A giant of motivational speaking, Zig Ziglar, died this Wednesday (November 28) leaving a legacy of empowering individuals to be the best versions of themselves. He was the self-described “Undisputed King of Motivation” and known in the US and around the world for his seminars which at times could pack arenas.
He wrote more than two dozen books on motivation and salesmanship over fifty years including “See you at the Top” and “Embracing the Struggle” to name but a few.
He held a message of positive attitude, motivation and success through stories that were to become his trademarks. I have always felt that the use of language is one of the most powerful currencies we trade in as coaches. His quotes live on as a testimony to his ability to articulate a thought in a way that motivates and inspires.
Here are a few of my favorites.
- “Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.”
- “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
- “Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.”
- “Of course motivation is not permanent. But then, neither is bathing; but it is something you should do on a regular basis.”
- “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
- “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
- “You can have everything in life that you want if you just give enough other people what they want.”
Here is a link to a full obituary on his life from the Washington Post.
He will be missed.