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DAY TWENTY-ONE – SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2013

Erin Hopmann

How do you feel about the project?
One of our advisors passed along a blog post about the Entrepreneurial Panic. In it, under the header of “It Will Happen,” the writer says, “In the life of every entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial endeavor there will come a time that challenges the character of the founder/CEO and the survival of the organization itself.”

That moment for us was a month ago.

Now, thanks in no small part to 30 Days, I’m getting used to the idea of a more automated Dabble, one that continues on in absence of the full-time focus of a growing team. And I’m excited about it. Granted, it’s not what we envisioned a few months back, but the last few weeks – aided by 30 Days – have allowed us to get excited about the alternative. I’m sure we’ll get a lot more curveballs over the course of the next few months. But we’re armed for what may come.

What’s the plan?
We should probably oust this question from our daily repertoire, because on a daily basis, things aren’t changing too too much. We’re plugging along with the revised plan that we arrived at last week.

Despite our focus on honesty, we’re keeping a few things secret right now. A little suspense never hurt anyone, right?

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an entrepreneur?
A lot. Probably the biggest thing is that I’m more of a risk taker than I would’ve thought. Or, maybe more accurately, I’ve become more comfortable with risk. Removing comforts and security can lead to some unexpected outcomes. For me, it’s been a really good thing.

In the beginning, when I first branched out, I remember taking cues from other people, reading about ways to do things – soft and hard skills alike. Thinking and over-thinking. Now, while I certainly still seek out the wisdom of others – and reference my trusty Google friend – I trust my gut more. Particularly when it comes to the soft skills. For someone who tends to over-analyze, this was a valuable thing to learn: I have a relatively good instinct that I’ve now learned to trust more.

Another benefit has been realizing that so much opportunity exists outside the black and white of corporate America. That you don’t have to fit yourself into the box of a job title or role as it’s presented to you. You can seize opportunity and make the grey space work for you. No matter what happens with Dabble, my eyes have been opened to the fact that possibilities are practically endless when it comes to what you want to do for your 9-to-5.

Oh, and that I had the capacity to double my coffee consumption.

DAY TWENTY-ONE – SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2013

Jess Lybeck

How do you feel about the project?
Good. Slightly nervous, but good. How do we only have 9 days left?

After reading Erin’s post from yesterday, I realized that I haven’t really been thinking too much about if our new fee structure will work or not. There’s absolutely no way to tell if it will work or not until we actually do it … and I’ve done my best to not worry about things that I can’t control.

The analogy that comes to mind is a trust fall. We’re going to fall backwards into our community and with the assumption that they’ll catch us. If they do, it will be the best feeling in the world … and a solid foundation to build our business upon.

It’s still a bit scary. My nervousness comes from wondering “will they catch us? Will we fall?” … I guess that’s what trust is all about.

What’s the plan?
Finish fee feature. Finish updating every little detail on the site to make sure the transition is as smooth as possible. Move onto other valuable features / ideas shortly after. Hopefully enjoy a surge of love.

Frank’s almost done with the feature (at least I think he is) – he delivered a few stories today even though it’s Sunday. This is definitely the biggest project he’s taken on to date. It’s crazy how much he’s learning.

What have you learned about yourself since becoming an entrepreneur?
I’ve learned that I’m pretty resilient. That change doesn’t scare me and that I’m actually pretty comfortable outside my “comfort zone”.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, I was following the typical career path and didn’t really think about re-inventing my own path. Change was exciting, but it was too scary and prevented action most of the time.

Now I roll with the punches much easier. I land on my feet most of the time. I see change as an opportunity, not necessarily something that will rob me of my comfort. There are moments still when I feel discouraged by the risks – but I’ve largely embraced this as a necessary part of living my life and following a path that I’m passionate about.

Odds & Ends
Part of my typical Sunday morning routine is bingeing on TED talks while cleaning the house. My favorite video from today was titled “How to Make Stress your Friend” – it turns out that stress is only bad for you if you THINK stress is bad for you. And it can actually be a positive thing if it helps you reach out and connect with people around you. Ummm, what?

The thesis of this talk was an eye-opening for sure – and made me look at this project with new perspective. We’re putting ourselves under a ton of stress right now, but it’s good stress. We’re reaching out to our community, we’re openly talking and feeling more connected than ever. I can’t help but think I’ll walk away from this experience that much stronger.

 

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