Changing the Story of Entrepreneurship

Do you feel that you don't deserve to have fun, or to be kind to yourself because you have a business? And do you feel as if you always need to do better, and more? This is something many of us, as entrepreneurs, seem to face. We tend to think that as entrepreneurs, we have to be risk-takers, taking on risks at any cost, and working really long hours, even if it's detrimental our mental health or increases our stress levels.

It really doesn't need to be that way. Mike used to feel guilty about doing anything unrelated to his business until he transitioned, and began to feel worthy. His transition has allowed him to take a couple of steps back and realize the damage he was doing to himself. Now he defines an entrepreneur as someone who strives for excellence and takes their self-development very seriously. Entreprenreurs invest in themselves and want to become better human beings and help other people. Tune in now, to hear Mike and Dr. Sabrina's conversation about changing the story of entrepreneurship and learning to feel worthy and valuable as an entrepreneur, without inflicting any damage on yourself and your relationships.

Show Highlights:

  • How do you define being an entrepreneur?
  • Dr. Sabrina is inspired by changing the story of entrepreneurship.
  • Dr. Sabrina wants there to be many examples of successful entrepreneurs who have wonderfully rich and fulfilling lives.
  • Mike shares what's been coming up for him lately, and what he has been observing.
  • Mike is still working a lot, however, he is now working in a different capacity, without any self-doubt.
  • Losing the fear.
  • Mike is now working at a very high level and his personal life is also at a very high level. He is present with his family.
  • Mike has become intentionally vulnerable and he no longer feels guilty.
  • Mike is working from his strengths and he has learned to turn negative into positive.
  • Mike is in his zone now. He knows what he is good at.
  • Mike explains what changed things for him, and allowed him to look at things differently.
  • Being who you are without feeling guilty about it.
  • Being aware of your stress levels.
  • Dr. Sabrina explains why she decided not to commit to any projects in her accountability group.
  • What Dr. Sabrina has had to do, in order to reclaim some of her time.
  • Mike talks about the changes that he has implemented in his life.
  • ‘Aha' moments about your business often happen when you're away from the business, doing something that you enjoy.
  • There are a lot of very stereotypical ideas out there about entrepreneurs.
  • Mike suggests that you write down the things that make you a successful entrepreneur and a successful person.
  • We often morph our feelings and our thoughts to fit the stereotypical mold of what an entrepreneur should be.
  • The benefits of being vulnerable, opening up, and sharing your own definition of entrepreneurship.
  • Breaking through!


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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.