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Leveraging adversity is how we earn honest pay. We talk about “the man,” the “one percent,” and we gi
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Leveraging adversity is how we earn honest pay.
We talk about “the man,” the “one percent,” and we give excuses. We justify mediocrity at the expense of creative juices.
We tend to ask permission if we need to blame the system. We accept it everyday, “Here. Here’s the life that you’ve been given.” There must be other options to this decision.
No time for, “Why me?,” the trap to feel yourself sorry. It’s time for, “I am me, the resilient one with a story.”
You are your first case study. Show your work and how it’s done. Just start. Jump in. Make a splash until you’ve won.
Your “personal life experiences,” are all I gotta say. Find the thread that connects them, and follow it all the way.
Share your darkest moments. Inspire us with a few. Give us courage. Give us strength. Help us make it through.
Help your neighbors. Help your family. Your friends and peers. Help them with your heart, your hands, and your ears.
Grow yourself on purpose. Imagine your ideal path. Collaborate with competition, and fruitful partnerships you shall hath.
Get in the business of helping people. Build startups to solve their problems. You’re the one who is qualified for the big money outcomes.
I was inspired to share this poem I wrote with you because Hannah Davis, the Program Director for the Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, inspired me this morning when she took time from her day to review my social enterprise ecosystem pitch deck AND provided me with feedback #givefirst. If you’re ready to put in the work to bring your project to the next stage, please check out the accelerator:
Techstars Sustainability Accelerator in partnership with The Nature Conservancy continues with its second accelerator class this summer in Denver, Colorado. It’s a startup accelerator for for-profit companies that are tackling climate change and working to provide food and water sustainably. They’ll be investing up to $120k in 10 companies for the next class starting July 29th, 2019. If you’re an entrepreneur or know an entrepreneur that would benefit from TNC’s global footprint of field pilots, partnerships with corporates, and NGOs, in addition to Techstars extensive network of over 10,000 mentors, then apply today.
Stay tuned for the next issue of the Social Enterprise Digest proudly brought to you by Techstars. Perhaps I will have another poem!
Daniel D'Alonzo
The Techstars Sustainability Accelerator, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy

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