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Wise Sayings

Zig Ziglar, well known author, speaker, and sales trainer had a great way with words.  I have copied quite a few of his quotes below:

  1. When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.
  2. If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.
  3. You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.
  4. Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.
  5. Building a better you is the first step to building a better America.
  6. You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.
  7. Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
  8. Every choice you make has an end result.
  9. You cannot perform in a manner inconsistent with the way you see yourself.
  10. Are you a SNIOP? Someone who is Sensitive to the Negative Influence Of Others.
  11. There has never been a statue erected to honor a critic.
  12. Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people have is when they take a bite out of you.
  13. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
  14. Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.
  15. People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.
  16. If you go looking for a friend, you’re going to find they’re very scarce. If you go out to be a friend, you’ll find them everywhere.
  17. Famous archer, Howard Hill won all of the 267 archery contests he entered. He could hit a bullseye at 50 feet, then split first arrow with the second. Would it be possible for you to shoot better than him? YES, if he were blindfolded! How can you hit a target you can’t see? Even worse, how can you hit a target you don’t even have!? You need to have GOALS in your life!
  18. What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
  19. You cannot make it as a wandering generality. You must become a meaningful specific.
  20. A goal properly set is halfway reached.
  21. Our favorite attitude should be gratitude.
  22. Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory.
  23. The way you see people is the way you treat them.
  24. Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.
  25. Money won’t make you happy… but everybody wants to find out for themselves.
  26. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing-that’s why we recommend it daily.
  27. This I do know beyond any reasonable doubt. Regardless of what you are doing, if you pump long enough, hard enough and enthusiastically enough, sooner or later the effort will bring forth the reward.
  28. The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
  29. Many people spend more time in planning the wedding than they do in planning the marriage.
  30. It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.
  31. Success is dependent upon the glands — sweat glands.
  32. You can have anything in the world you want if you’ll just help enough other people get what they want.
  33. You don’t pay the price for success. You enjoy the price for success.  Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have
  34. Success means doing the best we can with what we have. Success is the doing, not the getting — in the trying, not the triumph, Success is a personal standard — reaching for the highest that is in us — becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success. Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have
  35. It’s your aptitude, not just your attitude that determines your ultimate altitude
  36. Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is
  37. Our favorite attitude should be gratitude
  38. You are the only person on earth who can use your ability
  39. If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner
  40. You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win
  41. Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful
  42. You cannot tailor make your situation in life, but you can tailor make your attitudes to fit those situations.
  43. You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have
  44. “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”
  45. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”
  46. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”
  47. “Among the things you can give and still keep are your word, a smile, and a grateful heart.”
  48. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”
  49. “The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now” “A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could because someone else thought they could”
  50. “Make today worth remembering.”
  51. “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”
  52. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”
  53. “You never know when a moment and a
    few sincere words can have an impact on a life.”
  54. “You are what you are and you are where you are because of what has gone into your mind. You change what you are and you change where you are by changing what goes into your mind.”
  55. “Failure is an event not a person”
  56. “Some people find fault like there is a reward for it”
  57. “Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission”
  58. “The more you are grateful for what you have the more you will have to be grateful for”
  59. “Attitude, not Aptitude, determines Altitude.”
  60. “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.”
  61. “Duty makes us do things well, but love makes us do them beautifully.”
  62. “Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
  63. “It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action and discipline that enabled us to follow through.”
  64. “Optimists are those who go after Moby dick in a row boat with a bucket of tarter sauce.”
  65. “Some of us learn from other people’s mistakes and the rest of us have to be other people.”
  66. “A narrow mind and a fat head invariably come on the same person.”
  67. “Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.”
  68. “Ability can take you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there”
  69. “Failing is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night.”
  70. “it’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.”
  71. “If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.”
  72. “When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you”
  73. “Motivation is the fuel, necessary to keep the human engine running.”
  74. “Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.”
  75. “Everybody says they want to be free. Take the train off the tracks and it’s free-but it can’t go anywhere.”
  76. “The great majority of people are “wandering generalities” rather than “meaningful specifics”. The fact is that you can’t bit a target that you can’t see. If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else. You have to have goals.”
  77. “Ask yourself a question: Is my attitude worth catching?”
  78. “You can succeed at almost anything for which you have unbridled enthusiasm.”
  79. “Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”
  80. “money is not everything but it ranks right up there with oxygen”
  81. “Take one cup of love, two cups of loyalty, three cups of forgiveness, four quarts of faith and one barrel of laughter. Take love and loyalty and mix them thoroughly with faith; blend with tenderness, kindness and understanding. Add friendship and hope. Sprinkle abundantly with laughter. Bake it with sunshine. Wrap it regularly with lots of hugs. Serve generous helpings daily.”
  82. “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly–until you can learn to do it well.”
  83. “Go as far as you can see and you will see further.”
  84. “It makes no difference where you go, there you are. And it makes no difference what you have, there’s always more to want. Until you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy because of what you have.”
  85. “U can feed ur ego or u can feed ur family. U can’t feed them both.”
  86. “You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.”
  87. “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation”
  88. “Encouragement is the fuel on which hope runs.”
  89. “You hit what you aim at, and if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time.”
  90. “Most people who fail in their dream fail not from lack of ability but from lack of commitment.”
  91. “It’s not where you start or even what happens to you along the way that’s important. What is important is that you persevere and never give up on yourself.”
  92. “People do not wander around and then find themselves at the top of Mount Everest.”
  93. “Life is a classroom — only those who are willing to be lifelong learners will move to the head of the class.”
  94. “Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give him one of yours. ~”
  95. “We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new beginning”

 

I also thought you might possibly be interested in reading or listening to him tell his life story.  The audio is read by Zig Ziglar himself and is about 43 minutes ling.  I promise you will find him a very entertaining speaker.

Both the printed version and the audio version can be found here for FREE: http://www.zigziglarstory.com/

 

There is also a 10 minute video of Zig giving one of his best humorous illustrations on the page for the Dallas News that ran his obituary.  You can watch that here: http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2012/11/motivational-speaker-zig-ziglar-died-this-morning-at-86.html/

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