Several months ago, my friend Kathleen Stone introduced me to Manhattan entrepreneur Janna Taylor. Knowing of Janna's pedigree and track record, I was surprised to read that she had initially been defensive when people suggested she open her own tutoring business. I had unequivocally believed that if people saw possibilities for us that we couldn't ourselves see, we would be grateful and excited. Yet as I reflected on my own life, I found that this has not always been the case. But here's what I discovered -- the more defensive I become, the closer I am to identifying my dream. Having pinpointed defensiveness as a bane, but especially a boon, to daring to dream, I've asked Janna to 'tell her story'. May you be as encouraged as I was.