See You At The Top! My Tribute to Zig Ziglar

It’s November 28, 2012. This morning I was saddened to learn that Zig Ziglar passed away due to complications from Pneumonia. While I was never lucky enough to meet him in person, his message of positivity and hope, and simple success lessons of how to live a life of significance is a lasting legacy I will carry with me, and pass along to my children. He has published countless books, among them “Born to Win“, “See You at the Top“, “Confessions of a Happy Christian“, and “Better than Good“. His teachings are followed by some of the greats, including Lou Hotlz, Seth Godin, Ken Blanchard, and Dave Ramsey. Here are my favorite quotes from Zig:

  1. “Motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; That’s why we recommend it daily.”
  2. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
  3. “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”
  4. “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.”
  5. “You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”
  6. “Failure is an event not a person”
  7. “Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”
  8. “When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.”
  9. “Ask yourself a question: Is my attitude worth catching?”
  10. “It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.”
  11. “Character got us out of bed, commitment moved us into action, and discipline enabled us to follow through.”
  12. “You were born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be you must plan to win and prepare to win. Then and only then can you legitimately expect to win.”
  13. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
  14. “A goal, properly set, is halfway reached.”
  15. “You will get all you want in life – if you help enough other people get what they want.”

And from Zig’s twitter account, just two days ago: “The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love & loyalty. Zig Ziglar”

Of course, Zig Ziglar quotes can also be found in motivational mantras across the fitness industry…

You may not have even realized it, but perhaps you, too, have been affected by Zig Ziglar, or someone he mentored. The world truly lost someone special today. It makes me more determined than ever to live life with significance, the way he taught for many, many years.

Rest in peace Zig. You were Better than Good! See You at the Top!

 

 

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