I know, I’m an IT guy. Why am I talking about a sales trainer and author from the 1970s? Because Zig Ziglar became much more than a sales trainer throughout his grand career. He was a trainer, motivator, leader and mentor to so many including me. On the morning of November 28, 2012, Zig passed at the age of 86.
Many people have influenced my life over the years. In the tech sector, Mark Minasi responded to my emails in the 1990s (I was shocked) and shaped my perception of what an author should be like and how an IT industry expert should interact with his or her customers. In the religious world, Jesus (without comparison) has impacted me more than any man and my Pastor, Richard Collins, has had a profound impact on my life.
From a business perspective, no one has probably impacted me more than Zig Ziglar. Sadly, I did not have the chance to meet him, but his audio programs and philosophies have strengthened me through tough times over the past 20 years. I would describe him like this, “Zig Ziglar was a leader and not someone who talked about leadership.” Why? He wasn’t afraid to risk everything to stand up for something. That’s a leader. Someone who tells you how to lead, but doesn’t stand up for something, is really no leader at all. Zig was a leader.
Yes, he is gone, but his legacy remains. It remains in me. It remains in thousands. It remains in books, audio and video recordings that will live on. It remains, because it had an impact. It remains, because it came from passion. It remains, because it should.
Zig, I truly do hope to see you, at the top!