Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life (Hardcover)
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Get ready to focus on the single most important thing you can do to live a happy, healthy, and successful life: BELONG.
“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
About the Author
A successful social entrepreneur, impact investor, inventor, speaker, and lifelong community builder, Radha Agrawal founded Daybreaker, the grassroots, sober early-morning dance phenomenon. What began in 2013 as a social experiment with her friend has grown into a bona fide dance movement with events in 23 cities across North America, Europe, and Asia and over 350,000 loyal community members and is growing rapidly. Daybreaker has inspired lifelong friendships, surprise engagements, and transformational experiences for community members. It has been described as “the Studio 54 for millennials” and “the future of nightlife.” Daybreaker has expanded its offerings into a full lifestyle brand including a content channel and apparel line, and is going further to include a food and beverage line and fitness studios. It has been featured in thousands of publications including the New York Times, The Washington Post, Good Morning America, GQ, and SNL, among others, with over a billion social media impressions.
Radha is also an angel investor with over a dozen exciting start-ups whose investors also include Beyoncé, Mark Cuban, Peter Thiel, and Troy Carter. She travels around the world speaking on social entrepreneurship and community building. She is the recipient of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award and has been touted as “1 of 8 women who will change the world” by MTV. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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
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