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Bob Goff

Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You're Going to Do About It

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Dream Big by Bob Goff is a motivational book that encourages readers to chase their wildest dreams and to overcome their fears in order to live their best life. Through personal anecdotes and practical advice, Goff inspires readers to take action towards their goals.

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    To connect with your dreams, you have to dig right into who you are.

    Many people get sidetracked on the way to achieving what they want in life. That’s often because they’ve forgotten what it is they wanted in the first place.

    Don’t be that person. You don’t want to reach the end of your life never having started the things you used to dream about. So, how can you get back on track with your life goals? Start by figuring out who you are.

    The key message here is: To connect with your dreams, you have to discover who you are.

    There are many reasons why you might have forgotten who you are. Maybe you’re lost in the wrong career or tangled up in a relationship that’s not right for you. Maybe money worries consume your thoughts. If you've forgotten who you are, set aside some time to get to know yourself.

    You should approach this as if you’re meeting yourself after a long absence, like reconnecting with an old friend. Understanding who you are requires that you set time aside to do only this. As getting this process right is so important, it’s crucial that you take it as seriously as any doctor’s appointment. In fact, the author has a friend who parks her car outside of a dialysis center each week – not to have dialysis, but just to make sure she takes this process of self-reflection seriously.

    Getting to know yourself can be scary. With self-examination, you’ll have to face up to some difficult truths, feelings, and fears. Perhaps you’ll find that you’ve always wanted to live abroad but have convinced yourself to stay put. Or, perhaps, you’ll find that you’ve put off going to college because you’re worried about financial stability. Maybe you’ll learn that what you want, more than anything, is to be a parent – and to do that means ending your relationship.

    In order to understand what really motivates you, you’ll have to dig below the surface. Imagine for a moment, that your mind is like a winter scene – large drifts of snow and swirling flurries. To get to the meaningful stuff, you need to reach the deep, silent ice cave underneath the snow. If you can enter that deep place in yourself, you can begin to get back to who you are – and pursue your dreams.

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    What is Dream Big about?

    Dream Big (2020) shows us how we can reconnect with our dreams and turn them into reality. Rather than a life half-lived, Dream Big encourages us to dig into our deepest motivations, face our obstacles, and make plans for our most cherished ambitions.

    Dream Big Review

    Dream Big (2020) is an inspiring book that encourages readers to pursue their wildest dreams and live a life filled with purpose. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It offers practical strategies and actionable advice to help readers turn their dreams into reality.
    • Through compelling stories and personal experiences, the book provides motivation and inspiration to overcome obstacles and pursue goals.
    • The book reminds us that it's never too late to dream big and make a difference in the world, instilling a sense of optimism and possibility.

    Who should read Dream Big?

    • Anyone looking to reconnect with their dreams
    • People in the wrong career, wrong relationship, or wrong life
    • Those in need of the courage to start again

    About the Author

    Bob Goff is a lawyer, speaker, and author of the New York Times best sellers Love Does; Everybody, Always; and Love Does for Kids. Goff also founded Love Does, a nonprofit organization that works for freedom, human rights, and educational opportunity around the world.

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    What is the main message of Dream Big?

    The main message of Dream Big is to pursue your dreams with courage and live a life of purpose.

    How long does it take to read Dream Big?

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    Is Dream Big a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Dream Big is an inspiring read worth your time. It offers valuable insights and encourages you to embrace your passions.

    Who is the author of Dream Big?

    The author of Dream Big is Bob Goff.

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