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TGIF: Are You a Left-Brained or Right-Brained Entrepreneur?

I’m going to keep today’s weekly reflections short and sweet — just like my week has been.


“Sweet” is hardly the right adjective to describe the last four business days (gotta love those short weeks).

In fact, “scattered” is more like it.

I have to admit, I like to keep things quite organized. Despite being a creative, I have a lot of left-brained tendencies. I like to think of myself as spontaneous and adventurous, and yet I’m equally obsessed with budget templates, file folders and maintaining an immaculate desktop (nothing like digital files all over the place to mess up my day!).

I’ve discovered there are many benefits to both ways of thinking when it comes to running your own business. In a lot of ways, you need to find some level of “thinking-balance” here. I tend to rely on my right brain for taking risks, and my left brain for solving problems (many of which are the consequences of right brain’s actions).

I guess you could say LB is often cleaning up after RB.

But if it weren’t for RB, would Web of Words even exist? I’m thinking probably not.

Well, I decided it was time for some answers. So I took an online psych test, and guess what? I scored right down the middle. Here’s what it said in the results:

Both your right and left hemisphere seem to have reached a level of perfect harmony – rather than trying to dominate each other, they work together to create a unique and well-balanced ‘you.’

I can work with that.

It went on to say this:

You tend to express your individuality both in words and actions, and although you’re perfectly comfortable running on a schedule or planning things ahead of time, there are occasions when you love to throw in a little spontaneity.

I’m now feeling slightly creeped out by how well this test knows me after answering a handful of multiple choice questions. Suddenly, I think I’m starting to understand how online dating sites work.

(By the way, I know I’m not the only one who loves procrastinating with tests like this. You can try it out for yourself here. Be sure to share your results in the comments below though!)

Anyway, back to my week. Here’s the scoop: my husband and I just put our house up for sale. They say the moving process is one of the most stressful life situations you can find yourself in. I’m starting to understand where they are coming from… whoever “they” are.

Of course, the fact that I work from home doesn’t exactly help the situation. I’ve spent a lot of my early career working this way, and I’ve grown quite comfortable in my home office. Especially since making the leap to full-time self-employment. It’s where I am most productive, and where I do my best work. My left-brain sets the routine and my right-brain gets the creative juices flowing.

So it’s safe to say my week has been a bit disruptive with the staging, cleaning and, now, frequent showings. It kind of feels like LB and RB are colliding, leaving me to deal with the aftermath.

Throw a puppy into the equation, and you have yourself the perfect recipe for grey hairs.

(Kidding, no grey hairs yet. But as you can guess from the caption below, it’s still early).

Posing for photos on the trail while the real estate photographer worked his magic at the house... right before getting a pile of shit... yes, literally.

Out on the trail while the real estate photographer worked his magic at the house. This was taken right before she got into a pile of shit… yes, literally.

I refuse to be thrown off my game though. I’ve been working hard at some new projects, one of which involves a brand new look for Web of Words. (More on that soon). My client base is also steadily growing, and lately I’ve been feeling so inspired by the business owners I get to work with. They have some pretty incredible brand stories. Every time I do an interview with a new client it’s kind of like a treasure hunt. I’m constantly hunting for that pot of gold (also known as the #WOWfactor), and I have to say, I think I’ve found a couple sweet spots this week.

(Hey, maybe “sweet” was the right word after all!)

Seriously though, these are the moments that make it all worthwhile.

It’s weeks like these, when life is riding in on her broomstick (and I’m left with a couple splinters in the ass), that I’m even more grateful to be where I am, doing the work I do, with the people I get to work with.

Even the hard days are still pretty damn good.

Highlights This Week

What I’m Writing:

It’s been a slow writing week, and I think the first time I’ve taken a break from publishing anything. But the words are still being typed and I’m looking forward to releasing some exciting new stuff soon. So stay tuned.

What I’m Reading:

I managed to curl up with The Goldfinch over the long weekend, and I’m really getting into it. Have you read it? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments (no spoilers, please). It’s been difficult to dedicate time to reading for leisure lately, so this massive book has been pushed aside. But I’m crossing my fingers for some spare time to dive in again over the next couple of days.

What I’ve Learned:

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Have you heard of #MillennialTalk? It’s the place to be on Tuesdays at 8pm. You all know how much I love Twitter, and this chat in particular is one of the highlights of my week. A bunch of insightful millennials get together weekly to share their experiences and advice. It reminds me how rewarding it is to open up and let people in. When it comes to building your tribe on social media, you really have to be willing to dig deep and get real. Even if it means wearing your heart on your sleeve. This is the perfect place to do just that. I always leave the chat feeling motivated and inspired. I especially enjoyed the new connections made this week. I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t already! (Or look for another weekly chat in your field of expertise).

What I’ve experimented with:

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Last week, I had my biz photo shoot with Sarah from Photography by SSV, and this week I had to narrow it down to my favourites. The decision was so tough, I took to social media for answers. And you guys were incredible with all of your feedback! I can’t wait to show you what we’ve come up with for the new look. But I’ll save that for another week.

Fill me in — how was your short week? Any biz lessons learned that you’re willing to share? Don’t forget to share your results from the psych test in the comments. 


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.

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