Belong: Find Your People, Create Community & Live a More Connected Life ハードカバー – 2018/9/4
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“Read this book, do what it says, and discover exactly where you fit in.”
—John Mackey, Co-founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market
“If you want to belong, read this book.”
—Deepak Chopra, MD
“From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. This book is caring and tender, challenging and action-driven. It is now on my recommendation list.”
—Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, host of Where Should We Begin? podcast
How is it that the internet connects us to a world of people, yet so many of us feel more isolated than ever? That we have hundreds, even thousands of friends on social media, but not a single person to truly confide in? Radha Agrawal calls this “community confusion,” and in Belong she offers every reader a blueprint to find their people and build and nurture community, because connectedness—as more and more studies show—is our key to happiness, fulfillment, and success.
A book that’s equal parts inspiring and interactive, and packed with prompts, charts, quizzes, and full-color illustrations, Belong takes readers on a two-part journey. Part one is Going IN—a gentle but intentional process of self-discovery and finding out your true energy levels and VIA (values, interests, and abilities). Part two is Going OUT—building on all that you’ve learned about yourself to find those few special people who feed your soul, and discovering, or creating, the ever-widening groups that align with your aims and desires.
As the Co-founder and CEO of the popular global morning dance community Daybreaker, Radha Agrawal developed an immense offline community with her team of Community Catalysts in 25 cities and on a dozen college campuses around the world by creating a physical space for people to connect, self-express, sweat, and dance. Now, Radha offers the life-changing strategies, tips, and tricks for making friends that will light your fire and give you the exhale of “Ahh, I’m home.”
“Radha has written a book that’s fun to read, easy to digest, and embodies deep wisdom. This isn’t just a book I’m endorsing. This is a book that I want to buy multiple copies of because I have so many friends and acquaintances that will benefit from it. It’s the first book I couldn't wait to finish reading it so I could give my copy to one of my friends to read the same day.”
—Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos and author of Delivering Happiness
If you want to belong, read this book.
Deepak Chopra, M.D.
From the moment I opened this book I was hooked. Radha is that friend whispering in your ear, assuring you that not only does she understand your feelings of loneliness and your wish to belong, she'll also take you gently but firmly by the hand to act, to connect, to create purpose, and to build your community. This book is caring and tender, challenging and action-driven. It is now on my recommendation list.
Author, Mating in Captivity and The State of Affairs, host of Where Should We Begin podcast
Radha wrote a book that's fun to read, easy to digest, and embodies deep wisdom. This isn't just a book I'm endorsing. This is a book that I want to buy multiple copies of because I have so many friends and acquaintances that will benefit from it. It's the first time I couldn't wait to finish reading a book so that I could give my copy to one of my friends to read the same day.
CEO of Zappos. Author of Delivering Happiness
This year America's happiness dropped as healthcare costs continue to soar. Radha has a solution for both. Her engaging, high-energy approach to connecting people, helping them provide purpose, and finding their community is an antidote more powerful than any pharmaceutical. Belong combines engaging story-telling, solid research, and an easy prescription for finding your tribe and harnessing its incredible healing powers. Read it and live longer, better!
National Geographic fellow and multiple New York Times Bestselling author of the Blue Zones books
Belong answers two of the most important questions of our time regarding loneliness, depression, and the disintegration of family and community. How do we belong to ourselves? And how do we create and belong to extraordinary communities that support and uplift us? Radha Agrawal provides a clear and honest roadmap for teaching us how to create inner and outer belonging, which in the end is all that truly matters in life.
Mark Hyman, MD
Director, Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
Few people know how to live life with such authentic expression as Radha does. In this book she shows us, in a clear and fun way, how and why this way of life can lead us all to the very thing we as humans desire the most: to belong.
Founder & Chairman, SoundCloud
Radha Agrawal is at the center of building one of the most important movements in America: the creation of deep community among a population of increasingly disconnected citizens. Belong takes the powerful lessons she's learned through her remarkable entrepreneurial journey and creates an essential guidebook for anyone who wants to create or be part of a thriving community among any group or around any cause.
Founder & CEO Change.org
Radha was born to write this book. She has spent the last decade maniacally focused on figuring out the blueprint for community building and this book cracks the code. Her illustrations make the book approachable and fun to read. I am so unbelievably proud of her achievement. It will help everyone find their tribes.
Founder of Tushy, Thinx, Wild. Author of Disrupt-her and Do Cool Sh*t
Having spent a decade in the self-help space and as the author of two books myself, I have read many books of this type. I love what the author is up to in the world with DayBreaker and I have friends that love following her on Instagram. I would give the author a 5 star as a human and businesswoman, however, this review is just about the book.
The book follows a "how to" formula, complete with changing fonts, images, cool acronyms and plenty of worksheets. (As a note, I was not able to find them all for the digital version when I went to the publisher's website.)
I would recommend this book for folks in their 20's and early 30's. It has a lot of solutions to young person problems like fomo, dealing with social groups, etc.
My biggest disappointment was the lack of meaningful, descriptive stories of the author's struggles as an entrepreneur. Personally, I learn best through story. I learn by feeling/hearing and living through some else's' journey. This book is not a provocative, depth-full look into what it is like to create a thriving social community and a community-based business, but rather a kind of playful, best-practices guide with a lot of very common ideas repackaged.
Surely there are 100's of interesting personal and business related stories that could illuminate the incredible journey the author has been on to create her thriving businesses. I was hoping we were going to get to peek behind the curtain, but what we got was a very well prepared slide show.
Abraham Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (1943) was pretty cool, but let's face it -- it could use an update. Radha does just that, putting belonging right at the bottom of the pyramid amongst humans' most basic needs. Especially in a world where most Americans live alone, have few to no confidants, and are disengaged from public service, connection is urgent medicine. As Jack Kornfield puts it, we are in the midst of a crisis of the heart. And the healing must come from us.
To that end, Agrawal offers practical solutions for cultivating healthy relationships and creating communities of belonging. First, get to know yourself a little better and become aware of your Green Ego (kind) vs Red Ego (mean). Listen less to the Mean Girls of comparison, perfectionism and judgment; hang with the Soul Sisters of inspiration, gratitude and curiosity. Know your values, abilities, and interests. Cut out negative people from your life. Ban gossip. Show up.
For me, the real gold of the book was in Agrawal's 6-step framework for intentional community building, followed by the CRAWL method. I have been attending Daybreaker events in 4 different cities since their inception 4 years ago, and they embody everything the book says. Core values, Ritual, Aesthetics, Why/What, Language: it totally works!
I particularly appreciate Agrawal's sounding the alarm about how our supremely addictive devices are wrecking our relationships. Her antidote: be the F-Yeah Friend, the one who says "F-Yeah!" and shows up every time.
This is an inspiring, honest, and practical manual for creating the kind of communities we all need and crave: ones that nurture our spirit. With heart and pragmatism born from deep experience, Radha gives us the roadmap. Read it and go make some new friends already.
-- Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil., Happiness Engineer and author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible, the highest-rated dating book on Amazon for 4 years, and Should I Go to Medical School?: An Irreverent Guide to the Pros and Cons of a Career in Medicine