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Posted May 30, 2012
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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Posted August 17, 2012
I think humans are innately creators and dreamers. Somewhere along the
way, for most of us, we were taught, encouraged, required to push those
inherent capabilities to the back and obey the status quo (e.g., public
education). Who says? Where is this written? Nowhere! Whitney asks us
to stop listening to what the world tells us to conform to – especially
us women. We have the right, even the imperative to dream. If we
don’t, who will? So many studies show that kids pay more attention to
what their parents do than what they say – doesn’t that mean we need to
free ourselves up to dream? And then to try to make those dreams
reality? If we don’t, how will the next generation learn to? Given our
economic and social situation today, we must (re-) learn to dream - to
dream big, unconventionally, intentionally and based on integrity.
Three quotes had the biggest impact on me in Dare, Dream, Do: • “The
only safe harbor is our convictions…because it ensures we are honest to
our core values.”: at a fundamental level, all we have, the only thing
that cannot be taken away, is our core set of values. We can lose our
‘stuff’, we can even lose those we love – but no one, unless we let
them, can take away our convictions – and that is what we must build our
dreams upon; it is the only way to assure our dreams are authentic and
valuable; • “Sometimes we set out to be competent. At other times our
competence is simply the unintended consequence of doing what needs to
be done…”: how many times do we undermine our dreams by thinking we
don't have the required skills, talents, experiences? Think about it –
how many entrepreneurs were experts in their fields when they started?
Not many – but they had a burning passion they needed to fulfill – and
that’s a critical competency – unswerving passion; • “Hell is a place
where nothing connects with nothing.” T. S. Eliot commenting on Dante’s
“Inferno”: for me, this is the definition of hell. Our dreams bring
people, real needs and solutions together – our dreams can connect dots
that many thought could never be connected. Whitney’s book is divided
into three parts: 1) Dare – go for it, suspend disbelief and dare to
dream – and dream big; 2) Dream – find your dream – perhaps it’s been
suppressed, perhaps it needs to be discovered, but find it; and 3) Do it
– stop rationalizing why you can’t and start telling yourself why you
can. For many, none of this is easy and for some it can be quite
scary. That’s why Whitney provides the framework for making dreams come
true – no matter how big, how small, how complex, how simple, but all
impactful. Read the book, take notes, start a plan….and Dream.
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