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Z For Zig Ziglar

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.

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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!


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  2. usha menon usha menon May 14, 2014

    Such a nice and useful collection of quotations from Zig Ziglar. These quotes are all applicable in our day to day life. Thanks Corinne and thanks Vidya.

  3. Proactive Indian Proactive Indian May 7, 2014

    “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.” This is my favourite ZZ quote. In fact, I use it in most of my comments on any post about friendship. Any person who has many friends will vouch for the accuracy of these words!

    After reading this post, I must add: “People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.”

    Corinne, congratulations on completing A-Z with a bang! Vidya, thanks for providing the bang!!
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  4. Kathy Kathy May 7, 2014

    I loved the last quote! Made me smile! Very entertaining tribute to the author and a great choice for the letter Z. ♥
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  5. Pixie Pixie May 6, 2014

    such lovely quotes!!

    one of my favorites –
    “Hold fast to dreams,
    For if dreams die
    Life is a broken-winged bird,
    That cannot fly.”

    “The best and the most beautiful things in this world cannot be touched;
    they must be felt with the heart”

  6. Jyothi Nair Jyothi Nair May 6, 2014

    I loved the last quote. I haven’t heard about this author before. Must read soon. 🙂
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  7. Shilpa Garg Shilpa Garg May 6, 2014

    I recently followed Zig Ziglar on Facebook and am getting daily dose of inspiration and motivation and a lot to ponder too! My fav from the pearls you shared is : Don’t count on the things you do. Do the things that count!!
    Good to see you here, Vidya 🙂

  8. Shailaja V Shailaja V May 6, 2014

    Love the qutotes! My favourites are the last one (bathing indeed 😉 ) and this one:
    You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.

    There is so much said in that sentence. You can write an entire book/ a post on it. Thanks for having her over on your blog, Corinne.
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  9. Beloo Mehra Beloo Mehra May 5, 2014

    O this is fabulous! Two master-bloggers together on one blog 🙂 What a great collection of ZZ quotes here, Vidya! I don’t think I could ever sell anyone anything (actually, no that’s not true, I did sell fourteen years worth of stuff – furniture, household/kitchen stuff, even some paintings and other artsy stuff within a matter of few days when I moved from the US to India, but that’s the one and only time) but I appreciate the talent it takes to convince/persuade others to buy. It is not easy at all..but it is an art, I think. Some people do it so effortlessly, at least that’s what I have noticed.
    Oh, I liked this quote in particular – “Some people find fault like there is a reward for it.” So well said! And yes, that bathing quote is perfect 🙂
    Congrats Corinne for completing the challenge, and thank you ladies for another fun post 🙂
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  10. Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | May 5, 2014

    Vidya – Thank you for this. ZZ is one of my favourites too – and I especially like the last quote about motivation/bathing! 🙂
    Corinne Rodrigues recently posted..A Xenial GodMy Profile

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