew when I lived in New York. I was interested in hearing what she had to say and frankly, curious to read the included stories of other New York friends. Very soon, however, I was appreciating the book and ideas for their own sake. I love th... ...more
By Melissa (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · August 05, 2012
This book started out well and then annoyed me for 2/3 of the rest. If you're religious and a mother, this book might be really good for you. But not everyone is. I could barely relate to story after story of just wanting to be a wife and mother. Yawn. I'm really surprised at the lack of inspirat... ...more
By GONZA (BERLIN, 10711, Germany) · ★★☆☆☆ · July 15, 2012
This is a book for women, the same women that have, most of the times, a lot of difficulties to have a career, a family and kids. The author try to help with suggestion, real life stories and her story too and at the end she says that if you dare to dream your dream and do something about it, goo... ...more
By Catherine (Fishers, IN) · ★★☆☆☆ · February 01, 2015
I’m kind of over it with books based on blogs, wherein the author cobbles together some old blog posts with a couple of sentences of filler in between. There are lots of limits to the blog post genre when it comes to deep thinking, and books made from blog posts tend to make that even more painfu... ...more
By Ellen (Brooklyn, NY) · June 09, 2013
Disclaimer: This might be a little more about how I've been approaching gender issues than it is about the book. BUT this line of thinking was prompted by the book, so I think it's relevant.

I've been following Whitney's articles / Twitter for a while, so when she mentioned the book was on sale fo... ...more
By Shirkani (Manchester, NH) · ★★★★★ · February 03, 2014
I enjoyed DDD so much, before I even finished it, I ordered two more copies for friends that I knew would benefit from Whitney’s message. Her own stories, combined with the many others in this book, are diverse yet all connect with a main theme of regaining focus and purpose-driven living. If you... ...more
By Дилара (Kazakhstan) · ★★★☆☆ · February 20, 2015
Эту книгу я, можно сказать, прочитала случайно. Очень хотела прочитать Барбару Шер "Мечтать не вредно", а перепутала ее с этой книгой. В итоге прочитала)) эта книга - не методика "как идти к своим мечтам", эта книга примеров, причем примеров только женских. Почитать можно, но не обязательно. ...more
By Tessa (Salt Lake City, UT) · ★★★☆☆ · February 24, 2015
I was hoping for a lot more from this book in the way of self help/ instructions for how to fulfill your dreams. I don't know, I guess it just kind of fell flat for me. I am a stay at home mom of 3/ co-op homeschooling teacher for 2 other families so I have a lot on my plate already, but I still... ...more