Entrepreneurs are often good at executing. At being consistent. At moving full speed ahead, turning ideas into reality, not even stopping to breathe until things are just the way they should be.
Here’s what we’re NOT so good at: letting go.
So that’s what I practiced during my three-week vacation this November (and it’s why you haven’t seen any updates here lately): NOT blogging, NOT writing, NOT answering emails. I practiced letting my team pick up the slack.
It didn’t come easy. In fact, it took six months of putting the right systems in place to feel comfortable leaving my business in my team’s capable hands during my off-the-grid trip to Australia and New Zealand.
Because letting go simply doesn’t feel natural to me. I see the benefits of taking time away from work, of immersing myself in hiking across beautiful mountains and people-watching in cafes and reading novels for fun. I enjoy every minute of those experiences, and I know getting away makes me a better entrepreneur in the long run. But I still have to push myself to do it.
Fortunately, letting go gets easier with practice. (Click to tweet this idea.) Views like this help, too:
And you know what? Nothing blew up while I was away. Tim Ferriss says you have to let small bad things happen to get big things done. While this blog may have been neglected during my absence, that loss is nothing compared to what I gained: rest and relaxation, even more confidence in my team, and a renewed sense of wonder for the work we do for our clients, for The Write Life, and for this community.
Most importantly, now that I’m back at my laptop, I’m keenly aware that there’s more to life than RSS and revenue and SEO. Taking time away was a good reminder that work is just a piece of who I am. And that finding joy in each day — whether I’m working in my home office or kayaking in New Zealand — is what really matters.