At six o'clock this morning, the world lost an amazing man.
Zig Ziglar is well-known for his motivational presentations, workshops and books and he has literally touched millions of hearts over the years. I had heard of him over the years, but I never really sat down to read his books until I became a Sales Manager for a videophone company a few years ago. In the last year, I've been picking up his books and devouring his wisdom.
In January of last year at a Yes to Success workshop, one of the activities was to craft a list of 100 things to do, be or have. Among my 100 things I wrote, "Meet Zig Ziglar." Now, that was an entirely self-centered vision I wrote down, but I just wanted the opportunity to meet the man whose books and quotes inspired me daily.
I had connected with Tom Ziglar on Twitter and soon the vision became "Meet the Ziglar family." I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Tom at a Chicago Business Expo earlier this year.
- Karen Putz and Tom Ziglar
Everything I imagined his father to be like-- Tom was the same way. Positive. Engaging. Friendly. A great speaker. Tom lives by the same quote his father is famous for:
"You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want."
Last night, I was sitting on the couch and it was late for me-- near eleven p.m. Usually I'm in bed by this time, but I was going through the pages of "Born to Win" yet again and underlining some key points. I like to do this for two reasons-- one, because I love to randomly flip through my favorite books every now and then and an underlined passage will pop out at me; and two, because if my kids pick up my favorite books, they get to see the lessons that have an impact on me and they'll pay attention to those underlined passages as well. As I closed the book I thought to myself, "I want to meet this great man."
There's one paragraph which always stands out for me in "Born to Win":
"Did you know that every human being is created with a purpose and that they have a responsibility to not only discover their purpose but also to fulfill it?"
So today is a sad day indeed, for the world lost someone who was clearly using the gifts he was born with. Zig fulfilled his purpose while here on earth, but because he shared so much with every person he touched-- his inspiration will continue to live on in others.