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Learning to Let Go

I have a confession to make: last week’s clean laundry is still sitting where my husband left it — folded and stored carefully in the basket. Yes, my husband does the laundry. But it’s my job to put it away. And that hasn’t happened yet.

I mean, I could be putting the laundry away right now… but I’m writing this blog post instead. Because this blog post is my priority. My business is my priority. You are my priority.

And in order to reach the goals I am striving for in my career, the laundry is going to have to take a backseat for a little while.

Along with the floors (which could use a solid vacuuming), and the gardens (which could use a good weeding).

People who know me personally know it’s not easy for me to let go. I love a clean house (perhaps a little too much). I’m always on time for meetings. I try my hardest to see my friends for their birthdays.

I wish I could tell you that I “do it all.”

But the truth is, something has got to give. And right now, it’s not going to be my business.

The Battle Against Time

One might think I’d have more time than I did when I worked a full-time job and commuted into the city. In a lot of ways, this is why I chose this career path in the first place. However, the real difference is not the amount of time per say, but the control over it. I’m the one deciding how I want to spend my days, not someone else. And for the last six months, I’ve been focused on spending it here, with you.

The good news is, it’s paying off. I’m definitely seeing results from my labours. And the truth is, I’d rather be spending my evenings writing blog posts than watching TV. I’d rather have my own business than a clean house. I’d rather have the ability to choose how I spend my time than let someone else make that decision for me.

Since going into business for myself, I’ve learned that in order to be truly great at one thing, you have to learn to suck at something else. The dirty floors, weed-infested gardens and the wrinkled golf shirts are part of the deal (luckily for me, my husband gets it).

In order to achieve the big wins, you deal with a lot of losses. It’s a choice you have to make — and you make it every single day.

That’s just what it takes to be the best; you have to be OK with being the worst, too.


Charlotte Ottaway

Charlotte is the founder of Web of Words. She helps solopreneurs and small business owners create real human connections online through blogging and social media. Her work has been published in Maclean's, Canadian Business, Zoomer, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. Better known by family and friends as Carly, she currently resides in Newmarket with her husband and fur-babe. To learn more, check out her portfolio at charlotteottaway.com and follow her on Twitter @charlottaway.