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The 4—No, Wait!—7 Week Vacation! Why It’s Possible (and Important) to Step Out of Your Business

On today’s episode, join Dr. Sabrina and Mike Bruno as they reconnect after Dr. Sabrina’s seven-and-a-half week vacation. Listen in as they discuss the positive outcomes of the vacation and Mike’s exciting new project, Employee Zero. In true “work supports life” fashion, they converse about all of the other fun and exciting things they’ve been focusing on over the last couple of months. Plus, you’ll get a sneak peek at what’s happening in the near future at Tap the Potential!

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production in collaboration with Small Business Consulting Group.

Show Highlights:

  • Employee Zero is a program that teaches business owners how to be more profitable by utilizing virtual assistants and putting a system in place around this core group of employees that support your other systems.
  • This business model allows customers to have a more personal, hands-on experience, and also allows the business owner as well as the core employees to focus on the systems. Having great systems in place allows the owner to take those extended vacations.
  • Dr. Sabrina’s Vision 2021 for Tap the Potential: It’s getting good!
  • What prioritizing effectiveness can do for you and your business.
  • Dr. Sabrina’s time spent away from Tap the Potential was partly sabbatical and partly used to work on her next two books:
    • How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneurs Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members  Launching November 18, 2020
    • The 4 Week Vacation™  Expected to Release March 2021
  • How the business owners who are in How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneurs Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members will be honored will be revealed at the book launch!
  • Mike describes the creativity and freedom experienced during a 4 Week Vacation.
  • Dr. Sabrina expresses her gratitude as to how her business and her team are set up so that she can take extended time away.
  • Tap the Potential clients often come back from their 4 Week Vacations and state that they’d love for their team members to be able to take one, too.
  • The beauty and value of team members who can pick up the slack of other team members who have to be away for an extended period of time.
  • The message that you send to your team members if you’re constantly checking in on them while you’re away.
  • Business owners are no longer confined to a local talent pool when it comes to hiring.
  • Little things that happen while we’re on vacation force us to make the business stronger.

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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.