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

3.41  ·  Rating Details  ·  152 Ratings  ·  39 Reviews
Thinkers50 Management Thinker of 2015 Whitney Johnson 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 happi ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 8th 2012 by Bibliomotion (first published September 13th 2011)
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Sep 17, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
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 stories from other women's lives that were shared -- but that also brought on the problem for me. While I thought the stories were nice, it seemed to be a book about people's stories. I didn't feel like the ...more
Not my cup. I liked a lot of what she had to say, but it felt really superficial. I suspect part of my feeling that way comes from having actually explored the "how" rather than just the "why."

That said, I was also super put off by the religious angle and how Johnson suggests it's a vital part of living your dreams and daring to do those things. I disagree. I think there's a major difference in putting your faith into the universe vs a religion, and that, paired with how focused this is on weir
Aug 16, 2012 Muffi rated it did not like it
I came to the book expecting practical how-to advice from a seasoned professional who balances family and career as beautifully as the author does. I kept thinking, as I read it, that it sounded more like a blog than a book. Then, on page 142, I saw that she forgot to edit the phrase "blog post" to say "book," and let it slip that the whole book is a collection of blog posts. There are numerous guest bloggers throughout the book (complete with links to their sites) who have sweet things to say a ...more
May 10, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
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 the honest and respectful discussion of the many paths women take with their lives, coupled with the encouragement to keep dreaming and doing even as we find the right path for ourselves. My reaction to th ...more
May 11, 2012 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
A few weeks ago when my friend suggested that I read this 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 would 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 inspiring a nice, sa
Aug 05, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
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 inspiration or new information based on the impressive recommendations for this book. I feel like it was written for women in their 40s and 50s who are wives and mothers. As a 30 something, I could not relate. I ...more
Ellen Chisa
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 for Kindle, I decided it was a good time to pick up a copy. I was expecting a book that was typical-HBS press - studies saying "well, if you focus on high level aspirational goals in your organization, etc
Jul 15, 2012 GONZA rated it it was ok
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, good things happen to help you fulfill it, but you really have to do something about that, which is way more better than "The secret" and the law of attraction, in my opinion anyway.

Questo è un libro scritt
Mar 02, 2013 Amalia rated it did not like it
A previous reviewer captured precisely my sense of this book- it may be a wonderful thing for people who have very different lives than mine (in particular, married with children and devoutly religious).
I'm starting to believe that I need a new shelf entitled "Abandon ship!" since this one was another that I was unable to finish. I was willing to give it one more chapter and hit the chapter on feminine identity. Instead of dealing with the robust set of issues surrounding women's culturally exp
Aug 26, 2014 Andreia rated it did not like it
The book is encouraging and the idea of pursuing your dreams is a great topic. However, I prefer to read books that are more centered in the author's idea instead of a collection of other people's story. I agree with Jenny that the book is more like a blog.
Sep 26, 2015 Alicia rated it it was ok
won this book in a literal rock paper scissors battle, so decided to read it while internet was down and I was too lazy to go to the library. it was very bootstrappy and repetitive, especially with all the mentions of psyche from greek mythology. it was also very geared toward moms, which I am not, so maybe I would have appreciated it more if I was? I was also kind of uncomfortable with the whole thing about women having specific personality traits (like empathy and being social and stuff) becau ...more
Catherine Gillespie
Feb 01, 2015 Catherine Gillespie rated it it was ok
Shelves: balance
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 painfully clear. But this book takes it to another level by using posts not by the author, but by other people. And then the author sort of strung the posts together with asides and reiterations and strained u ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Jodi rated it liked it
I first heard about this book via an interview Whitney did with Jonathan Fields for his Good Life Project. I loved everything about her from that interview, so I knew I had to read the book.

The idea of dreaming and doing actually echoes the ideas from some of the other books I've read recently, including The Icarus Deception and The Element. These authors must all be drinking from the same glass of Kool-Aid cause they all tell us essentially the same thing: figure out what you're good at, what y
Rose Smith
Dec 26, 2015 Rose Smith rated it liked it
There are some things I really enjoyed about this book--like the questions she wrote at the end of each chapter. Great questions to really get you thinking about your dreams, goals, etc. I wasn't a huge fan of all the excerpts from other women. I felt like it was a good idea, but it felt a bit too much like I was reading a bunch of blogs and not a book by one author. I saw the author speak and that is the reason why I bought her book. I guess I just wanted to read more from the author and not ot ...more
Jen Shirkani
Feb 03, 2014 Jen Shirkani rated it it was amazing
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 have a dusty dream or haven’t thought about it before, this book provides some simple yet effective strategies for creating a more fulfilling life and regaining your personal power.
May 25, 2015 Stacey rated it really liked it
Sometimes as a stay-at-home mom it's easy to put your dreams on hold or forget about them entirely as you commit yourself to the sole purpose and dream of raising a family. I appreciated all of the insights and inspiration in this book for remembering what my dreams are, identifying my talents and abilities, and overcoming perfection in order to move forward with learning new skills and starting new adventures.
Feb 03, 2016 Jenni rated it liked it
Whitney Johnson asks some very thought provoking questions that I found interesting, and I enjoyed a lot of the women's stories that she told. I did however find her examples to be very elitist and 1st world if you will. There were no stories about average women who change their world - the sphere directly around them and their neighbors and loved ones. This is a book of for the 1% primarily.
Дилара Аронова
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.
Sep 19, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, career, 2014
I've been reading this book at work, little by little, so it's taken me forever to get through. I took three pages of notes, and I'm excited to go back and put together a succinct summary and action plan related to the ideas that stood out as most important for me. I like that this book isn't just about career dreams; it's about life dreams. Johnson acknowledges that there are other aspects of life that are important and sometimes focusing on achieving those dreams means that our career plans ch ...more
Feb 24, 2015 Tessa rated it liked it
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 want to find space in my life for me. I was hoping this book would help me do that, but it just didn't. I wasn't too into the 1st and 3rd sections, but the middle was good. I liked the variety of stories ...more
Jan 05, 2016 Jill rated it it was amazing
This book was so inspiring to me. Having heard Johnson speak in person, it was wonderful to see her practical yet innovative approach to setting goals and living your dreams. Perhaps my favorite outcome of reading, though, was to realize how many of my dreams (planned and unexpected) I was already living. Truly a wonderful read, especially for the New Year.
Oct 01, 2012 Mary rated it liked it
I read the book and then had the opportunity to hear Whitney Johnson, the author, speak briefly at a luncheon I attended.

A few thoughts about the book:

1. I love the concepts, however, most are probably not a reality for many women.

2. The book, I believe, is more effective for women that are ready to focus on the next chapter of their lives after their first career ~ perhaps women in their 40s, 50s, or olders.

3. Being a woman in my 40s, I believe the author's concepts are solid.

4. If you are just
Marilyn Eichorn
Oct 15, 2015 Marilyn Eichorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life is daring to dream

I enjoyed all the examples given by different people of the ways they pursued their dreams that all fit together in the book.
Mar 08, 2015 Kristen rated it liked it
This book was fine, but I didn't find it particularly motivating and sometimes felt like the writing wasn't the best.
Nov 01, 2015 Shante rated it really liked it
As women often times we find ourselves living docile domestic lives and the message in this book: while you can honor your innate nurturer, you can also be the star of you life. Dare, Dream, Do encourages women to find their inner voice and be true to whatever it is it has to say. It includes some pretty inspiring quotes and awesome personal accounts from women around the world daring to dream. A very feminist friendly, girl power, read. Loved it! Are you the hero of your story? I am (well, I'm ...more
Jun 12, 2012 Deidre rated it liked it
Nothing too revolutionary here on the self-help spectrum but this book is a good reminder that in order to achieve our dreams we have to remember what they are. This book encourages women, who can tend to put others first, to take the starring role in their own loves. Perhaps the best part of the book is all the stories written by women from all walks of life, sharing successes and frustrations. Lots of the stories were by wives and mothers looking to balance being a good mother with pursuing th ...more
Sep 26, 2012 C.G.Koens rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-book-list
I'll be honest, I wasn't in love with this book. However, there were some really valuable reminders - especially towards the end - of how dreams change throughout your life, and it's so much that you find a dream and hang on to it forever and ever, as much as it is that you dream at all. Maybe your dream is to raise a family - but once the kids are grown, make time to dream a new dream! Without dreaming big and taking a risk, I wouldn't have the job I hold today - it was worth dreaming about.
Dec 29, 2014 Kylene rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldnt-finish
I just couldn't get into this book. I bought it after a TOFW event where I heard the author speak. Her talk really touched me, and I hoped to get more insight from her book. I felt like this was a collection of other people's success stories (which, don't get me wrong, were very inspiring and admirable). I was expecting this to be more of a how-to book as far as reaching your dreams. Maybe I didn't get far enough into the book. I just didn't care for it.
Kim Justice
Aug 01, 2013 Kim Justice rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: my readers of self help
Shelves: reviewed
I picked this book up a few months ago and thought: Okay, lets just see how author Whitney Johnson can teach me how to dare, dream and do more. And for the most part I did enjoy reading it.

Some of the suggestions within these pages:
Breath of Life
Holly Broadbent
Oct 10, 2013 Holly Broadbent rated it liked it
i think i would have enjoyed reading this a book a little more if i wasn't under pressure to finish it and if i hadn't just read 15 books in 1 month. So if you are interested in reading a good, uplifting, and inspiring pro-woman-power book, go for it and disregard this "meh" review.
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Whitney Johnson is an investor, speaker, author, and leading thinker on driving corporate innovation through personal disruption. Johnson is a Founder and Managing Director of Springboard Fund, and co-founder of Rose Park Advisors along with Clayton Christensen where they led the seed round for Korea’s Coupang, currently valued at $5+ billion. Having served as president from 2007-2012, Johnson was ...more
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