Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, author of “See You at the Top,” dies in Texas at age 86

Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, author of “See You at the Top,” dies in Texas at age 86

I know many of you are Zig Ziglar fans.    I just heard that motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who wrote more than 30 books and focused on positivity and leading a balanced life, died Wednesday in Texas.  He was 86.  Ziglar, who had been suffering from pneumonia, died at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano.  He touched many people in the course of his life and I was so fortunate to have known him and had the opportunity to have learned so many of the life lessons that he taught.

Here is a short clip of Ziglar in 1969 using his pump handle to make a great point.

“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”                                                          

~Zig Ziglar

You will notice the American Salesmasters flag and podium banner in the video.  This was the very first product that I ever sold –Zig Zigler’s, “Today is the first day of the Rest of your Life”film in 16mm.  Sales Training has come a long way since then.  He was truly a great man and made an incredible influence in my life and those of thousands of others.  There will never be another one like him.  I was so lucky to get to spend some time with Zig and “I’ll hope to see him again at the TOP!”

Here is more information on Zig Ziglar and his life of accomplishments:

Zig Ziglar has been described as “One of America’s Icons,” “the salesman’s salesman” and “A legacy that will forever impact our history.” Helping people to achieve long-term balanced success based on his philosophy of character, attitude and skills, he has impacted more than a quarter billion people and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who act on his philosophy.

 As a best-selling author, Zig Ziglar has written more than 29 sales and motivational books, 10 of which have appeared on best-seller lists and have been translated into more than 36 different languages and dialects worldwide.  He’s been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, Success Magazine, and Esquire Magazine. Ziglar motivational books and programs are widely distributed through multiple channels including the Ziglar website,, and the world’s largest producer of audio programs, Nightingale-Conant.

In the media Ziglar has appeared on such venues as the Today Show, 20/20, the Phil Donahue Show and 60 minutes.

As a speaker, Zig has repeatedly appeared with six former U.S. presidents; world leaders and news makers like Rudy Giuliani, Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, and Lady Margaret Thatcher; business leaders, famous speakers and authors such as Seth Godin, Debi Fields, Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and Denis Waitley; and countless sports and Hollywood celebrities such as Paul Harvey and Joe Montana.

Recognized for his work, Ziglar has been documented three times in the Congressional Record of the United States for his work with youth in the drug war, and for his dedication to America and the free enterprise system.