Zig Ziglar dies at 86

Zig Ziglar dies at 86

San Francisco : CA : USA | Nov 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM PST
Views: Pending
Zig Ziglar

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.

1 of 30
Zig Ziglar
Zig Ziglar
From: lexlevinrad
harry68 is based in San Francisco, California, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
Report Credibility
  • Clear
  • Share:
  • Share
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear
  • Clear

News Stories

  • Prestonwood Baptist to live stream memorial service for Zig Ziglar on ...

      The Dallas Morning News
    Friday, November 30, 2012 Zig Ziglar's memorial service on Saturday will be streamed live online For those who do not go to the service in person. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who penned more than 30 self-help books, will be remembered Saturday...
  • Zig Ziglar's Positive Life

    Legendary motivational speaker and business consultant Zig Ziglar died yesterday, after a 40-year speaking career that saw him travel more than five million miles, consult for Fortune 500 companies and consort with American presidents and other world...
  • Motivation guru Zig Ziglar dies at 86

    The self-described "Undisputed King of Motivation" was known for his seminars, which grew into large gatherings held in packed arenas. Ziglar wrote more than two dozen books on salesmanship and motivation over five decades. He spread his message of...
  • Zig Ziglar: 10 quotes from the motivational author

      Christian Science Monitor
    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...
  • The Importance of Helping Other People and More Top Tips

    If you want to achieve your goals , help others achieve theirs. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, who died on Wednesday, did just that, reportedly traveling more than five million miles in his career and touching a quarter of a billion lives.
  • 12 Powerfully Inspiring Quotes From Zig Ziglar

    Century News Zig Ziglar, one of the world's most famous salesmen, who inspired millions with his message of positivity and personal achievement, passed away Wednesday at the age of 86 from pneumonia. He was known around the world as a performance...



More From Allvoices

Report Your News Got a similar story?
Add it to the network!

Or add related content to this report

Use of this site is governed by our Terms of Use Agreement and Privacy Policy.

© Allvoices, Inc. 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Powered by PulsePoint.