It Starts with Goals

by Kimberly Smith - June 29th, 2011.
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goalsVisit with David Gilston and there’s a good chance you’ll leave his office with a motivational book – or two. But David isn’t a man who thinks leadership is simply handing out books and quoting an inspirational saying or two. He’s living the words he reads and has built a successful career based on the principles he’s put into practice for almost 50 years.

In his wallet, David carries slips of paper with handwritten words of wisdom. One is a definition of success: To live your life in your own way. To reach for the goals you have set for yourself. To be the best you that you want to be.

“I don’t look at it, I live it,” David says.

David is a firm believer in the power of goals. “Without goals,” he says, “you’re just floundering.”

He recognizes that goals may change with circumstances. Sometimes the goal is simply survival, other times it’s to provide a good living for your family and sometimes it’s back to survival. But having goals and writing them down are of the utmost importance – so much so that David writes his goals daily.

Each day, he rises before the sun at 4 a.m. and spends an hour reading a motivational book. At 5 a.m. he leaves the house to walk for 4 miles – smoking two cigars along the way – for what David calls his “quiet time.”

He then rewrites his goals every morning because you have to write a goal down or it’s just a dream, he says. In fact, one of David’s favorite says – and the inscription on the company’s pens – is “No Goals, No Glory.”

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