On Jim Estill “…he turned out to be exactly the kind of business person you want designing the systems that help people thrive.” –Fortune Magazine
Self-described as “…a regular person doing a tiny bit and even doing that imperfectly…” Jim’s style is humble, pragmatic and driven. That can seem surprising for a man who became one of the first members of the Top 40 under 40, founder of a $2 billion company, and now CEO of a company with $400 Million in annual sales.
How does he do it?
One of his success tenets is to ‘do the right thing.’ In 2016, he decided to contribute $1.5 million of his own money, and his expertise in running an organization, to sponsor 50 Syrian refugee families. He stated: “I didn’t want to be 80 years old and know that I did nothing during the greatest humanitarian crisis of my time.”
His generosity of spirit extends to helping others become successful in business as well. He shares his success habits and time management techniques to get the most out of every day and reach goals.
In From Zero to $2billion – Success Habits, Jim shares lessons learned from his time running 2 multimillion dollar companies. Jim has codified his life into a set of his “success habits.” He believes in small changes that can make a big difference – like spending 20 minutes outside every day, no matter the weather, and having a “creative oasis” where you can do your best thinking. Others are broader, like ‘do the right thing’— which can be seen in his actions to sponsor Syrian refugees.
In Secrets of Leadership for Time Management, Jim notes ‘One of the reasons that time management is not enough is because time is not about quantity. Time is about quality. Take a moment to think about your highly productive hours or days over the last year. You probably accomplished more in those short periods of time than over weeks or even months of less productive work. The key to time leadership is to maximize your number of quality hours. Leadership allows you to establish your priorities.’ Jim shares his experience in learning to master not only efficiency skills but also effectiveness skills.
See more in this Toronto Life story on Jim Estill