How Jim Estill’s business went Zero to $2 Billion

Jim EstillAuthor (Time Leadership) and Blogger(CEO Blog-Time Leadership), and CEO and President of Danby, The Leader in Refrigeration and Specialty Appliances based out of my home town of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, has been in the local news a lot lately for his generous funding (personal donation of over one million dollars) and efforts to help over 50 Syrian refugee families settle in Guelph.

But what some may not realize is that Jim started a computer business EMJ Data Systems and later Synnex which he took from 0 – 2 billion dollars.

I have had the pleasure to meeting, connectng and being mentored by Jim on several occasions (as well as following his career from Guelph to New York and back to Guelph).

He shares several of his secrets and insights in this efficient and effective (just like Jim) Ted Talk.

If you own a business, run a business or even work in a business, and want to learn at the feet of one of the masters, it will be well worth the time investment.

Motivational Quote: Continuous Improvement

Racing yourself

“Be better than you were Yesterday, but not as good as you will be Tomorrow.” – Richard Elmes

Motivational Quote: The Value of Challenge

“Challenge is one of the greatest human motivators.” -Jim Harris, Speaker/Author

Motivational Quote: Courage

“Courage is not absence of fear, but absence of self.” – Erwin McManus

Motivational Quote: Learning from Others

“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.”  – Sam Levenson

How to move your Career and Life in the right direction

“Be better than you were yesterday, but not as good as you will be tomorrow.” – Richard Elmes

How do you accomplish this?

By continuously learning and looking for opportunities to improve your performance.

It doesn’t matter if it is improving your performance in business or your personal life, when you continously try to improve even a little bit each day, you will find that you will make great strides over time.

For example, I have read over 110 books a year for the past 11 years. I have accomplished this task by investing a lot of 5 minute segments every day in my development. I also try to improve my business and personal relationships everyday, by asking questions and listening to what the other person is telling me. (and not telling me). This way I move the relationship forward one step at a time.

And this way I ensure that I am continuously improving and being better tomorrow than I am today.

So, what can you do today to make sure that you will be better tomorrow than you are today?

Motivational Quote: Learning

“You must learn from the mistakes of others, because you can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” – Sam Levenson