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After attending the University of South Carolina in the late 1950s, David Gilston began his insurance career with Combined Insurance Co., working with successful insurance businessman and philanthropist W. Clement Stone. At the start of his career, David attended a management training course where Stone handed out books to 18 students along with a single message: “Read this book, follow it and you’ll make as much money as you’ll want.”
The book was “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Published in 1937, this book has become a classic, sitting on the bookshelves of countless businesspeople. David was 25 years old when he first read “Think & Grow Rich” and he’s been a believer in its principles for 50 years. It’s how he built his own business, which supports insurance brokers and agents across the state of South Carolina through its Columbia and Charleston locations. The Gilston Agency is one of the state’s largest health insurance marketing and support organizations.
As he started his own business in the 1970s, David put Hill’s philosophy into action, writing out his goals, creating a plan of action and creating a mastermind alliance and surrounding himself with people who would help the company grow. One of those people was Tom Swayne, who started as an insurance salesman and has worked his way up to president of the company. Several of David’s employees have been with the company for more than a decade. Some of them subscribe to his philosophies and others simply pick up on the inspirational vibe that flows through the business.
David invites agents to meet with him and discuss this life-changing book!