Zig Ziglar: 10 quotes from the motivational author

Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar, was a native of Alabama and worked as a salesman for many years before becoming a motivational speaker and author of more than 30 books. He said becoming a born-again Christian in 1972 was a major turning point in his life and prompted him to begin incorporating Biblical principles in his work. One of his most famous motivational books, 'See You at the Top,' appeared in 1975 and he was still writing as late as this year, with his book 'Born to Win,' co-written with his son, coming out this past January. During his speaking engagements, he took the stage with global leaders like Margaret Thatcher as well  as several US presidents. Ziglar died Nov. 28 in Plano, Tex. Here are 10 quotes from the author.


1. Sky's the limit


"If you can dream it, then you can achieve it."

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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