Dare to Dream Course’s References

You’ll find here references to the key resources that helped and inspired us to design the Dare to Dream course.


Making Migration Work: Understanding Forced Labour amongst Migrant Domestic Workers in Asia, SEEFAR 2019 Report, Research funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation.
Making Migration Work

The Borrowing Puzzle: Why Do Filipino Domestic Workers in Hong Kong Borrow rather than Dissave? Wooyoung Limb & Sujata Visaria, Asian Development Review, Volume 37 Issue 2, September 2020, p.77-99. Research funded by HKUST Institute for Emerging Market Studies.
The Borrowing Puzzle

The Value of Care, Key Contributions of Migrant Domestic Workers to Economic Growth and Family Well-being in Asia, Commissioned research study by Experian, in partnership with Enrich


The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT, Russ Harris, 2007
Russ Harris explains that the way most of us opts for finding happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) new psychotherapy based on cutting-edge research in behavioral psychology. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT helps you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life.

Happy Ever After: Financial Freedom isn’t a Fairytale, Michael Gilmore, Wiley, 2021
Michael Gilmore is passionate about financial education. Triggered by questions from his daughter, he decided to write a book about how to reach financial freedom. Based on a simple formula (if you manage to save and invest 25 times your yearly spendings, you can stop working) and a very small amount of money (saving 7 dollars a day can make you become a Millionaire), he teaches us the main principles of financial management through an enlightening and entertaining discussion between a princess and a croak.

Everything is Figureoutable, Marie Forleo, 2019
Everything is Figureoutable will retrain your brain to think more creatively and positively in the face of setbacks. In the words of Cheryl Strayed, it’s “a must-read for anyone who wants to face their fears, fulfill their dreams, and find a better way forward.”

The Thousand Dollar Journal, Michael Gilmore, Hardnox, 2020
The Thousand Dollar Journal is a financial literacy journal based on the concept of the Seven Dollar Millionaire (see Happy Ever After), developed with students from the National University of Singapore, and trialled with foreign domestic workers. The Journal teaches useful saving tips and simple investing methods with the help of a journal tracking spendings and savings through your week.


The Knowledge Project by Shane Parrish and Farnam Street:
A podcast to master the best of what other people have already figured out.

> We recommend listening to episode #86 Create Lasting Change with BJ Fogg about how we make habits, how we break them, how emotions and stories impact them and what motivates us.

The Life Coach School Podcast by Brooke Castillo:
A podcast to learn, grow and develop our coaching and self-coaching skills.

>We recommend listening to episode 304 Being Selfish about how the misunderstanding of selfishness holds a lot of people – women especially – back. Selfishness can be positive and associated with self-care.

The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes: https://open.spotify.com/show/07GQhOZboEZOE1ysnFLipT
A podcast that shares inspiring interviews from the most successful people on the planet to inspire us to unlock our inner greatness and live your best life.

> We recommend listening to episode 989 A Mental Health Toolkit: Defeat Loneliness & Learn to Love Yourself with Kai Morton about the need to decrease the stigma around mental health issues, how to overcome loneliness, the value of vulnerability and how to recognize and combat depression.

Being Well by Dr Rick Hanson: https://open.spotify.com/show/5d87ZU1XY0fpdYNSEwXLVQ
A podcast to explore how we can become happier, build inner strengths and get the most out of life.

> We recommend listening to episode Everything is Figureoutable with Marie Forleo about how to build a mindset that allows us to meet our challenges from a place of determination, ingenuity and open heartedness.

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes by Gregg Clunis:
A podcast to explore how the day-to-day behaviors we all engage in determine the results we gain in our lives. It shares simple strategies you can implement into your life to start moving the needle towards your biggest goals.

We recommend listening to episode 582 Two Unique Ways to Build Self-Confidence about 2 concrete things we can do today to start building our self-confidence.