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DAY THIRTEEN – SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2013

Erin Hopmann

How do you feel about the project?
Lucky number 13. I can’t believe we’re almost halfway through.

Right now, I just wish we were able to A/B test a lot of different things. So many great ideas have surfaced, but for many, we have to unfortunately say: “yeah, that’s interesting and would likely work. Need money and/or more manpower to do it.” That’s the reality. Do I sound like a broken record?

We need to really think carefully about the execution of this fee change. This is clear seeing more and more feedback coming in from current teachers.

What do you Dabble in?
Not as much as I’d like to! Currently, I dabble a lot in cooking and baking (it’s become my go-to procrastination tool and stress reliever; my roommate both loves and hates me for it). Perfecting homemade pizza crust. Since moving to the Bay Area, I dabble more in hiking. Games (more recently, the nerd in me is embracing Carcassonne).

For me, the impetus for Dabble was not as much that I wanted to try something new, although certainly that’s important to me, but more that I wanted to get back into interests that I’d discarded. I wanted these little spurts of inspiration to stop the inertia. Art, for example. Writing. I wish I dabbled more in creating. I flag projects I want to take on all the time.

If I answer this question in a month, I WILL have taken on a new creative project. You can hold me to it.

Odds & Ends
When we first launched Dabble, between Jess and me, we were going to just about every class. Even if we weren’t interested in the topic, we wanted to monitor what was going on, see how we could improve upon the situation, how we might take the product / business in different directions. (Side note: that was the best feeling in the world: knowing that we were responsible for bringing these people together.)

I realize upon mentioning what I’d like to dabble more in, that sometimes the inspiration starts from taking something you may not have even realized you wanted to learn. Interests are far from linear. And to me, that’s the beauty of Dabble.

DAY THIRTEEN – SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2013

Jess Lybeck

How are you feeling about the project?
Ehh. It’s amazing how a few words can bring me down. I spent a long time reading through the teacher survey responses today. While I’ve been saying that we may need to lose teachers in order to move forward, hearing some harsh remarks felt like daggers. Evidence that I still take things with Dabble pretty personally. It doesn’t change the fact that we need to change the business to survive. We need to do what’s best for the company.

Sometimes I wonder if people understand why businesses exist. Where they come from. It seems so simple to me, as a business we provide enough value that people choose to exchange value (or money) for our services. There’s not greed, money isn’t evil. It’s an exchange that both parties feel good about. Companies that make enough money to survive or thrive aren’t greedy. They have just provided a ton of value to the world. They are working towards the goals we all have – to live better lives, to create jobs, to not be chained to a desk, to make an impact, to be happy.

I guess that’s what bothers me about the survey comments. Do people just not see enough value in Dabble? Do we have enough value to allow us to grow? Fuck.

What do you Dabble in?
When I’m not working, I’m usually spending time with Mike (fiance), my friends and my dog Lacey (named after Caddyshack character). We Dabble in hiking, biking, running, disc golf, snowboarding, snowshoeing, golf, beer-tasting, gardening, and playing gin rummy on the porch like a couple of 80 year olds.

Lately I’ve been trying to Dabble in yoga, meditation, daily writing, simplifying. I have so much good in my life, I feel like I need to clear enough mind space for it to come into the forefront. There’s a lot of clutter at the moment.

Through Dabble classes in the last two years I’ve learned how to weld, knit, garden, fly-fish, make sushi, appreciate wine, bake at high altitude, make gnocchi, meditate, maintain my bike, make pasta, build a prezi presentation, do yoga, decorate cupcakes, speak spanish, paint acrylics, make sculpture, build a terrarium, use food as medicine, prepare for dog ownership, dance the tango, do improv & ride my bike 365 days a year.

Odds & Ends
Whenever I get stressed out about a decision, it’s useful to remember that luck & timing have a lot to do with success. Our friends over at Give Forward wrote an awesome article that highlighted this last week. I feel our luck has maybe changed for the better with this project. Luck comes to those that put themselves out there – right?

We can only do our best, we can’t control outcomes. We can only do our best, we can’t control outcomes. I might chant this before going to bed tonight.

 

We plan on answering different questions every day. Submit a question you’d like answered by emailing 30daysofhonesty (at) dabble.co.

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    Hey! Come learn some Excel tonight! I haven’t seen your smiling faces basking in the glow of my fabulous spreadsheets. Any way …

    I’m curious about the negative comments that Jess mentioned. It’s good that you can see that you’re taking things to personally, but not letting it beat you down.

    Yes. Yes. When you hang yourself out there in front of the world you get everything from adoration to incessant complaints to unsolicited advice. It can be exhausting.

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