There was a conference being held in Orlando which featured some big names including Bobby Bowden, Tony Robbins, Colin Powell and Zig Ziglar. Yes all of these folks in the same building spreading powerful and motivational messages to folks willing to listen. The event was being held at the Amway Arena and I can assure you that it was a packed house. As we entered, the staff asked us to place our business cards in a huge bucket-like contraption in order to be considered for a drawing. Each speaker would pull one card from this bucket and that person will win a prize from the speaker; a set of books, tapes, videos or a combination of them.
After a few speakers, Zig Ziglar was up. I have always had an affinity for Zig because one of my mentors, Jeff Hoffman, introduced me to Zig through his books. He encouraged me to read as many of his books as I can and to retain as much information as it would change my life in ways I couldn’t have imagined. Zig Ziglar completed his incredible talk and it was time for him to pull a name from the bucket. The odds of winning were 1 in 20,000. He reached his hand deep into the bucket, shuffled around and pulled one out. “Joe Paul” he said. “Come on down here and get a set of these good books and CD’s.” The co-workers I attended the event with were as shocked as I was, particularly due to the fact that the odds were not in our favor. In a strange way, I sort of knew that he was going to call my name and he did.
I had a chance to speak to Zig Ziglar for a brief moment and began reading more and more of the dozens of books he’d written. A few of his unforgettable quotes that have become part of my mantra includes;
“You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.” – Zig Ziglar
“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.” – Zig Ziglar
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
“If you can dream it, you can achieve it.” – Zig Ziglar
One of my all-time favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar is “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” It’s so funny when I hear people say “I don’t have enough time” or “there aren’t enough hours in the day to get what I need done.” I always wonder what they are doing with the 24 hours they have, most likely not utilizing it to its full potential.
Zig Ziglar was a major influence in my developing a passion for motivational speaking coupled with my testimony to serve as an example of what’s possible when you don’t allow your past to overshadow your future. I encourage you to read one of his books, I hope it will inspire you in ways that it has inspired me.
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