Most entrepreneurs and artists have one very important thing in common: we like to be in control.
We’re good at what we do and we’re fearful that handing over the reins to anyone else will not only cause us to be fraught with anxiety, but have the potential to bring everything we’ve worked so hard for down in a fiery explosion, with just one tiny little mistake.
As someone who likes to be in control (no shame here!) I get it. When I started my first entrepreneurial journey in 2009, a music blog aimed at raising the profiles of emerging artists, it took me years to bring anyone onto the team. Day after day I would write every article myself (and in those days, there were 15-20 posts per day).
When I finally brought other writers and team members on, I continued to struggle with letting go of control, insisting that I be the one to hit “publish” on a post, or having to triple check everything.
Years later, when I started Muddy Paw PR, I had to learn the same lesson all over again. This time it only took a year, but still—think of all the time, energy, and resources I wasted. Just because I couldn’t let go—even when I knew better.
Even when I knew that doing so would give me the energy to focus on the tasks that would push me forward, rather than working so hard just to maintain.
I’m not saying there isn’t a point in time—especially in the early days—when we don’t need to buckle down and work extra hard to create a foundation. But learning when it’s time to let go, accept help, and focus on the things that bring you closer to your desired reality is an art, and it all starts with learning how to delegate and accepting that we can’t do it all alone.