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Unlocking Freedom: How Seth Gordon Plans His Life-Changing 4 Week Vacation®️

It’s not easy to plan for your 4 week vacation®️ as a business owner, but it CAN be done–and it WILL change your life and your business for the better. Seth Gordon joins me today to discuss the last few weeks of preparation leading up to his extended vacation this summer. He describes the mindset shifts it takes to leave hustle culture behind, the steps he’s taking now to prepare his team, and how letting go of control gives him what he desires most in life. Join us to learn more!

Seth Gordon is the owner and CEO of Glacier Supply Group in the Pacific Northwest. Glacier is a family-owned business that was established in 2021 when Seth and his wife, Leanne, purchased an existing business. They live in the Seattle area with their three energetic sons, ages 7, 5, and 3. Seth and his family love all things baseball, the Mariners, skiing, and crabbing.

Profit by Design is a Tap the Potential Production.

Show Highlights:

  • Seth’s lightbulb moment at the EOS Conference in 2023
  • Getting past the feeling of guilt by viewing an extended vacation as an opportunity for the team to step up and shine
  • The EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System–based on the book, Traction by Gino Wickman) structure is designed to continue whether the business owner is there or not.
  • The sense of loneliness and guilt in being an entrepreneur going against traditional hustle culture and being a trailblazer
  • Working fewer hours weekly depends on your focus on the highest-value activities (Seth shares how he did this.)
  • Steps in Seth’s process to give up some control to other team members and working through the fear of “working less”
  • Items in Seth’s personal VTO (Vision Traction Organizer)
  • Improvements in Seth’s family relationships since he focuses now on “solving for life” instead of “solving for work”
  • Seth’s focus for the next few weeks leading up to his 4 week vacation®️: delegation to a newly hired assistant, preparing to unplug from his phone, and forming a mindset to not think about work
  • Dr. Sabrina’s best tips for an unplugged and fully present 4 week vacation®️
  • Seth’s plan for returning to work after his 4 week vacation®️ to keep from taking back the tasks he’s delegated
  • Considerations in delegating, your accountability chart, and redundancy

Links and Resources:
Connect with Seth Gordon: Glacier Supply Group Website and LinkedIn

Books mentioned in this episode: Letting Go by David Hawkins, Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer, Buy Back Your Time by Dan Martell, Traction by Gino Wickman, Work the System by Sam Carpenter, and Your World-Class Assistant by Michael Hyatt
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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.