Review of Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute

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[Following is a volunteer review of "Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute" by Jeff Meyer.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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Reader, do you have dreams? Do you have goals you want to achieve? Does it feel like something is holding you back? Does it feel like there’s a part of your life that keeps you from achieving them?

Jeff Meyer’s Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute addresses those things. It looks at what’s holding us back in our daily lives, teaching us how to get around them and follow our dreams. A quick and easy read, it’s a book that looks at the power of dreaming and how it can motivate us to be the best version of ourselves that we can hope to be. From start to finish, there are lessons on how to dream and how to bring them into being.

One of the things I liked about this book is that it doesn’t hesitate to encourage dreaming. In fact, the first half of the book provides thirty lessons on how to dream, including opening yourself to other people and letting yourself be vulnerable. Meyer centers this on his belief in Jesus, but I think these lessons can be applied broadly, regardless of one’s religious beliefs or lack thereof. They’re rooted in faith and a belief in something bigger than yourself, but the book is also very cognizant of the individualistic nature of dreaming:
“Dreams have a general and specific nature to them, which makes sense because they spring from the hearts of individuals who have general and specific callings.”

(pg. 48)
I also liked that the book also had an equal number of lessons devoted to executing these dreams. For every concept like 3D Thoughtfulness (which stands for de-cluttering, devotion to and delighting in God), there’s something that leads to making your dreams a reality. One of the most helpful lessons encouraged reducing one’s screen time, especially on social media. While I haven’t tried it myself, I can see how it can be applied effectively.

However, I do think the book did have one downside. A lot of the points were quite repetitive. I do understand that the author wanted to come back to his points about faith being key to one’s success. However, there are moments where it feels like lessons could be condensed. For example, the lesson about distractions in the second section could have been combined with a later lesson focused on one’s social media presence.

Furthermore, the book positions itself as a self-help book, but it relies heavily on the author’s own experiences. While there is nothing necessarily wrong with writing from this perspective, it’s not something that can be applied universally. As such, my rating went down over time.

That said, this is a great book that’s written and edited exceptionally well. That’s why I’m giving it 3 out of 4 stars for this and the above reasons. Furthermore, I think there’s some use to be found for the advice within, so I’ll recommend it to those who wish to make some kind of change in their lives.

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