Whitney_Johnson_HeadshotDo you dare to disturb the universe? Do you dare to truly show up so that your dreams can find you?

In her Bold Talk from this year's INBOUND 2013 conference, investment firm co-founder and book author Whitney Johnson challenges us to suit up and show up.

Deftly weaving threads of personal tragedy, professional failure, and important research on success, Whitney shows the extreme importance of actually, wholly, and genuinely showing up when we go after our dreams. 

Show up. No, really show up.

Most of us can safely say we "never, ever, ever, ever, ever give up," as Winston Churchill once famously urged. But as life hands us unexpected challenges and the harsh realities of economic necessity whittle away at our energy and hopes, do we stop showing up?

Drawing on a variety of sources, from pop culture, to academic research, to personal stories, Whitney Johnson demonstrates that the causal mechanism for achieving our dreams, even amongst the best and brightest, is showing up: As we suit up, our dreams will too.

Whitney Johnson is a leading thinker on driving innovation via personal disruption and co-founder of Clayton Christensen’s investment firm Rose Park Advisors (Disruptive Innovation Fund). Ms. Johnson is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, a LinkedIn Influencer, Senior Advisor to the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, and former double-ranked Institutional Investor equity analyst. She is also the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream (Bibliomotion, 2012), and is listed on Wall Street Journal’s 20 Wealth Managers to Follow on Twitter and Inc. Magazine’s 12 People to Follow on Twitter in 2012.

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Whitney Johnson Bold Talk Graphic Recording

Graphic recording by Kingman Ink.

Whitney Johnson is co-founder of Rose Park Advisors. You can follow her on Twitter at @JohnsonWhitney.

INBOUND 2013, attended by over 5,500 inbound marketers, entrepreneurs, and executives, included an INBOUND: Bold Talks experimental storytelling stage. We will publish each talk righthere in the Opinion section until all 36 are online.

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Originally published Nov 19, 2013 8:00:00 AM, updated January 18 2023