In his mid-twenties, Willy was having difficulty selling a commercial space. So, he decided to buy the space himself and open a pizzeria, but he had to obtain funding. He approached a local bank for a loan and pitched his idea: he was going to make quality pizzas larger than his head and sell them at a reasonable price. The bank gave Willy a loan on one condition: every time the banker visited Godfather's Pizza, he wanted to see Willy working. Willy said this was the best advice ever because it forced him to work even harder and understand the business on a minute, day-to-day level. When Willy sold Godfather's Pizza in 2014, they had over 900 franchises all over the United States.
Even though Willy did not have access to Clifton StrengthsFinder and EP10 when he started Godfather's Pizza, he has learned a lot about himself from taking both assessments at age 69. Willy's strengths that were identified through the Clifton StrengthsFinder were spot on. He felt that his strengths provided insight into how he worked as a person, as an entrepreneur and as a boss.
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