Zig Ziglar

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We lost a motivational pioneer yesterday.  Zig Ziglar, born in Coffee County, Alabama on November 6, 1926, died of pneumonia at the age of 86 in Texas.  A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Mr. Ziglar was the author of more than 30 books, a premier motivational speaker, and an expert on sales and personal development.  He was also influential with the development of the National Speakers Association (NSA), a professional speaking organization that I am affiliated with.  A devout Christian, his mission in life was to make a difference in the lives of others.  I, particularly, like one of his many platforms of advocating a balanced life.  If you think about it, most everything in our lives must be balanced.  Many of the unpleasant issues we experience are caused by failing to maintain proper balance.

In 2007, I had the pleasure of performing at an event where Mr. Ziglar appeared as guest.  My wife, Brooke, and I had the pleasure of meeting him and hearing him speak.  During his speech, I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, I hope I can think and speak like that when I am his age!” Zig_photo He was as sharp as a tack.  His personal assistant, Jay Hellwig, stated in an article published today on MercuryNews.com (San Jose, California) that Mr. Ziglar “had the uncanny ability to make everyone he ran into feel like they were his friend.”  Although our introduction was brief, he certainly made my wife and I feel just that.

If you can dream it, then you can achieve it.  You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” ~ Zig Ziglar.  His legacy and influence will continue on.