HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS, CULTIVATE AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS & BUILD REAL COMMUNITY
Wake Up to the Power of Belonging.
written & illustrated by Radha Agrawal Co-Founder Daybreaker & THINX
Get ready to focus on the single most important thing you will ever do to live a happy, healthy and successful life: belong.
In other words, make real friends, cultivate authentic relationships, and build lasting communities.
So here's the plan: we are going to rip pages out of this book, write all over it, color all over it, do challenges together, get weird and make a mess. You with me?
As we are all participants in creating our world, when I took on the challenge of writing a book about community building, I was also taking on the challenge of writing a book that we could both participate in — which is actually a vital part of community building: participation. So call it a workbook, call it a philosophy book, call it an “adult children’s book” or call it your first lesson in community building. Use this book through the lens of your personal life or the lens of your business or organization — it all applies. Either way, just don’t passively read it. Participate in it. You’ll get a lot more out of it. Cool?
I’ve also organized this book into two main parts: IN and OUT. To make friends and build the community that you want, you really have to go through this journey of self-exploration first and go IN. There is not a single person in the entire world who sees the world the way you see it or feels the world the way you feel it. I’m an identical twin and while Miki and I have thousands of shared experiences, our interpretations are uniquely different. OUT focuses on how to make friends and cultivate authentic relationships once you’ve gotten really clear about who you are, what you want and how you’re showing up first. There are no shortcuts here. So please don’t skip to Part 2 until you’ve fully explored Part 1.
Here’s the thing, we will be going on this journey of self exploration and will be making new friends all of our lives. Our needs will change over time as we move around and our interests and energy shifts too. So this cycle of making friends and building community will continue throughout our lives and that’s a beautiful thing. I’m excited to be on this journey at every phase of life with you both as a student and a guide. Let's go!