Compassion. Imagination. Vulnerability. Empathy.

Daniel DAlonzo
The Startup
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6 min readJul 18, 2019

Imagine a world where we wake up excited to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Where we work cooperatively in the community to design a sustainable way of life. Where we unlock the intrinsic motivation to transform our circumstances into meaningful opportunities. Where we intentionally cultivate superpowers like compassion, vulnerability, imagination, and empathy to elevate the collective consciousness, instigate cultural evolution, and move the world forward.

“Making things better. Taking responsibility and creating a positive cycle of generous action. Leading by example. Finding a small corner where you can make a difference, and then making a difference.” -Seth Godin

Leaders want to find and attract talent, align teams with strategy, get the most from their people, and create a great environment for people to thrive. Yet, employees are unhappy, burnt out, career transitioning, and feel disconnected. There seems to be a disconnect between the intent of leadership, and the people who make-up these organizations.

What is the problem?

I had conversations with CEOs, founders, creatives, young professionals, small business owners, and people in career transition. There were common pain-points

  • self-doubt
  • imposter syndrome
  • self-awareness
  • low confidence
  • self-esteem
  • purposeless
  • confusion

How does it feel?

  • boring
  • alone
  • lonely
  • mundane
  • disconnected
  • unfulfilled

How is the problem currently solved?

  • I just ignore it.
  • Push the thoughts down and keep going through my day.
  • Distract myself with music or go to the gym or go to bars with friends.
  • Try to meditate more frequently.
  • Go on vacation.
  • Talk to my therapist.
  • To be where I am in life tells…

Daniel DAlonzo
The Startup

Opening myself up to deeper connection while building companies that serve human needs.