You are at "The Top" When:
You have made friends with your past. Are focused on the present and optimistic about your future.
You have the love of friends and the respect of your enemies.
You are filled with faith, hope and love. And live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.
You know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.
You are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your "rights" to your "responsibilities"
You love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless, and encouragement to the discouraged.
You know that "success" (a win) doesn't make you, and failure (a loss) doesn't break you.
You can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude.
You are secure in who (and whose) you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.
You clearly understand that yesterday ended last night, that today is a brand new day-and it's yours.
You know that "he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all."
You are "over the top" when: You hear your Lord and Saviour say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."
These words were printed on Zig Ziglar's memorial program, excerpts from Zig's book "Over the Top," one of the twenty five books on motivation written by Ziglar. Ten of the books were best sellers.
Hilary Hinton Ziglar was born in Alabama and was the tenth of twelve children. When Zig was five, his family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi after his dad took a job managing a farm. A year after the move, Zig's father and his younger sister died within a couple of days of each other. His mother was the foremost influence in Zig's life, and he described her as a strict, devout woman whose mental storehouse of adages ("The person who won't stand for something will fall for anything") remained a
cornerstone of Ziglar's speeches and writings.
Zig completed high school and entered the U.S. Navy during World War II where he served in the Navy Training Program and started his education at the University of South Carolina. He soon dropped out of college and took a job as a cookware salesman. He also sold insurance and automotive performance parts.
Zig Ziglar's speaking career happened later in his life after years of becoming interested in what make's a man tick as well as why some people succeed and others fail. Following year's of studying human behavior, Zig published his first book "Biscuits, Fleas, and Pump Handles" that's title changed to "See You At The Top" at the age of 49. It was during this time that he also became a sought after speaker on motivational issues. His start at speaking included engagements at local service clubs and church groups that eventually grew to corporate retreats and conferences for firms like IBM and J.C. Penneys.
He located to the Dallas, Texas area and the demand for his speaking grew until he launched a business that he called Zigmanship Institute, now Ziglar, Inc. He sometimes earned tens of thousands of dollars per speech and would occasionally waive his fee for a humanitarian cause. He is remembered for hundreds of quotes over the years including one that he told himself everyday "Yesterday ended last night, Today is a brand new day. And it's yours."
|Zig's memorial program|
Zig Ziglar died on November 28, 2012 from pneumonia at the age of 86.
|Ziglar memorial service|
|Zig's resting place|