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The Surprising Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs with Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz joins Dr. Sabrina on this episode to discuss the surprising secrets of successful entrepreneurs. HINT: “work harder” is not among them. Dr. Sabrina and Mike give you an inside peek into their own processes while discussing the popular Breakthroughs on the Bayou Retreats they co-host each year at Dr. Sabrina’s home, The Entrepreneurs Retreat Center.

Listen in as Dr. Sabrina and Mike dish on the atmosphere of the Breakthroughs on the Bayou Retreat, what they appreciate most about their participants, what Dr. Sabrina won’t do, and how they’ve listened to and implemented improvement feedback from retreat participants over the years, Mike’s upcoming book, Fix This Next, and so much more! “The 4 Week Vacation” has been the theme for the past 2 years, and the upcoming retreat in March of 2020 will be “The 4 Week Vacation Legacy Retreat”.

Mike Michalowicz is the entrepreneur behind three multi- million dollar companies and is the author of Profit FirstThe Pumpkin Plan and what BusinessWeek deemed the entrepreneur’s cult classic, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Mike is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and regularly travels the globe as an entrepreneurial advocate. Mike is an active partner in multiple companies, including an American manufacturer, a business growth consultancy, an augmented reality tech firm, and a certification organization for accountants, bookkeepers and business coaches.

Show Highlights:

  • Breakthroughs on the Bayou has a unique retreat structure – a diverse group of people with diverse perspectives – in a unique setting.
  • Mike discusses his newest book, Fix This Next. If we can identify the impactful issue, the game-changer of the moment, that will move our business forward, and the next challenge will present itself. Fix This Next teaches a method to not rely exclusively on instinct, but a way to check our instinct and see if it’s congruent with the logic that the business is presenting. It is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and our base level needs, eventually elevating to higher-level needs.
  • Retreat participants are invested in one another’s success. Dr. Sabrina shares a compelling example.
  • Retreat participants don’t typically have prior social connections, rather they have business connections and a drive to support each other. This tends to alleviate the competitiveness one would find in a social network. That being said, participants do form friendships and it’s not unusual to learn that they are visiting fellow participants and the respective businesses during vacation time.
  • Mike shares with us “The Corn Story”. It is a lesson in sharing the best with who surrounds you.
  • The reason why retreat alumni return year after year.
  • Why bringing autonomy to the business is the goal.
  • Discovering the one impactful thing that is going to be the game-changer for your business.

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Books Mentioned by Mike:

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller

Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

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.