The world renowned Zig Ziglar, author and motivational speaker, passed away on Wednesday November 28th at 6:00AM.
I have been a fan of Zig's for over 27 years. I first saw him speak in my early 20's and was enthralled. His sense of humor and his philosophy of life has never left me since then. His famous quote "You can have everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want" has been imbedded in my thinking and actions.
The frst time I saw Zig speak, I had to drive 4 1/2 hours from Ottawa, Ontario to Toronto, Ontario. I returned home that evening and decided that I wanted to see him speak the following day as well. I convinced a friend to go with me and we drove 4 1/2 hours each way again.
One of the 9 times I saw him speak at public seminars, I got a book signed and he inscribed the Bible verse Romans 10:9-10 beneath his signature. That has since become my favorite Bible verse.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
I also attended the Born To Win course in Texas with my friend Keith Bodger. The Born To Win course takes place over 3 or 4 days and Zig spoke and taught every day. We also got to attend his Sunday school class and I sat behind him and the Redhead during church service.
One of the most exciting things that ever happened to me was Zig calling me by name at the World's Biggest Bookstore in Toronto. I was approaching his booth as he was there for a book signing and he said hello to me and used my name. You could have knocked me over with a feather. Zig met many, many people and for him to remember my name made a huge impression on me.
Another time, when Zig spoke in Ottawa, Ontario I met his son Tom, who was likely in his 20's at that time. Tom was selling product at the back of the room. We are about the same age and so I thought it was very cool to meet him.
My two favorite books of his are See You At The Top and Secrets of Closing The Sale. I have read each of them several times. I have also purchased and listened to every, or at least almost every, audio program he has ever released.
I loved that Zig was always vocal about his Christian faith. Many speakers shy away from the topic but Zig never did.
If you have never read a Zig Ziglar book or listened to one of his audio programs or seen him on video, do yourself a favor and do it. You will be blessed.
If you have read one of Zig's book or listened to one of his audio programs or seen one of his videos, like me, you will never forget this great man.
Zig and The Redhead, Jean, his wife of 66 years
Zig and his granddaughter Alexandra, daughter of Tom Ziglar