Two Life Secrets I Learned From The Quotes Of Zig Ziglar

Photo from Zig Ziglar’s official website

Zig Ziglar Goes Home

Last week, the world lost one of its most beloved motivational speakers – Zig Ziglar. Zig passed away on November 28, 2012, from pneumonia. In the last five years, he has struggled physically from a brain injury after a fall down a flight of stairs.

Zig Ziglar is best known as a motivational speaker. He has done numerous live seminars. He has written over 30 books. He has audio and video recordings of his seminars that have been readily available for many years now. If you’ve had any connection with the self-help, success, and motivational world, then you know Zig Ziglar.

What I’ve Learned From Zig Ziglar

Over the past several years, I have listened to many of these motivational recordings from Zig Ziglar. I have read some of his writing. I have seen some of his seminars on DVD.

If there are two primary life lessons I have taken away from Zig Ziglar, it would be these:

1. Better thinking leads to better living. We can see this in the following quotes from Zig such as:

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin ‘thinkin’ which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes.

If you want to reach a goal, you must “see the reaching” in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

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

I believe there are a lot of important truths contained in these quotes. The world would be a much better place, today, if all of us would work on better thinking, expectations, and attitudes.

2. Helping people get what they want is important to successful living. We can see this advice revealed in the following quotes:

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

If you treat your wife like a thoroughbred, you’ll never end up with a nag.

People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.

The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them, but to reveal theirs.

In our drive to be successful, it’s very easy to forget that the people around us are a large part of that journey. The more people we can help along the way, the greater and deeper our own success will be.

How About You?

How’s you’re thinking? Do you need a check up from the neck up?

And, how are your relationships with those around you? Are you taking them on the journey with you? Are you helping people get what they want out of life?

These two ‘big ideas” from Zig Ziglar can definitely help create a successful life for all of us.

Do you have some additional favorite quotes or other big ideas from Zig Ziglar? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Larry Jones is the Generosity Pastor at First Baptist Raytown in Kansas City, Missouri. He blogs regularly on the topic of extraordinary stewardship with maximum Kingdom impact at He is the author of BEYOND DAVE AND FINANCIAL PEACE: ACCELERATING PAST AVERAGE WITH YOUR MONEY PLAN available on Amazon Kindle.

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