was a popular American motivational speaker
and self help author. He came from humble
beginnings to be an expert sales person,
best selling author, and highly sought
after public speaker. Ziglar has successfully
blended his own religious beliefs with
positive thinking to create a philosophy
that is his own.
Zig Ziglar was born as Hilary Hinton Ziglar
on the 6th of November, 1926. He was born
in Alabama, but was mostly raised in Yazoo
City, Mississippi. Ziglar was child number
ten of twelve and went through much hardship
growing up. His father died in 1932, just
weeks before his youngest sister also
died. This left his mother to care and
provide for her eleven siblings by herself.
After serving in the Navy and being discharged
in 1946, Ziglar briefly started studying
at the University of South Carolina. Choosing
to pursue a career in sales, rather than
full time study, he started selling pots
and pans for the Wearever Aluminum Company.
Although he struggled in the beginning,
Ziglar improved his sales skills over
several years, selling products for various
In the early 1970s Zig Ziglar began his
career as a full time motivational speaker
and self help author. His self help classic
"See You at the Top" was first
published in the early seventies. It went
on to be reprinted again and again, with
sales still strong after 30 years of it
first being published.
Ziglar is a born again Christian with
a very strong belief in God. Many of his
books are written from a Christian perspective
or at least have subtle evangelizing messages
within them. One of his favorite phrases
is "You can have everything in
life that you want if you will just help
enough other people get what they want."
Over his long and successful career he
has published more than twenty five books
on leadership, personal growth, sales,
faith, family, Christianity, and success.
He has also published and recorded a long
list of audio programs, videos, books
and training curriculums for individuals,
small businesses, Fortune 500 companies,
churches, and nonprofit organizations.
believe that being successful means having
a balance of success stories across the
many areas of your life. You can't truly
be considered successful in your business
life if your home life is in shambles."
Zig Ziglar Quote
Selected published books by Zig Ziglar
Than Good: Creating a Life You Can't
Wait to Live - Published in 2006
of a Grieving Christian - Published
101: What Every Successful Sales Professional
Needs to Know - Published in 2003
for Dummies - Published in 1998
The Top - Published in 1997
You at the Top - First published in
Zig Ziglar passed away at the age of 86
with pneumonia. He died on the 28th of
November, 2012 in a Plano, Texas hospital.
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