At four months prior to the launch of Dare, Dream, Do, Rusty Shelton, one of the publicists associated with Bibliomotion, said, "Whitney, you need to come up with a campaign, like Tony Schwartz' brilliant Take Back Your Lunch." Sure thing, I thought. I routinely scatter marketing ideas like dandelions to the wind.
But then nothing. For weeks. Nothing.
In the interim, I'd become enamored with Pinterest, thanks to Emily Snyder's fantastic cubicle decor. But still nothing. Until I began to rely on and collaborate with people like Becky Robinson. As she and I were brainstorming one morning, the idea came.
I love quotes. I continually retweet and repin them. They inspire me. In Dare, Dream, Do, one of my favorite chapters includes quotes that encapsulate my beliefs, a chapter which never would have been written w/o contributor/editor Melissa Stanton's urging. Why not compile my favorite quotes related to dreaming, ask Aarean Jergensen to graphically render them, and upload them to Pinterest?
Becky then said, why not also create an ebook, one with quality images that can be downloaded, printed, and framed so that we have visual reminders of daring and dreaming?
Now that the book is complete, I'm squealing with delight and I want my friends to be the first to have it. Leave a comment below, and I'll e-mail you a copy.
All of this wouldn't be happening without your well-timed words of encouragement, your tremendously rich commentary, and the stories of your dreams; you are like strawberries, sunshine and sweetness, and I am deeply grateful.
If you find yourself wanting to help share this message, something that would be extra helpful is to use this link and send it to your friends encouraging them to Dare, Dream, Do via Facebook. Your friends will be eligible to win one of several prizes, including an autographed copy of the book, as well as participating in my very first Dare, Dream, Do (U)niversity correspondence course, during which a handful of us will work through (via phone and e-mail) my 3-part model for achieving your dreams.
Said Ralph Waldo Emerson, "“Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.”
Thank you for everything.
Didn't Aarean Jersgensen do a fantastic job on the quotes?
What is your favorite quote on the Pinterest page?
Any "dream" quotes you'd like to see graphically rendered?
P.P.S. Here's one more blurb.
Whitney Johnson has written a book that will inspire you to write your own story and invent your own dreams and in Dare-Dream-Do, Whitney provides a roadmap to help give your dreams life. As a big believer in the power of dreaming, I recommend this book to help you take your dreams from possibility to a reality you never knew existed. -- Maxine Clark, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Bear, Build-A-Bear Workshop