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Rest in Peace Zig Ziglar


I was just thinking about Zig Ziglar the other day as I was driving home from downtown Atlanta.  I was listening to a business podcast and thought, “Hey, I haven’t listened to my Zig Ziglar CDs in such a long time.  I’d love to listen to them again.  I wonder where they’re at…”

A Toastmasters friend gave me those first Zig Ziglar CDs more than a decade ago.  Hearing Zig speak was motivating and when I first got them, I played them over and over.  Not only did his words inspire me.  They made me want to be a professional speaker too.

I still have the program book from the one time I got to see him live in person.

A fellow professional speaker was the one who told me that Zig passed away today.  Very fitting.


I loved listening to CDs of Zig doing what he does best in front of a live audience.  I hope you get a chance to hear them.

Until then, here are some of my favorite Zig Ziglar quotes, taken from Forbes.


“Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.”

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

“If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.”

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

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


And a few more Zig quotes to add of my own…

“Motivation gets you going, but habit gets you there.”

“You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind.  You can change what you are and where you are by changing what does into your mind.”

“When people ask me when I’m going to retire, I always repond, ‘Why on earth should I quit doing something I thoroughly enjoy?  As a matter of fact, I’m not going to ease up, let up, shut or give up until I’m taken up!  Actually, I’m just getting warmed up!'”


Zig has now been taken up.  Are heaven’s angels ever in from some motivational talks!

Thank you for sharing your voice and inspiring us, Zig.  You will be missed

If Zig inspired you too, won’t you leave a message for his family?  Click here to share with Zig’s family.