Commit, connect, create. This was Gaskell’s mantra as he took the audience through his diverse career, beginning with his appointment as Porsche’s youngest UK managing director at the tender age of 32, where he was charged with revitalising an ailing brand. Gaskell proceeded to discuss the challenges of becoming an entrepreneur, from the creation of his online companies through to the management of his current wide-ranging portfolio of business interests.
Success starts with attitude; the ambition to do something extraordinary
During his speech and in the Q&A session after the dinner, Gaskell elaborated on the lessons he had learned along the way, not just as a businessman, but also an explorer and adventurer, having walked to the North Pole (twice), the South Pole and climbed Mount Everest. To paraphrase Henry T Ford, he said that success is a matter of mindset: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right”