Jim Estill has invested in more than 150 startups, founded several companies and is currently the CEO of Danby Appliances. In 2015 he gained international attention for his response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria, sponsoring Syrian families and implementing systems to help hundreds of refugees arrive, settle and begin meaningful lives in Canada.
In this episode of Chatter That Matters, Estill discusses how he credits his success to accumulating many small routines that build willpower. He says these “success habits,” ranging from writing in his gratitude journal to meditating and exercising, contribute significantly to his power to get things done.
Estill chats about his belief in the “power of while” — the notion of what can be done while doing something else. Pre-pandemic, he was famous for his walking meetings, which blend business with exercise and contribute to a balanced day. A serial entrepreneur and investor, Estill discusses his move to CEO of Danby Appliances and how his tagline, “Do the right thing,” colours the way he works, leads and lives.
A highly successful, self-made business leader, Estill shares nuggets of advice to small business owners, the role philanthropy has played in his life and what inspires him throughout his journey.
Chatter That Matters is hosted by the Marketing Hall of Legends and the Canadian Marketing and PR Hall of Fame Inductee Tony Chapman. Tony wants to counter the storm of negativity and a growing sense of impossibility by sharing true stories of possibility and positivity. Stories of people who make things happen, despite today’s challenging circumstances. In doing so, he hopes their life lessons inspire others to do more and to be more. RBC is the presenting sponsor.
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