Zig Ziglar. He gave us something to smile about!

"Laughter is the hand of God on the shoulder of a troubled world"  Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar lived an amazing, inspiring life.   During his time on earth he wrote over 30 books. His first publication, "See You at the Top" wasn't written until he was already 49 years old. He followed up that great self help book with many more excellent compilations. Proof that it is never too late to start something good.

He also gave hundreds of motivational speeches each year in front of thousands of people. His laid back, humorous approach to problem solving and his life lessons made him one of the most sought after speakers in our country.

I was fortunate enough to attend a couple gatherings in which Mr. Ziglar was a featured speaker. In fact I was able to meet him after one inspiring presentation. In person, he was the same humble, down to earth guy as he comes across from the stage.

One of his most famous quotes was, " You will get all you want in life, if you help enough people get what they want." Zig Ziglar lived that message every day.

Following The Zig Ziglar Example

I've tried to use his example in building this website. I want to help people find success in their lives. I don't expect to reach nearly as many folks as he did, but do hope to make a positive difference.

My favorite book from Mr. Ziglar is, " Something Else To Smile About." It's a series of two page comments on particular topics that affect most of our lives. A few pages every morning is a good way to get your day focused and ready.

A Couple Pages Each Morning To Power Your Day

Please click the link below if you'd like to get a copy of "Something Else To Smile About." What you think about and the people you associate with, will determine your results.

Empowering Quotes

I could write a full page of quotes from Zig.  All of them would be of benefit to many.  Here is a small sampling.

"Remember that failure is an event, not a person."

"People often say motivation doesn't last. Neither does bathing-that is why we recommend it daily."

"Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes."

"A goal set is halfway reached."

"Your attitude, not your aptitude affects your altitude."

"Look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude."

"You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seeds of greatness."

"Desire is what takes the hot water of mediocrity and turns it into the steam of outstanding success."

Finding A Pathway To Greatness

I believe that most people have a desire deep within themselves to do something great.  Most folks want to make a difference.  They seek a pathway to lead them to that certain level where their life has true meaning.

The secret, which isn't really all that well concealed, is how we respond to setbacks.  Zig Ziglar faced as many as most did on his journey through life.  When we react, we close off our subconscious mind which reduces our problem solving capability.

When we respond, our minds are more focused and the solutions are more easily recognized and acted upon.  The value in preparation to respond, rather than react is set in motion by our everyday thinking.  Certainly a lesson to "teach our children well."

Earlier in this page, I suggested that reading a few pages per day from "Something Else To Smile About" would set your morning off in the right direction.  I really believe this happens because we get our thoughts clear, which raises our own personal determination.

We handle stuff better.  We might get a bit flustered for a while, but our focus returns quickly.  As I wrote in the first paragraph of this section, most people want to make a difference.  They seek a pathway to lead them to that certain level where their life has true meaning.

Zig Ziglar is one of the authors of empowering books who can take us to that level.  Another great choice would be Stephen Covey.

The author of "See You At The Top" lived his life bringing laughter, wisdom and vision to all who heard him or read his books. For sure, a life well lived.  Please click this link to read more testimonials about this personal development leader.

And just below is a short video example of inspiring and empowering the next round of champions.

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Just below is a quote from "Don't Sweat The Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson.  The chapter title is "Open Your Heart To Compassion." 

"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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