Zig Ziglar is known throughout the world for his inspirational and motivational speeches. A preferred consultant – and even business partner – not only by Fortune 500 companies but also by world leaders, he lived a life of giving. His words became the driving force to those who needed them, when they needed them most.
Know more about the man who believed that every man or woman was born to win.
The Beginnings of Zig Ziglar
Hilary Hinton Ziglar was born on November 6, 1926, in Coffee County, Alabama. He was the 10th child of John Silas Ziglar and Lila Wescott Ziglar, who have 11 other children. Ziglar was born prematurely. Believe it or not, he died nine days after his birth – but was later revived in his grandmother’s arms. When he turns five, he and his family would move to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he would spend the rest of his childhood.
Unfortunately, the year after their move, his father would die of a stroke, leaving his mother to care for all her children. Ziglar would later recall memories of their struggle, and call his mother a “remarkable woman” for her strength and values. In 1947, Ziglar would drop out of college and move to Lancaster, South Carolina to work as a fulltime cookware salesman for WearEver Aluminum Company.
It was here where he met the WearEver divisional supervisor P. C. Merrell, who fires up the shy Ziglar from a small Mississippi town. As his skills in sales improve, he starts moving up the career ladder. Soon, he was promoted to divisional supervisor.
He left the industry in 1970 to begin his speaking career. It was also the same year when Zig Ziglar Corporation was founded. At first, he was introduced to speaking engagements as H. H. Ziglar, but eventually, he earned the nickname “Zig”.
He will be known to this day as the celebrated Zig Ziglar. In 1975, he published his first book “See You at the Top” after it was initially rejected by 30 publishers. Zig retired in 2010 and moved to Plano, Texas, with his wife, Jean.
Zig Ziglar: The Legacy
Someone once said that great people are like comets. They streak across the skies once in many years – but when they do, they leave a blinding streak of light for everyone to see. Zig Ziglar was like a comet. He died on November 28, 2012, just shortly after his 66th wedding anniversary. He died of pneumonia in a hospital in Plano, Texas. Although gone, his teachings and legacy leave on. After more than 40 years of empowering people and traveling more than 5 million miles around the world, there’s still much to learn.
He left plenty of books, recordings, and video lectures that will live on in the hearts and minds of those who have witnessed his inspirational talks. His son, Tom Ziglar, is now the CEO of Ziglar Inc. and continues his father’s legacy to “help enough other people get what they want”.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, or you want to maximize your potential, get your daily dose of motivation from these Zig Ziglar quotes.
Inspirational Zig Ziglar Quotes