Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It

Reviewed by:

G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.


Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It


 Bob Goff


Thomas Nelson

Publication Date:

June 9, 2020




254 pages


Most of us have dreams we want to pursue, but most of us give those dreams up at some point. Life’s responsibilities seem to make it impossible to find passions again. We get bitter or at least disenchanted. Bob Goff argues that there’s still time to pursue those dreams once people learn to understand themselves. He outlines how people can develop a better understanding of themselves, what their passions are and how they can use that knowledge to pursue big dreams.

Goff’s writing style exudes enthusiasm, charisma and a various other traits that motivational speakers use when they write books. However, Goff does several things that set him apart from that crowd. First, he doesn’t try to give readers a self-help approach. He argues in the introduction that this book isn’t about self-help, but rather “self-discovery.” The point is to figure out one’s skills, weaknesses and passions. From there, people can figure out the new direction in life they want to pursue. Second, he’s honest that this won’t be an easy path. He admits there will be setbacks and mistakes. In one section, Goff says that he allows himself several huge mistakes every year. This keeps readers from developing impossible expectations, giving them a healthy outlook so they stick with their new goals. Consequently, this book gives more than just the usual slick promises. Rather, Goff gives readers a compelling vision of the freedom that comes with finding a better direction and pursuing it.

A humorous, helpful guide to a life that is more than self-empowered and is genuinely well-lived.


Rating (1 to 5 stars)

4 stars

Suggested Audience

Readers interested in how to develop a stronger sense of their gifts and flaws so they can find new direction in life.

Christian Impact

Goff doesn’t refer to Christianity throughout the book, but his understanding of people having a calling to pursue is clearly set in a Judeo-Christian understanding that people are born with a purpose and God-given skill sets.

Dream Big: Know What You Want, Why You Want It, and What You’re Going to Do About It

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