Monday, December 3, 2012

To Zig Ziglar

About Zig Ziglar [1926 - 2012]
"The Master of Motivation” Zig Ziglar has been described as “One of America’s Icons", “the salesman’s salesman” and “A legacy that will forever impact our history.” Helping people to achieve long-term balanced success based on his philosophy of character, attitude and skills, he has impacted more than a quarter billion people and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who act on his philosophy. [Src: http://www.ziglar.com/aboutus_zig_ziglar_bio.html ]

I first came across Zig Ziglar several years ago by reading a quote of his. Since then, I have read several of his writings and heard / viewed several podcasts / videos.
What I found personally unique and interesting about his profile are:
(i) His voice - So full of energy, positivity, optimism and hope (If you've heard any of his speeches, you will know what I mean!)
(ii) His messages and articulation - Inspiring, positive and genuine (spoken from the heart!)
(iii) His insightful quotes in which there is a wealth of wisdom (Creating quotes which will be part of the quote bank for years to come is both a skill and art, and definitely not easy! Creating a meaningful quote requires lots of focus, experience, analysis, awareness, comprehension and of course conclusion of your thoughts)
(iv) The fact that he has authored 30+ books in addition to everything else he did in life. (And anyone who ever wrote a book will tell you that writing and publishing a book is no easy task!)
(v) He spoke 150 times a year, and well into his 70s he was speaking 60 times a year. His fee was $50,000 a speech, plus expenses.(Wow! How many people can do this?)
(vi)  His survivors include his wife of 66 years, Jean; two daughters, Julie Norman and Cindy Oates; a son, Tom; 7 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. (That's a part of his legacy)
(vii) After a long and difficult career as a salesman, pitching products as diverse as cookware and insurance, Mr. Ziglar decided that the product he sold best was his own energy and optimism. He began speaking to sales groups in the 1950s, but he could not afford to do it full time until the early 1970s.(How many of us can sell energy and optimism?)
(viii) His persona was awe-inspiring, even through the digital world (I can say as I've never met him and am yet awe-struck by his persona)
(ix) His wit and humor were a class-apart. (How many of us can infuse humor so effortlessly, relevantly and meaningfully in our oral communication?
(x) He had a formula: Prepare extensively every time, be funny (“Every seven to nine minutes I’ll have them laughing”), and frequently reinforce the broader message (“I make certain that every five minutes I’m giving them a concept, an idea, a process, a hope builder”).[Src: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/business/zig-ziglar-86-motivational-speaker-and-author.html?_r=0 ].

In this blog, I am listing a few of his quotes which are my personal favorites: 
 "It's not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you"

"Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude"

“People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”

“People don’t buy for logical reasons. They buy for emotional reasons.”

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now”

"Unless you have definite precise, clearly set goals, you are not going to realize the maximum potential that lies within you"

"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty"

"3 Components for Success - Will, Skill, Refill"
 
As I browsed through all the social media activity about Zig Ziglar for the past few days (Twitter, Blogs, Newspaper articles, etc.) - I could not help but notice that everyone who ever said anything about him was all POSITIVE! Every single word of it was positive, and was really about how he made a difference in the life of people and the world at large.
In my view, that is probably the GREATEST LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT... That you leave behind a legacy so strong, so powerful and so positive.
Thank You Zig Ziglar! Rest In Peace

References to read more about Zig Ziglar 
http://www.ziglar.com/
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/28/showbiz/zig-ziglar-obit/index.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/business/zig-ziglar-86-motivational-speaker-and-author.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnbaldoni/2012/11/29/zig-ziglar-encouraging-others-to-believe-in-themselves/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/zig-ziglar-upbeat-motivational-speaker-and-author-dies-at-86/2012/11/28/b52bd4ea-397e-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html

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