The Brightness of Belonging
Have you ever felt the tug of loneliness pulling at your heartstrings? The feeling of not quite belonging, like a wildflower in a field of roses?
As we journey down the path of entrepreneurship, we carry the weight of our dreams and aspirations exclusively on our shoulders.
In the midst of our hustle and bustle, we often feel alone.
Sebene Selassie’s “You Belong: A Call for Connection” offers a soulful exploration of the importance of belonging in our lives and work.
In her book, she illuminates the way toward deeper connection and a richer entrepreneurial journey. She reminds us that we are all part of a larger, interwoven web of life and that embracing our differences can bring brightness into our lives and work.
Selassie speaks of the barriers that hold us back from connecting with others, from our social identities to our perceived power dynamics.
Through Selassie’s wise words, we learn that diversity and inclusivity are the keys to unlocking our fullest potential. Diverse teams outperform homogeneous teams by a staggering 80%, according to Deloitte. So let us embrace our differences and see them as strengths, rather than weaknesses.
But the most profound lesson of “You Belong” is that belonging is not a solitary journey, but a collective one. We all have the power to create environments of acceptance and inclusivity, not only for ourselves but for others too. As entrepreneurs, let us use our power to foster a sense of belonging for our employees, customers, and communities.
Like a star in the night sky, belonging shines a light on our path, guiding us toward a more mindful and connected community.
As women entrepreneurs, we may face unique challenges and obstacles, but by fostering a sense of belonging for our teams, customers, and communities, we can create a space of inclusivity and connection.
So, my dears, know that you belong and that you are a precious and integral part of this interconnected web of life. May Selassie’s words inspire you to embrace your uniqueness and create a world where all beings can thrive.
Let us celebrate the brightness of belonging, and let it inspire us on our entrepreneurial journey. May we see the light in each other, and may it guide us toward a more mindful and connected future.
With love and light,
In You Belong, much-admired meditation expert Sebene Selassie reveals that accepting our belonging is the key to facing the many challenges currently impacting our world. Using ancient philosophy, multidisciplinary research, exquisite storytelling, and razor-sharp wit, Selassie leads us in an exploration of all the ways we separate (and thus suffer) and offers a map back to belonging.
Dr. Daniel Kelly is a board-certified neurosurgeon and one of the four founders of Pacific Neuroscience Institute (PNI). Dr. Kelly is one of the top neurosurgeons in the US, having been awarded the Southern California SuperDoctors distinction 15 years in a row as well as the Patient’s Choice Award.