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DAY TWENTY-FOUR – SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2013

Erin Hopmann

How do you feel about the project?
Feelin’ good. A little antsy.

Also realized… IT IS MID-SEPTEMBER. HOW? Jess gets married in nine days. It’s fall. And we haven’t taken paychecks in months. Just a random smattering of thoughts.

What is your most embarrassing Dabble moment?
I can think of more than a few embarrassing moments. An awkward phone call with one of the most well-known, accomplished entrepreneurs in the country, for example. And other things that make me shudder to think about.

Generally, though, I think about how embarrassment typically comes from the “first-times” or realizing what I know now… and how I’d approach things differently if I could turn back the clock. So in two years – or even two months – from now, I’m sure I’ll blush a little thinking about what I did at this moment – versus how new experiences will inform better ways of doing things. (Will 30 Days become a source of embarrassment? Maybe parts of it…)

I’m reminded of Ira Glass’ remarks on creativity, and the gap between our vision when we first start out and what we know is possible. It’s relevant here, because I think embarrassment typically comes from knowing you could be or do so much better – situationally or in general. But, you realize you need a wealth of more experiences to get there.

The best antidotes to embarrassment? A little humility and a dose of humor. And realizing we’ve all been there.

DAY TWENTY-FOUR – SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2013

Jess Lybeck

How do you feel about the project?
I feel good. Still swinging between feeling extreme optimism about the direction that we’re taking and thinking we’re absolutely nuts. I guess that feels normal now.

What is your most embarrassing Dabble moment?
Last year around this time I was invited to represent Dabble for the i4c Campaign – a “shark-tank” style competition for social good companies.

I had moved to Denver two weeks beforehand, and had no context when they told me the venue. Turns out the competition was at the Ellie Caulkins (the OPERA HOUSE!) in front of thousands of people. I’m not typically nervous speaking in public, but this was a different level. To combat my nerves, I practiced & polished my talk for a full week – choosing to memorize an exact script with notes scribbled in a notebook (mistake #1).

At the competition, I ended up getting lost in my script a few times on stage and even flubbing the “punch line” at the end. I saved myself with “I guess my next Dabble class should be public speaking”, at which I got a good amount of laughs. I was mortified.

Apparently, I still got my point across. We were one of the three winners of the competition. It was such an amazing night and despite the embarrassment, I still felt like a rockstar.

Wow, my palms got sweaty just writing that. NEVER again will I attempt to memorize anything – and I still need to take that Public Speaking class.

Odds & Ends
I had drinks with a good friend and fellow business owner tonight. I’m reminded of how awesome it is to be able to compare notes with other people I respect and trust. It normalizes what otherwise seems like craziness. Big decisions don’t feel so daunting. And it just makes things more fun.

 

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