166 | Denise Gosnell | The Vacation Effect – How To Work Half As Much And Make Twice As Much

In this episode, Darius and Denise talk about workaholicism, the American “grind” culture,” and how it is possible to break free from these mentalities and achieve the freedom mindset. They also discuss how to eliminate the feeling of guilt when pursuing the life you have always dreamed of. 

In this episode, Denise and I talked about:

  • How Denise became a seven-figure entrepreneur from humble beginnings
  • What workaholism taught Denise about money, life, and family
  • How a tragic fire incident changed Denise’s mindset to be truly happy
  • What working 80 hours a week look like, its benefits, and challenges
  • What motivated Denise to do a three-day workweek test for 30 days
  • Evaluating team members based on results versus hours spent
  • Some of the stumbling blocks Denise experienced around the framework
  • How to increase productivity and get more done in less time
  • How Denise spends her “freedom days”
  • How to overcome the grind culture and workaholic mentality
  • And other topics…

Meet Denise:

Denise Gosnell is a business strategist, attorney, author, real estate investor and 7-figure entrepreneur. She currently owns and runs 3 companies in 3 totally different industries while working an average of just 3 days per week. Denise has spoken on stages in 8 different countries over the years along with Sir Richard Branson, Arianna Huffington, Joe Polish, Ryan Deiss, Dan Sullivan, and many Others.

Denise’s company, The Vacation Effect is focused on helping busy entrepreneurs streamline their operations and free up 10-20+ hours per week for what really matters in life.

Denise believes that the American business culture to grind, grind, grind, is wrong, wrong, wrong. That’s why she teaches entrepreneurs and achievers how to grow by subtracting – not by adding more – to their to do list.

Meet Darius: 

Darius is your host of The Greatness Machine LIVE. Darius is a mad scientist, high-growth CEO, serial entrepreneur, author, conscious capitalist, speaker, and entertainer. Darius is on a quest to create 1,000,000 Core Value Driven Organization by 2030. He is calling this “The Core Value Revolution.” Darius is an alumni of the Birthing of Giants Entrepreneurial Program at MIT and Stagen Integral Leadership Program. Darius’s accolades include being ranked #9 Top Rated CEO in America on Glassdoor, has won numerous Stevie Awards, and has founded and grown organizations that have been ranked #40 in the Inc. 500 and were ranked #3 Best Places to Work By the San Francisco Business Time. He is all about the P’s: Passion, Pizza, Puzzles, and, especially, Pink Unicorns. His book, The Core Value Equation, is an Amazon #1 Best Seller and is available at www.thecorevalueequation.com.

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