A lot has already been written to mark the passing of Zig Ziglar, one of America’s great inspirational speakers and motivators. One of the best obituaries was written by the Los Angeles Times.
For us at Bovo-Tighe, this is a very personal loss, even though none of us knew Mr. Ziglar. His core messages of personal responsibility, positive thinking and a bias towards action in controlling our personal and professional lives deeply infuse all the work we do with clients to build employee engagement and foster true leadership.
“I read of Zig Ziglar’s passing and said a quick prayer of gratitude for all the engery, passion and wisdom he delivered non-stop for 42 years. My life is richer for Zig Ziglar’s message,” wrote Brooke Bovo in a message to the company this week.
“Zig gave a lot to all of us. He was in many ways the founder of the modern motivational world, and therefore very foundational to all of us at Bovo-Tighe, reinforcing our own human development philosophies,” wrote Dave Tighe.
We will miss him as a person and a personality: No one can duplicate the genuine fervor and affection he brought to his work with people. But his uplifting example remains with us in his printed words and his recorded videos. Through these he will serve as inspiration for untold numbers of people for decades to come. If each of us can only accomplish a small percentage of the good work Zig Ziglar achieved in his life, each of our lives will be well-spent!
To celebrate the legacy of Zig Ziglar, we share a handful of our favorite inspirational quotes. As you read them, notice that the wisdom is not new, but Mr. Ziglar had a real knack for expressing universal truths in ways that a lot of people found easy to grasp (as in “understand” and “hold onto”):
“The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.”
“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
“You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”
“You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”
“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission”
“Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.”
“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
“It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
(Find more quotes here.)
Finally, here is a quote that captures the tremendous value that awaits you by choosing to live a positive, energetic, forward-thinking life:
“There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”
If everyone went the extra mile, it would cease to be an advantage. It is unfortunate, but a majority of people don’t make that effort. So when you do, it offers you better chances to succeed in whatever you strive to do.
Share your thoughts on Zig Ziglar if he and his work inspired you at any point in your life!