The Squad – As You Were

As You Were – looking for connections between the work of Brené Brown and Daniel Quinn as I revisit them in book clubs. See the introductory post for what this is all about. In this post, I look at:

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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

One – Everywhere and Nowhere

“… findings from my research are going to challenge long-standing beliefs or ideas. When this happens, it doesn’t take long before I start thinking, Who am I to say this? Or, I’m really going to piss people off if I call their ideas into question.” Quinn’s work does both of these things, with him even saying that his work is likely to leave people feeling alienated from others.

“Feeling like I never truly belonged anywhere was my greatest pain, a personal suffering tat threaded through most of my pre-adult life.” Quinn talks about Leaver culture as belonging to the world and Taker culture as feeling a painful lack of belonging because it believes everything belongs to it instead of the other way around.

“… while I felt like I now understood the vulnerability and courage of standing on your own, I still couldn’t shake the underlying feeling of wanting to be a part of something. I wanted ‘the squad.'” Quinn and Brené both acknowledge that people are wired for connection, wired to need connection with others.

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