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Be Inspired by Steve’s Story–and Make the 4 Week Vacation®️ Pledge Today!

Guess what? I’m on a 4-week vacation right now, but I didn’t want to leave you without regular content. I’ve chosen to fill these slots with some of our best interviews with business owners who have taken 4-week vacations. I want to inspire you with what’s possible for YOU! Today’s episode is an interview from 2018 with Steve Bousquet, and we spoke the day after he returned from a 4-week vacation.

I hope that, in the midst of the challenges and pain of entrepreneurship, you are inspired to make the 4 Week Vacation Pledge®️. I want you to be the next business owner that we support and celebrate in taking a 4-week vacation. You deserve it!

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production.

Show Highlights:

  • Dr. Sabrina is writing a book, The 4 Week Vacation®️, documenting what happens in a business from the moment that a business owner commits to taking a 4-Week Vacation until the time they take it. She will go deeper into what's involved in a later episode.
  • You can download Dr. Sabrina's 4-Week Vacation Jumpstart Guide right now. Go to
  • Steve talks about the 4 Week Vacations he's taken before, the first of which was not a “vacation” but rather an extended absence following an injury.
  • Steve discusses what his business was like back when he had to take an unplanned six weeks off work in 2014.
  • The preparations and plans that Steven made, and why he made them,  before taking his unplanned six-week vacation.
  • How Steve's business grew 6% without him being around.
  • Steve is still working on getting out of the way.
  • The way that Steve implemented Pumpkin Plan and Profit First.
  • The difference that having things clearly defined and money properly managed made to Steve's business.
  • This time around, Steve took his 4 Week Vacation after growing the company by acquiring another business.
  • Successfully doubling the business and integrating new team members smoothly at the same time.
  • Steve's secret to keeping his staff for a really long time.
  • Traveling to ten different businesses across southern America to get a different perspective and to get out of the way of his people's talents.
  • The benefits of taking time off from your business.
  • How to start getting out of your own way in your business.
  • Bringing in new people to train for unique roles and key functions and working through the pushbacks.
  • The things that became really clear to Steve after taking four weeks off.
  • The struggles that come with running a small business.
  • Always keep your eye on your mission.
  • The importance of understanding the numbers.
  • Hitting profit targets every year by implementing processes.
  • Steven got really serious about watching his numbers in 2012 by using only three books- Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profit by Greg Crabtree, Accounting For The Numberphobic by Dawn Fotopulos, and Profit First by Mike Michalowicz.
  • Tripling his company profit since the 2008 recession due to understanding the numbers.

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About The Author

Dr. Sabrina Starling, The Business Psychologist and international best-selling author of the How to Hire the Best series and The 4 Week Vacation™, is the founder of Tap the Potential and host of the Profit by Design podcast. At Tap the Potential, we work to free business owners from the constant demands of a growing business.

We believe work supports life, not the other way around. Clients in our Better Business, Better Life coaching program have more time for what matters most and more money in their bank account than they’ve ever had. Next, we send them off on a 4 Week Vacation™ to celebrate their hard-earned journey to take their life back!

Dr. Sabrina and her team at Tap the Potential are on a mission to change the story of entrepreneurship from one of long hours, grinding it out, to one of sustainably profitable businesses that support and enhance life. The Tap the Potential Solution™ and our Tap the Potential Family of Business Owners are disrupting small business as usual. We are on our way to making the Tap the Potential Solution™ the mainstream model for growing business.

By 2023, 150 Tap the Potential clients will have taken 4 Week Vacations. These are the trailblazers, role modeling what’s possible for entrepreneurs. In many entrepreneurial circles, it is becoming more and more common for one entrepreneur to ask another, “Have you taken a 4 Week Vacation™?” (as opposed to asking “How many employees do you have?” or “What is your annual revenue?”). Taking a fully unplugged 4 Week Vacation is rapidly becoming the recognized symbol of entrepreneurial success.

Never one to accept the status quo or back down from a challenge, Dr. Sabrina’s How to Hire the Best series grew from her desire to solve the toughest hiring challenges interfering with her clients’ growth and profitability. What sprang from her experience working with entrepreneurs in rural areas catapulted her into becoming the world’s leading expert in attracting top talent in small businesses—no matter what hiring challenges those businesses are facing—and earned Tap the Potential’s reputation as the go-to resource for entrepreneurs committed to creating Great Places to Work with thriving coaching cultures and highly engaged team members working from strengths.

As The Business Psychologist, and with her years of driving profit in small businesses, Dr. Sabrina knows what it takes to find, keep, and motivate exceptional performance out of your biggest investment—team members.