Zig and Tom Ziglar
Zig Ziglar is an all-American success story. Having grown up in a turbulent and difficult time, Zig Ziglar’s great compassion for people and their potential came about by observing his highly principled mother. Affected at a very early age by the death of his father, Zig learned firsthand the importance of self-reliance and a balanced work ethic.
This foundation would eventually become his motto of: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
Zig Ziglar is an all-American success story. Having grown up in a turbulent and difficult time, Zig Ziglar’s great compassion for people and their potential came about by observing his highly principled mother. Affected at a very early age by the death of his father, Zig learned firsthand the importance of self-reliance and a balanced work ethic. This foundation would eventually become his motto of: “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
As a talented author and speaker, his international appeal transcended every color, culture and career. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, Zig Ziglar’s unique delivery style and powerful messages earned him many honors and he was considered one of the most versatile authorities on the science of human potential. Having shared the stage with Presidents Ford, Reagan and Bush, General Norman Schwarzkopf and Secretary of State Colin Powell, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, Paul Harvey and Dr. Robert Schuller, he was one of the most sought-after personal development trainers in the world. As a patriot he was recognized 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. Titans of business, politics and sports consider him to be the single greatest influence in their lives.
From humble beginnings in Yazoo City, Mississippi, to the Hall of Fame in Sales and Marketing, Zig Ziglar’s career was one of consistent accomplishments. The earliest victories in large national sales organizations and a professional speaking career that allowed him to traverse this globe are the foundation upon which the corporation that bears his name was built. In July 2001 the National Speakers Association honored Zig Ziglar with their highest award, “The Cavett.”
Since 1970, individuals and institutions utilized an extensive collection of Ziglar audios, videos, books and training curriculum. The client list of Ziglar, Inc., reads like a who’s who in American and global business. Ten of his thirty-two books have been on the best-seller lists and his titles have been translated into more than forty languages and dialects. Having been featured in such publications as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Dallas Morning News, Fortune, Time and Esquire magazines, to name a few, Mr. Ziglar also appeared on The Today Show, ABC’s 20/20, CBS’s 60 Minutes and the Hour of Power.
As a motivational teacher and trainer, Zig Ziglar was rated by his peers – as well as audiences everywhere – as one of the best and most versatile ever. He traveled the world over, delivering his messages of humor, hope and enthusiasm to audiences of all kinds and sizes. He frequently spoke for youth conventions, church leadership assemblies and educational gatherings, where a broad impact of his teachings was achieved.
Besides the books he wrote, Zig Ziglar’s practical, tri-dimensional philosophy has been incorporated into an extensive array of audio, video and printed training tools, in addition to seminars and workshops.
Zig was happily “over-married” to his wife of 66 years, Jean, whom he lovingly called “Sugar Baby.” He was a committed family man, a dedicated patriot, and an active church member who also served on numerous boards over the years. He was chosen by the Mississippi Broadcasting Association as “Mississippian of the Year” in 1985 and as “Communicator of the Year” by the Sales and Marketing Executives International in 1991. In April of 1995 he received his Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Oklahoma Christian University of Science and Arts, and was named an Ambassador of Free Enterprise by Sales & Marketing Executives International Academy of Achievement. He was recognized as one of the Toastmasters International Five Outstanding Speakers of 1997 for Contributions to the Art of Public Speaking and in 1998 he received the Sales and Marketing Executives Leadership Award and an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree for Contribution to Literature on Human Potential from Southern Nazarene University. In August 1999 he received the National Speakers Association Master of Influence Award and the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award. In 2001 he was selected to receive the Cavett Award, the National Speakers Association’s most cherished award, presented annually to the member whose accomplishments over the years have reflected outstanding credit, respect, honor and admiration in the Association and speaking profession.
“I believe that persistent effort, supported by a character-based foundation, will enable you to get more of the things money will buy and all of the things money won’t buy.” Zig Ziglar