Like millions of people around the world, I was deeply saddened to learn today that Zig Ziglar had passed away.

He was world renowned as one of the foremost motivational teacher/trainers of our time, speaking to millions. In addition, he published 28 books. I especially admired the way his religious beliefs were reflected in much of his teaching.

I can’t remember now when I first heard about him, or came across one of his wonderful quotes that offered so much help and inspiration in a few short words, but it feels to me like he has been there for ever – one of the people I turned to first when I needed a compelling, concise quote for a piece of writing I was working on. Or for myself.

Zig Ziglar was born on November 6th 1926, the 10th of 12th children. His childhood wasn’t easy, both his father and sister died within months of each other in 1932. His mother was left to raise 11 children by herself.

I never met Zig Ziglar, although I would love to have done, but I have to wonder whether it was partly his childhood that made him the huge success he was to become as an adult.

I have chosen a selection of some his most memorable thoughts. You can find many, many others on the internet.

“It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.

“You cannot tailor-make the situations in life, but you can tailor-make the attitudes to fit those situations”

“Every choice you make has an end result.”

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.”

“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want”

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

“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”

“If you don’t have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer.”

“The major difference between the big shot and the little shot is the big shot is just a little shot who kept on shooting.”

“When you set goals, something inside of you starts saying, “Let’s go, let’s go,” and ceilings start to move up.”

RIP Zig Ziglar – and thank you!

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