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The Passing of a Legend: Inspiration from Zig Ziglar

 

You cannot tailor-make the situations in life but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations. - Zig Ziglar

describe the imageMuch like the rest of the sales and marketing community, we were saddened by the news that Zig Ziglar passed away this morning. He was a man whose words meant so much to so many, sales professionals and otherwise.

I've read a few of Zig's books and seen some of his speeches online. As I reflect on why his teachings were so impactful, I've come to the conclusion that he was effective because his messages were simple; his teachings were accessible in the minds of the audience. That is to say he didn't use complicated jargon or twisted logic to arrive at conclusions; when he talked, people listened... and even more, they understood. Light bulbs went off instantaneously when he spoke.

Our thoughts go out to his family. We lost a true American treasure and icon. Feel free to comment with your thoughts on Zig and how his words may have helped you in your career or in life.

We leave you with a few inspirational Zig Ziglar videos:



Comments

Zig Ziglar is the gold standard. 
 
Positivity and negativity are the same...they are both a choice and contagious. I choose to be positive and infect others. 
 
Thanks for all the lessons Zig.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:47 PM by Dan
You're absolutely right, Dan. Positivity is a mindset.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:49 PM by Garrett Hollander
During my college years and beyond, I worked for The Southwestern Company selling educational books door-to-door to families in their homes to help pay for my college tuition and expenses. For 7+ years, through the ups and downs, I listened to and devoured "See You at the Top" and other Zig Ziglar books and tapes. The stories I heard and the lessons I learned still stay with me today almost 25 years later. I am saddened by his passing and will miss him very much.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:49 PM by Jeff
Zig was one of a "KIND". Not only a great motivational speaker, but a true honest and caring individual. He will be missed by all his followers He leaves us many tools to continue to use his teachings. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 12:50 PM by Lee Gehrig
"Its not your aptitude but it's your attitude that determines your altitude" Zig  
 
Thank you Zig you made an impact on me.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 1:06 PM by Jody Johnson
Zig said that he worked for the NBA once. That is the National Benevolence Association. To tell people part of the story as a way to allow them to beileve other then the truth is a form of lying.
Posted @ Wednesday, November 28, 2012 3:37 PM by John JOrgensen
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