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When Being an Entrepreneur is Enough (Plus a Birthday Giveaway!)

If I were a season, I think I would be spring.

I admire her strength – how after a few failed attempts at battling winter’s harsh wind and grey skies, she always finds a way to pull through. I love the way she brightens the day; even for those who see the world differently than she does.

I appreciate her vulnerability – how she’s not afraid to put herself out there. I enjoy watching her blossom under the touch of the sun. I love that she’s not afraid to get messy, realizing sometimes the most beautiful moments are only discovered after the mud has cleared away.

Letting Go

I’ve spent the last few weeks reflecting on the past year (my first one as an entrepreneur). I’ve reviewed what milestones were reached; what went well; what I could have done differently.

And for a while there, I was feeling a little underwhelmed at the results.

I kept hearing this voice in my head, telling me: It’s not enough. You can do better. You can do more…

Make more money…

Sign on more clients…

Reach more goals…

I started to realize my perspective was skewed. It was all in my head – the negative self-talk, the “busy” trap I kept surrendering my days to, the lack of focus and clarity.

I had to let go.

A Time for Change

It may not feel like spring outside right now (at least if you live in southern Ontario), but I have new growth on my mind.

There’s something special about starting a new week, in a fresh month, during a change of season. It’s like a clean slate: another chance to build, to create, and to problem solve.

Today also happens to be my birthday. And as I look ahead at what year 29 will bring, I remember to appreciate the distances I’ve travelled to get here.

The truth is, I don’t need more. It may be something I strive for in business and in life, but what I have now – what I have accomplished today – is enough.

Last year at this time, I was just getting started. I was a one-woman show. Now, Web of Words is a team; a pack of passionate and creative individuals who bring a diverse range of experiences and have a plethora of ideas to contribute.

And we’re doing meaningful work every day.

We get to help entrepreneurs grow their businesses and chase their dreams. We handle their social media marketing and copywriting so they can focus on what they do best in their business.

I believe entrepreneurs help make the world a better place. They create with their own two hands. They build from a place of love, and contribute with purpose. They don’t look for short cuts; they work hard to meet the customer’s highest need. They inspire others to work hard with them.

Today, being an entrepreneur is enough. Being a small business owner is enough.

In fact, it’s more than enough. It’s worth celebrating.

To quote the brilliant entrepreneurs and authors of my new favourite business book:

“Small is not just a stepping stone. Small is a great destination in itself. Ramping up doesn’t have to be your goal. Don’t be insecure about aiming to be a small business. Anyone who runs a business that’s sustainable and profitable, whether it’s big or small, should be proud.” – From “Rework” by Jason Fried & David Heinemeir Hansson.

Today, I’m giving myself permission to feel proud. Proud of the business I’ve started, proud of the results we’ve achieved, proud of the work we’re doing.

And to celebrate, I’m giving away a hardcopy of Rework.

It’s a book that re-ignites the kind of entrepreneurial thinking that keeps you up at night (in a really good way). It’s a fresh perspective. It’s a reminder to get comfortable with breaking the status quo and doing things differently.

After all, isn’t that why we decided to be the boss in the first place?

To enter this giveaway, you can follow me on Twitter (2 points), share with a tweet (2 points; can be done daily for extra entries), like my Facebook page (3 points), or leave a comment on this post with an answer to the question below (3 points).

Remember to use Rafflecopter to make your entries count!

The contest is open to readers across North America. It starts on Tuesday, April 5th at 12am EST and ends on Monday, April 11th at 12am EST. The winner will be announced on the Web of Words Facebook page on Tuesday, April 12th.

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Author:

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.

6 Comments Write a comment

  1. I’m just at the fringe of starting a new life. You could say I currently do meaningful work, as I am a healthcare professional. But it’s not making my heart sing–never really did, and I want something more. My current goal is to assist small business owners grow their own business beyond their expectations, while providing excellent customer service, and having fun along the way.

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    • Charlotte Ottaway

      That sounds like a great goal, Kendra! I think Rework would be a great read for you at this stage — there are plenty of tips to give you that extra boost to get things off the ground. Thanks for commenting and good luck with the giveaway!

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  2. Experience. Studying, reading, learning are all good. But only time and doing gets you that experience. In this online world, it is important to put “value” on the experience of the person at the other end of the computer.

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