Vail Valley: Thanks to Zig Ziglar for changing so many lives |

Vail Valley: Thanks to Zig Ziglar for changing so many lives

People in the Vail Valley and elsewhere ask me all the time what it was like to work with Zig Ziglar. They want to know if he is always so motivated and upbeat, and if he inspires his own team the way he gets others so fired up. I was just with him again the other day and the answer is, yes.

The part I will remember most is the way people share their own Zig Ziglar story with me when they find out I worked with Zig or if they notice the Ziglar logo on my shirt or jacket.

The stories typically all started with something like “because of Zig I became a better…”, or “Zig changed my life by…”, or “Zig saved my marriage.” Everyone sharing their testimonial will typically get very emotional while telling me just how grateful they are for Zig Ziglar making a difference in their lives.

One woman in particular shared how Zig’s motivational message and deep faith helped her to battle cancer as a young woman. Today she’s a survivor

Mr. Ziglar will be 83 this November. He will be at the Pepsi Center in Denver on Oct. 13 with a host of other speakers at the “Get Motivated” seminar. I am not sure how many more times Zig will make it to Denver, so I encourage you to come see him.

Mr. Ziglar still receives fan mail and thank-you letters every day. The letters are inspiring because they all talk about a change that occurred because Zig helped them in some way. The letters, e-mails, faxes, and cards that arrive each day are fascinating because they come from people in all walks of life, yet most have a common theme – Zig has either helped them achieve a goal, change a relationship, or has bettered someone’s life.

Thank you all again for the tremendous feedback about this column – your insights and input help to shape each week’s message. Many of you have asked about the Zig Ziglar quotes I use so frequently and if I have more favorite quotes. Here are a few more you can place on your desk or refrigerator or share with your family or team:

• “I am so optimistic I would go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me.”

• “Duty makes us do things well. Love makes us do things beautifully.”

• “Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday really did end last night.” Zig Ziglar

• “Go as far as you can see, when you get there you will be able to see farther.”

• “People who don’t take step one, will never take step two.”

• “It’s your attitude not your aptitude that determines your altitude.”

• “Our children are our only hope for the future, but we are their only hope for their present and their future.”

• “Success is not measured by what you do compared to what others do, it is measured by what you do with the ability God gave you.”

Thank you Zig Ziglar for all you have done, all you have written, and all you have said and shared.

If you would like a free PDF with more of these quotes, contact Margaret Garrett at If you would like to share your Zig story of success, you can e-mail me at or send mail to Mr. Ziglar yourself at: Zig Ziglar 5055 W. Park Blvd, suite 700, Plano TX 75093. He would love to hear from you. And as always, make it a better than good week!

Michael Norton is a strategic consultant, business and personal coach and motivational speaker, and CEO of He writes a weekly motivational column for the Vail Daily.

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