Legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has passed away today, November 28, 2012, in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area, at the age of 86 from a short bout with pneumonia. Mr. Zig Ziglar, the author of 32 books, was most well known for the 1975 classic See You At the Top whose premise is “you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”
Zig Ziglar was also a devout Christian. Visitors to his website, Ziglar.com, are greeted with the scripture Romans 8:28, and his Facebook page today states “Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home. The angels in heaven are rejoicing and his family is celebrating a life well lived."
Visitors are then told: “If Zig has impacted your life or you want to leave a message to the family, please leave your remarks on his FaceBook page. Don't worry about being too specific or long. Take as much space as you want … the family wants to know.”
Zig Ziglar has indeed impacted many lives, including my own as I remember a time when he was a special guest on the nationally televised Life Today with James and Betty Robison, filmed in North Richland Hills – a suburb of Fort Worth, TX.
As a member of the television audience, we could approach Mr. Ziglar after taping and speak to him one-on-one. Zig had mentioned God collecting our tears in a bottle, and the figurative nature of a God of compassion caring that intimately, that personally, that carefully, truly moved me. He said it was in the Psalms and sure enough, when I went home I found it in Psalm 56:8.
My thanks and appreciation to Mr. Ziglar who has led by example, who has helped many a man, woman, and child to succeed in life, business, and relationship with the one true living God - who more than listens to the innermost cries of our heart.
Zig Ziglar: November 6, 1926 - November 28, 2012
"Where you start is not as important as where you finish" ~ Zig Ziglar
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals." ~ Zig Ziglar
"You were designed for accomplishment. Engineered for success. And endowed with the seeds of greatness." ~ Zig Ziglar