Zig Ziglar, the famous motivational writer and speaker, died yesterday. Ziglar may be best known for his short quips and quotes such as "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." His many books on motivation and success include his first and perhaps best known book, See You at the Top (1974).
So, why would a charter school take the time to recognize and honor such a man? He never ran a government. He never built a new product. He didn't revolutionize politics or business or anything worthwhile--or didn't he?
Ziglar should be recognized because he taught that determination, helping others, having a positive attitude all enable success. Ziglar may have emphasized financial success, but he believe that the only way to get there was by dedication. He also emphasized the truth that character matters overall. He once said, "I believe that being successful means having a balance of success stories across the many areas of your life. You can't truly be considered successful in your business life if your home life is in shambles."
He also believed that character is what keeps people going. It's what "got us out of bed." Strong character is something that leads to academic achievement and success.
Ziglar may be out of fashion due to his age, and younger teachers may not even know who he is. But his message will and should live on in schools.
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