Jim Clarke – NW Restoration

Jim Clarke bought NW Restoration in 2008. NW Restoration handles repairs and refurbishment for homes that have suffered damage from disasters like fire and flooding. If there’s one thing I’m taking away from this conversation it’s the importance of attitude, both in believing you can succeed and in battling through obstacles. Jim is a fighter, and has brought his business a long way from the 2008 collapse in construction. I hope you’ll enjoy the insights he offers.

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Topics Covered:

  • The process of buying the business
  • How he went about gaining knowledge to succeed
  • How he assessed the risks
  • Making sure the business survived so he could provide for his family.
  • “Don’t let fear dictate your decision”
  • Importance of battling through (in sports, teaching grittiness to kids)  
  • Most people are entrepreneurial, any successful person has that problem solving attitude.

Thanks again, to Jim Clarke for making the time to be on the show. You can find his business NW Restoration at http://nwrestoration.com/

Books mentioned in this podcast:

Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (Larry Bossidy, Ram Charan, Charles Burck)

Good to Great (Jim Collins)

Whale Hunting: How to Land Big Sales and Transform Your Company (Tom Searcy, and Barbara Weaver Smith)

Shoe Dog (Phil Knight)

Grit (Angela Duckworth) -my own contribution to this list, not directly mentioned in the podcast, but still great reading in line with Jim’s discussion of “battling”

If you liked this podcast you can find more episodes on apple itunes and all other apps under Why Try. You can also find episodes at nicholaspihl.com (that’s P I H L).

Also, please do me a favor and visit the facebook page “Why Try, the Podcast” and click like, follow, and share to help others discovery Why Try. I also created a group called “Why Try, the Focus Group” where I periodically ask for suggestions, guest ideas, and for other areas you’d like to learn about. Maybe you’re interested in hearing about how someone started a nonprofit, or who the heck decides to start a business maintaining outhouses. If you’d like to get more engaged in the podcast, offer suggestions, learn more about entrepreneurship, or even promote your own business, this is a great place to do it.

Music for this podcast is by Cambrian Explosion

Thanks for listening!

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