1 Dec 2012
When I was beginning my career so many years ago, I looked for role models who exemplified characteristics that I aspired to develop. Passion, honesty, sensitivity, hard working and trustworthy — these are several of the traits that I personally wanted for my life and they are just a small sampling of the many that Zig embodied. As my career progressed, I was blessed to be able to meet and eventually consider Zig, and his family, as true friends. He is a man whose public achievements were rivaled only by the significance of his private life. On any given Friday he would speak to packed out arenas and on the following Sunday morning, he would be teaching Sunday school, just as he did for decades. He put God first, his family second and his mission of inspiring others to pursue their true calling in life, third.
While it is impossible to know how many people Zig Ziglar impacted, I know one thing for sure; I am a better person because Zig challenged me to be more. Long before I met him personally, when he was still just a voice that I heard over a cassette tape, his words gripped my heart with conviction and challenged me to transcend the cookie cutter life that my guidance counselor and others outlined for me. Zig achieved something that president’s and premiers, celebrities and corporate titans can only hope achieve; a legacy that will live on for decades to come.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you Zig for being one of the greatest men that I have ever known.