“Zig” Ziglar was born in Coffee County in southeastern Alabama, to John Silas Ziglar and Lila Wescott Ziglar. He was the tenth of 12 children.

In 1931, when Ziglar was five years old, his father took a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he spent most of his early childhood. The next year, his father died of a stroke, and his younger sister died two days later.

Between 1943 and 1945, he participated in the Navy V-12 Navy College Training Program at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, South Carolina.

Career

With Richard “Dick” Gardner and Hal Krause, Ziglar was a charter member in the establishment of American Salesmasters in 1963. The company’s objective was to raise the image of salespeople in America by providing seminars. They began with cities across the Midwest (Memphis, Atlanta, Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago, Denver, etc), featuring speakers like Ziglar, Norman Vincent Peale, Ken McFarland, Cavett Robert, Bill Gove, Maxwell Maltz, Red Motley and many more. They booked an auditorium, put together a slate of speakers and contacted local businesses to sell tickets. Audiences included insurance agents, car salesmen, financial advisors, entrepreneurs, small business owners and curiosity seekers.

Ziglar went on to speak extensively for audiences of the National Association of Sales Education (NASE), founded by Dick Gardner in 1965, and also became a major sales trainer for Mary Kay Cosmetics. In 1968, he became a vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company and moved to Dallas, Texas. The company went bankrupt two years later.Subsequently, Ziglar spoke extensively at seminars for Peter Lowe, of Get Motivated, and eventually signed an exclusive agreement to support Peter Lowe events.

In addition to speaking, Ziglar wrote over 30 books. His first book, See You At The Top, was rejected 39 times before it was published in 1975. It is still in print today.

In 2007, a fall down a flight of stairs left him with short-term memory problems. Nonetheless, Ziglar continued taking part in motivational seminars until he retired in 2010.

Personal life

Ziglar met his wife, Jean, in 1944, in Jackson, Mississippi. He was 17 and she was 16; they married in late 1946. They had four children: Suzan, Tom, Cindy, and Julie.Ziglar, a Baptist, integrated Christianity into his motivational work. He was also a Republican who endorsed the former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee for his party’s presidential nomination in 2008.

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zig ziglar quotesHappiness is the ability to move forward knowing the future will be better than the past.

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zig ziglar quotes

What comes out of your mouth is determined by what goes into your mind.

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Be helpful when you see a person without a smile, give them yours.

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zig ziglar wish quotes

Will you look back and say “I wish I had” or “Im glad I did?”

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winner quotes

If you don’t see yourself as a winner, Then you cannot perform as a winner.

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zig ziglar wedding quotesMany people spend more time planning the wedding than they do planning the marriage.

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zig ziglar quotes on wantsYou can have everything in life you want, if you help other people get what they want

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zig ziglar self worthYour value does not decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth

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zig ziglar stability quotesMoving from survival to stability, from stability to success, from success to significance

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success quotes zig ziglarSuccess means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting, in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest in us, becoming all that we can do.

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new beggining zig ziglar quotesYou don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

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Sales quotes zig ziglarI have always said that everyone is in sales.Maybe you don’t hold the title of sales person, but if the business you are in requires you to deal with people, my friend, you are in sales.

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zig ziglar quotes right thingsWhen you do the right things in a right way, you have nothing to lose because you have nothing to fear.

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results of choices quotes zig ziglarEvery choice you make has an end result

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positive thinking quotes zig ziglarYou can make positive deposits in your economy everyday by reading and listening to powerful, positive, life-changing content and by associating with encouraging and hope-building people.

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negative thinking quotes zig ziglarPositive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

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paid more zig ziglar quotesWhen you do more than your paid for, eventually you will be paid for more than you do.

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opportunity quotes zig ziglarSuccess occurs when opportunity meets preparation.

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Beggining quotes zig ziglarYesterday ended last night. Today is a brand-new day. And it’s yours.

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motivation quotes zig ziglarPeople often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing–That’s why we recommend it daily.

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motivation quotes zig ziglarDo it and you will feel motivated to do it.

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smile quotes zig ziglarYour smile is your logo, your personality is your business card, how you leave others feeling after and experience with you becomes your trademark.

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living quotes zig ziglarBy altering our attitudes, we can alter our lives.

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learning quotes zig ziglarIf you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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hope quotes zig ziglar

Hope is the power that gives a person the confidence to step out and try.

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gratitude quotes zig ziglarThe more you express gratitude for what you have, the more things you’ll have to express gratitude for.

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grateful heart  quotes zig ziglarAmong the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.

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golf quotes zig ziglarThe real test in golf and in life is not in keeping out the rough, but in getting out after you are in!

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futuristic quotes zig ziglarHow you see your future is much more important than what has happened in the past.

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forgiveness quotes zig ziglarLook back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion, and up with gratitude.

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family life quotes zig ziglarFamily. Like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.

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failure quotes zig ziglarYou cannot climb the ladder of success dressed in the costume of failure.

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failure quotes zig ziglarRemember, Failure is an event not a person.

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success quotes zig ziglarThere is no elevator to success, you have to take the stairs.

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to do quotes zig ziglarYou’ve got to be before you can do, and you’ve got to do before you can have.

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move on quotes zig ziglarDon’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.

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obstacle and direction quotes zig ziglarWhen obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal, you do not change your decision to get there.

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getting there quotesIf you don’t know where you are going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else.

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choice quotes zig ziglarGetting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice.

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business quotes zig ziglarStatistics suggest that when customers complain, business owners and managers ought to get excited about it. The complaining customer represents a huge opportunity for more business.

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quotes on reading zig ziglarI read the paper and the bible everyday.That way I know what both sides are up to.

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success quotes zig ziglarI 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 is your home life is in shambles.

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achieving dreams quote zig ziglarIf you can dream it, you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.

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Life quotes zigziglarLack of direction, not lack of time is the problem. We all have twenty-four hours a day.

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worth remembering quotes zig ziglarMake today, worth remembering.

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self worth quotes zig ziglarYou are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.

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money quotes zig ziglarMoney isn’t the most important thing in life, but it’s reasonably close to oxygen on one’s ‘gotta have it’ scale.

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mistake quotes zig ziglarThe greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.

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joyful quotes zig ziglarTrue joy comes when you inspire, encourage and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her.

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happiness quotes zig ziglarThe greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times.

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friendship quotes zig ziglarIf you go out looking for friends, you’re going to find they are very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

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extra mile quotesThere are no traffic jams on the extra mile.

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quotes on time zig ziglarThis morning did you wake up to an “alarm clock” or an “opportunity clock?”

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attitude quotes zig ziglarYour attitude not your aptitude will determine your latitude.

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life quotes zig ziglarLife is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you.

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