Book Review: Dream Save Do by Betsy and Warren Talbot

dream save do book review

The hardest thing for most dreamers is figuring out how to make the dream a reality. Well actually, that’s probably the toughest part for anyone — taking that first step is always tough.

Do you need an action plan? Then this is the book for you!

Since starting a new path this year with my career, this blog and my life in general, I found I had a lot of dreams, but didn’t know how to create a plan to reach them.

A couple months ago I connected with the authors of Dream Save Do: An Action Plan For Dreamers, and they mentioned they would be releasing a second edition. (I already read their other book, Getting Rid of It, and absolutely loved it.)

Since the first version of Dream Save Do topped my list of 10 must-read books to live your dream, I knew I had to read the updated version.

What is Dream Save Do?

Many of us keep putting off our dreams and visions until “Some Day” and this is the same thing that Warren and Betsy did — until they had huge wake up call in 2008.

Since then they spent two years working hard to make their dream of traveling the world a reality. They quit their corporate jobs, scrimped and saved, sold stuff and did whatever they could to make their dream happen.

Now, all the sacrifice has paid off and they are living their dream of constantly traveling while writing books, and sharing their story.

Warren and Betsy will show you how to:

  • Define your dream and put a price on it
  • Create a Vault to safeguard your dream cash
  • Maintain your motivation with a little bit of Dream Porn
  • Recruit friends and family to your cause
  • Create a Phrase to Save when temptation strikes
  • Brainstorm creative ways to make additional cash
  • Get back on track after a screwup

About the Author(s)

Warren and Betsy Talbot were the typical married couple; house, corporate job, tons of crap. Until events happened in their lives that made them realize how little control they had in their own lives. These events shook them so deeply that they decided not to wait any longer, not to put off their dream. So they spent the next 25 months getting rid of everything and stockpiling a ton of cash so they could take a trip around the world. Warren and Betsy are all about empowering you to live your dream, whatever it may be. Their goals are to open your mind to the possibilities that exist in your life and to teach you steps that will get you where you want to go. – Source

About the book

The book is broken into 3 sections, a Dream section, a Save section and a Do section. Each one addresses the mental, emotional and financial aspects of reaching your goal.

By the time you’re finished with the book you will, without a doubt, have a complete plan of action and begin your journey of turning your dream into a reality.

This book is a powerful, step-by-step plan you can use to achieve the dream you’ve been putting off for far too long.

Dream Save DoSection 1: Dream

  • Chapter 1: Discover Your Dream
  • Chapter 2: Make It Real

  • Chapter 3: Align With Your Partner
  • Chapter 4: Create Your Dream Porn
  • Chapter 5: Put a Number on It
  • Chapter 6: Set the Date

Section 2: Save

  • Chapter 7: Secure Your Vault
  • Chapter 8: Calculate Current Spending
  • Chapter 9: Eliminate Credit Card Debt
  • Chapter 10: Create Your Phrase To save
  • Chapter 11: Analyze and Cut Expenses
  • Chapter 12: Develop Your Road Map

Section 3: Do

  • Chapter 13: Produce Additional Income
  • Chapter 14: Preform Monthly Reviews
  • Chapter 15: Establish Social Support
  • Chapter 16: Enrich Your Life

Even if you just read through the book and don’t take much action, it will still greatly impact your life. You can’t help but be inspired by the author’s story and point of view.

Plus once you get clear on what your dream really is, it’s hard not to create a plan to reach it!

My biggest takeaway

The Talbots wrote Dream Save Do: An Action Plan For Dreamers, so you will start taking action! Some of the things are small steps while others are more challenging, but they start you off easy.

You can choose to read the entire book all at once and then go back through it to complete all the steps, or you can do the steps as you read it.

Since I already read through the first version, I decided to do each step as I came to it — and now I have a complete action plan for reaching my dream (and quite frankly I’m thrilled!).

Once you discover what your dream is and get on the same page as your spouse (or accountability partner) it’s time for some porn — Dream Porn that is!

The Talbots encourage you to create your own Dream Porn, in the form of a vision board, dream board, map with darts, whatever you like. The point is to have your dream front-and-center every day!

Creating my own Dream Board
Creating my Dream Board

So what are you waiting for?! Grab the book, find a spot to read and start making your dreams happen!

You’ve already waited long enough — worked at the job you hate long enough, been unhappy long enough, and said “Some Day” long enough — now’s the time to take action.

Buy the book

[I did not get paid to write this, and I did personally read the book. As always, the opinions expressed are my own.]
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  1. Dreaming is great when you put an action plan in place to get.there. ring now we are focused on the student loans but as we get closer to paying them off we will be setting up new dreams and actions plans for sure! Itnmight even make us more motivated to get.the debt paid off!

    • Carrie Smith says:

      Oh absolutely! At least when I was getting out of debt, having a dream in front of me was very motivating. I think it could be for you guys too. 🙂

  2. Betsy Talbot says:

    Carrie, I love your dream porn and your mantra: From Unstuck to Unstoppable. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book and can’t wait to see your dreams come true.

    • Carrie Smith says:

      Thank you Betsy! I wouldn’t have been so inspired to do so without your wonderful words in the book. It’s one of those resources I’ll keep around and refer to for a long time. My thanks to you both for writing it!

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