Mr. Ziglar was the man responsible for “Success Rallies” and “Born to Win” seminars. He also penned more than 25 self-help books and produced numerous audio tapes. His content appealed to millions of devoted followers. He provided a brand of homespun advice on career progress and his work was a source of moral uplift for the masses. Mr. Ziglar died on November 28 at a hospital in Plano, which is a Dallas suburb. He passed away at the age of 86. The cause of death has been identified as pneumonia.
Zig Ziglar spent his whole life like a human exclamation point. He was arguably the world’s most popular motivational speaker and was often excited by the prospects each new day brought. He believed that any given day could be judged by the weather.
Corporate retreats for IBM and J.C. Penney would have been incomplete without Ziglar’s presence. His seminars would cost the general public $49 to attend and his complete written and audio package cost $1595. Ziglar became a crowd favorite because of his faith-filled proverbs and honest metaphors about setting targets and facing down times of hardship.
Ziglar drew massive ovations in packed theatres even after people had seen it all and heard it all from him. Mr. Ziglar was an inspiring individual who loved his morning newspaper and took a particular interest in crime stories, celebrity gossip and news items about his beloved sports teams as well as comic strips. Mr. Ziglar is known to have clipped and collected news items about people who overcame disabilities and poverty and small town sports teams that made it to state championships. These stories became part of his anecdotes that he recounted during his lectures and speeches and were regularly used as motivational tools.
His birth name was Hilary Hinton Ziglar. Born on Nov. 6, 1926, he was the 10th of 12 children born to John Silas Ziglar and Lila Wescott Ziglar. He was raised by his mother, who had become a widow, in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Mr. Ziglar continued to describe his mother as the greatest influence on his life. She was a strict and devout woman whose character shaped Ziglar. He was a part of the Navy in World War II and in 1946 married Jean Abernathy. He was enrolled at the University of South Carolina. However, he was never an astute student and made his living by becoming a door-to-door cookware salesman.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, and three children, Cindy Ziglar Oates, Julie Ziglar Norman and Tom Ziglar, who is now the CEO of Plano-based Ziglar Inc. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandson.