Live video feed of Zig Ziglar speaking at the ...

Live video feed of Zig Ziglar speaking at the Get Motivated Seminar at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Zig Ziglar was the first motivational speaker that I ever came across when I was in my late teens.

He recently passed away, aged 86 and has influenced many of today’s well-known speakers and entrepreneurs with his practical wisdom and encouraging manner.

Among his 48 books are the well-known titles, “See You At the Top” and “Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World” and he sold millions of copies over the years.

He had many inspirational and thought-provoking quotes over the years.  Here are a few of my favourites:

I 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.

I love this one as I have seen too many marriages and parent/child relationships ruined because people are so focused on their careers, that they forget about their families.  If you want to be called successful, finding an appropriate balance between work and family is crucial.  When in doubt, put your marriage and kids first, in 20 years time, you’ll be glad that you did.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last.  Well, neither does bathing and that’s why we recommend it daily.

This is a classic and iconic Ziglar quote.  It’s a great reminder that relying on an annual motivational seminar is insufficient if you want to maintain your enthusiasm and motivation for success.  Finding a way to connect with your goals on a daily basis is a terrific way to keep your momentum going.

You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help other people get what they want.

This is an important quote as it outlines the importance of interpersonal relationships when planning for success.  Far too many people are content to use others to get what they want out of life, but Ziglar teaches that this isn’t necessary.  Having an outward focus helps us to not only get to the top, but to make sure that we’re not lonely when we get there.

Attitude, not aptitude, determines altitude.

So true.  I’ve seen a lot of very smart people struggle with their careers because of their negative attitudes.  Conversely, I’ve seen many people who didn’t have book-smarts who could manage their relationships well, remain optimistic during challenging times and were enthusiastic about what they did who have been able to perform phenomenal feats.

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.

This is a great one to finish with and it leads me to ask two questions:

  • Who are you encouraging so that they can go further than they could imagine?
  • Who’s encouraging you?

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