Day 26 of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge! And it is Z for Zig Ziglar!

Today, I’m thrilled to have Vidya Sury guest posting here – sharing her admiration for Zig Ziglar. Thanks a ton, Vidya! 🙂


Vidya Sury

Vidya Sury is a professional copywriter, editor and blogger. In a previous life, she was a corporate powerhouse. She now works from home crafting connections between businesses and their target markets, but prefers to focus on collecting smiles, playing with her dust bunnies, showing her diabetes who’s boss and celebrating the little things. She loves coffee, people, cooking, reading, writing, photography and travel. Vidya blogs at Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles, Coffee with Mi and Your Medical Guide. She enjoys writing for Blogging Betties and Write Tribe.


daisys_400Zig Ziglar (1926-2012) is an American Author, Salesman and motivational Speaker and trainer and World War II veteran. He has written more than two dozen books, all of which are best-sellers. He has millions of fans.

My first introduction to Zig Ziglar (1926-2012) was in 1989, when I began my sales career. The company I worked with had amazing sales training programs and it was during one of these that a book by Zig Ziglar titled “Secrets of closing the sale” was recommended for reading. I remember devouring the book. Closing is one of the toughest stages in the sales cycle and as a newbie, I could do with every bit of advice I could get. And who can dispute the master salesman? I still have the book. I believe that it not only made me a better salesperson, but taught me a lot of interpersonal interactions. After all, as Zig says, “Selling is essentially a transfer of feelings”. That’s the truth. If I progressed from being a salesperson to a trainer, I believe Ziglar influenced that decision.

I felt the difference it made in my personal as well as professional life. What a huge difference a mentor can make.

But Zig is not just famous for his sales wisdom. He has written a number of books related to personal development, attitude development, ethics, motivational books, books on productivity and skill development.

Zig Ziglar inspirational quotes are very popular. They also come with a nice dose of humor, hope and enthusiasm.

Here are some of my favorites:

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

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

Don’t listen to people who tell you what to do. Listen to people who encourage you to do what you know in your heart is right.

Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.

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

If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.

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

If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.

A goal properly set is halfway reached.

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

If you can dream it, you can achieve it.

Don’t count on the things you do. Do the things that count.

And one of my all-time favorites:
People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.

Do you have a favourite set of quotes that inspire you? Please share in the comments!