• Belong

  • Find Your People, Create Community & Live a More Connected Life
  • By: Radha Agrawal
  • Narrated by: Radha Agrawal
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (248 ratings)

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By: Radha Agrawal
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It’s the great paradox of the digital age, what Radha Agrawal calls “community confusion” - the Internet connects us to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people, and yet we feel more isolated than ever, with one in four Americans saying they have zero friends to confide in. Where are our people? The answer is found in Belong, a highly energetic guide to discovering where and with whom you fit. 

After suffering her own bout of community confusion, Agrawal embarked on a journey that ultimately resulted in cofounding Daybreaker, a transformative phenomenon where thousands of people get up at the crack of dawn, meet in event spaces in 22 cities around the world, and dance. Now she’s distilled her experience for finding meaningful connections into a two-step process. 

The first step is going in. This includes determining what we want in a friend and community and what we offer, becoming intentional about our relationships, gauging the type of energy we emit and respond to, and understanding how we do - or don’t - show up for others. Then comes going out - how to find a few special friends who feed our soul; or how to find a fully engaged group with similar business, artistic, and social aims; or both. 

Connectedness is the most significant factor in human happiness - Belong is a creative blueprint for bringing this most important dimension back into our lives. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2018 Radha Agrawal (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful experience that will truly improve your life

Stop hanging out with the wrong people doing things that don’t fulfill and energize you, and choose how you spend your time and who you spend it with. In BELONG, Radha Agrawal beautifully explains how she found her tribe and built a truly global dance party, Daybreaker, with and for the people she loved. (If you've ever been to one of her Daybreaker parties, held monthly in 24 cities around the world, you’ve felt the strong sense of community and a feeling of belonging that radiates through the dance floor. It's a pulse that makes you simultaneously want to dance your face off and hug everyone!) The book navigates how she found and expanded a strong community of like-minded and like-spirited individuals. Radha sprinkles in interactive assignments that transform this easy listen into a productive, nourishing and introspective experience.

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Short and simple explanation for something difficult.

Step 1: become positive
Step 2: surround self with positive people
Step 3: do things you like to do with people you like

She touches on some pretty heavy topics such as self love and figuring out what kind of person you want to become. The book is short so she flies through it. I noticed the actual book has some cute designed pages to try her activities in. Overall I think it is well explained and broken down into simple language. This wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted something with more depth. I think it’s great for someone who wants to change but they don’t know how or why to start the journey. A great overview.

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Inspiring and sensible

Now I want to get the book for reference! This book touches on human essentials, values we all share; it offers wisdom and initiatives on how to foster community one person at a time. I will take a year to follow through and internalize the sage advice of “Belong.”

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I'd rather read the book

I'd rather read the book. Unfortunately I cannot handle the narrators voice. Some audibles are like that, this is one of them.

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Belong

I am so excited by the content of this wonderful book. I have been thinking about so many of the issues and themes in this book before reading it. You have put my thoughts and dreams on to paper and the air waves! Thank You my dear Writer!⭐️

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Valuable principles, but felt shamed more than not

There is good advice as guidance to be found here. When the author talks about her own experiences it's much easier to identify with and digest the central theme. However more often than not when the author is trying to dispense advice whole cloth, I felt brow beaten by the aggressive shaming of people using tech. i agree that a connected life is important and does see much more fulfilling, yet the book spends too much time assuming too much about the readers habits and inclinations. I wanted more of a path to get from where I am to where I want to be, and instead at many turns got a prescription for a life that is a few steps farther down the road than i can see.

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Inspiring!

This audiobook inspired me to be brave in meeting new people, adventurous in discovering new communities, and creative in caring for people. It showed me how wonderful a light-hearted and fun-loving approach to community can be. And it reminded me that building friendships and community takes intentionality, work, and commitment.

The concrete advice that Radha Agrawal offers is on-point, but the most impactful thing about listening to this book was simply being exposed to her creativity and ENERGY. I love how she included plenty of personal anecdotes - it made the book more entertaining and relatable.

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Great Book

Love this book, I'll listen again as I think the big concepts are refreshing in an era when most are more connected to virtual associations (FB, LinkedIn, IG, Twitter, etc) rather than real connections. People spend entire evenings on Twitter. I love the concept of building your own place of "belonging" actual physical places, and the many examples of how. I like the actual application including of how critical it is to first look inward; being the kind of person who we would want to be around. Example: We must be reliable, consistent, etc (all the other things each of us finds desirable in close friends and community members),

The reason for the 4 stars, way too many acronyms. If you need a dictionary for a book to define all the acronyms, it's too much. Not sure if she has a dictionary for this book, I recommend one since each chapter is littered with acronyms. The sales motto, keep it simple, really holds true. People remember ONE key acronym an author or speaker wants its readers/listeners to take away rather than each chapter containing several.

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Heart centered information

I enjoyed the story and the information very much.
Although the audio quality was off;which is why I gave the performance a 3star. Did anyone do audio editing? I'm a voice actor and do home recording.
I am very sensitive to audio quality.
Otherwise, the information shared is appreciated and valued very much
Thank you..

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Simple but important message

Belonging is an essential human need, something that many of us neglect in our lives. Radha does a great job of highlighting the importance of community. I didn’t really connect with all the references to her organization or hippie language, but overall her message was genuine, personal and powerful.

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  • Mrs J.
  • 02-26-22

We are tribal animal

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Belong by Radha Agrawal

Radha believes we are tribal animal and can only flourish within Community where we truly belong, despite our need for authentic community many of us no longer experience it. Radha is committed to proving this and ensuring that we all succeed at building our community.

Radha is fast, fluid and transient, changing right before our eyes as we read this book. Her vibe and energy is youthful, exuberant and optimistic.

Belong is the cookbook, the Idiot’s guide, manual, bible for how to be purposeful with a capital ‘P’ in building a community, finding our tribe that will nourish and nurture our existence. It destroys the notion that relationships just happens, that we stumble into it or it stumbles into us. we are to be intentional in formulating our community and she shows us how to.

I love Radha, I love this book, I like the mission, I like the way Radha gives confidence and hope to the socially awkward. She also left us with no false impression that this is something that will just fall on how laps. Finding and building our community like any worthwhile endeavour involves work, it takes time, involves effort and requires patience but the payoff is unquantifiable, the right community truly brings us into our own.

There is a youthful layout to the book, for me that adds to the charm, it’s easy, it’s gentle but it delivers. Well done Radha for a beautifully written book!

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  • Tanya S.
  • 08-05-20

Love

I love this book. It is enlightening to new ways of creating community.
Just dont go onto her social media feed which then seems to contradict what she says in her book. Then again, id still probably re-listen to this again & again

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  • Dan
  • 01-02-20

A let down - not applicable to most people

The author talks about inclusion and fear of being left out but literally advocates plotting your friends on a graph to decide which ones to exclude from your life. This book seems to be for people for have at least 100 friends already and who are living in a metropolitan city where there is an unlimited variety of people and interests. If this is not you then this book is unlikely to resonate. The 2 stars are for the authors enthusiasm and positive attitude which may be helpful. The core message is to be proactive and mindful when starting and developing your relationships which is a great message- just let down by the above.

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  • Maria Palej
  • 03-21-19

Hippy dippy

The book is motivating in a way that it showed me I am not alone in feeling that I don’t belong and that it is never to late to build your community, but the second part of the book is a little bit annoying and sounds like hippy dippy overexcited child who is hugging everyone and expecting them to like it. Overall book is 3 fro me.

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  • Karl
  • 01-19-19

belong review

interesting info & well told , very encouraging to go out into the world find your interest & discover like minded people

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  • D.Fish
  • 01-04-19

Enlightening...

I discovered Radha after her slot on Jim Kwiks podcast. The main thing I've taken from the book is her idea of DOSE and how to change your life with making sure you get your DOSE every day.