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Mar 4, 2021

It is through our connections with others that we are able to grow continually. When we meet those who have made it through the school of hard knocks, and those people are willing to share those experiences with us, it allows us to hopefully short-circuit some of the hard knocks as we learn and grow from their experiences. 

Three of the people who play a huge role in Dr. Sabrina’s network with whom she would feel comfortable reaching out to if she were struggling with something (or feel comfortable in supporting them during their struggles, as well) are with us today: Donna Leyens, John Bates, and Darren Virassammy.

Listen in to learn the value of community around you as an entrepreneur, as seen through the eyes of these very special people.

Darren Virassammy believes we have the power to create the workplace culture we envision, where people are engaged, valued for being valuable, and playing to their strengths. 34 Strong Co-Founder and TEDx Speaker Darren Virassammy leads the team that serves alongside you to make that a sustainable reality, whether you lead an army of one or a large organization.

Donna Leyens is the President and co-founder of Pumpkin Plan Your Biz. She is on a mission to save small businesses from extinction, by providing business tools, strategy, training and support to business professionals who want to make a big impact as small business growth strategists.

John Bates’s “why” is to unleash what is great in all of us, so that it can live in the world. John lives that “why”, and he has a lot to share. He has spoken, hosted, and coached for over 35 different worldwide TED and TEDx events. The amount of vulnerability, openness, self-reflection, and honesty that a well-done TED-format talk requires is second to none. The insights into leadership, success, and fulfillment in life that John has gained from his years of experience with this allow him to share some of the biggest, most powerful secrets of truly successful leadership that exists.

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

Show Highlights:

  • Donna not only trains Pumpkin Planning Strategists, but she is also passionate about building community with other entrepreneurs. 
  • John is also a community-builder and looks for ways that he can be a gift from his gifts. 
  • People from different professions can have amazing insights into your own profession.
  • Reflections are shared on how different their lives and businesses would be if they all hadn’t met Mike Michalowicz.
  • Darren’s talk on strength at a ProfitCon compelled Dr. Sabrina to share his message, including with those with whom she worked because it had such an impact on her life.
  • Being approachable and remembering where you came from can make a huge difference in somebody’s life.
  • Join our new Facebook group, Entrepreneurs Take Your Life Back! and see how you can benefit from the power of community.
  • It’s important to see examples of others in the community who are succeeding at working less and becoming more effective at what they do.
  • Learn to feel comfortable with asking yourself what it is you need help with right now, and with putting that out in the community so that the community can support you and come forward with the gifts.
  • Once you get past the idea that you have to be perfect everything becomes easier.


Links and Resources:

Facebook Group: Entrepreneurs Take Your Life Back!

BUY THE BOOK ON AMAZON: How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best Toolkit

COURSE: How to Hire the Best

Taking care of yourself is important now more than ever. Are you ready to take your life back from your business?

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NEXT, meet with our Success Team Lead to debrief your results.

THEN, join our Better Business, Better Life™ program.

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Books Mentioned:

How to Hire the Best: The Entrepreneur's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top-Performing Team Members by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How to Hire the Best: The Rural Business Owner's Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

How To Hire The Best: The Contractor’s Ultimate Guide to Attracting Top Performing Employees by Dr. Sabrina Starling PhD

Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz

The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz

Survival of the Friendliest by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

The Live Launch Method by Kelly Roach

Connect with Donna:

Facebook Group: Pumpkin Planners Rock

Donna’s Website: Pumpkin Plan Your Biz

Connect with John:

John’s Website: Executive Speaking Success 

FREE TEDx Tips Course

Connect with Darren:

Company Website:

Darren’s LinkedIn

Free Exercise Download: Grind. Greatness. Genius. (PDF)