Thank You, Zig…See You at the Top (The Legacy of Zig Zigler)

On November 29, 2012, Zig Zigler drew his last breath.

Zig Zigler was one of the early “motivational speakers.” A prolific writer, he helped to create an industry as the self-help category blossomed in the late 1970s and 1980s. He touched the lives of millions, offering hope thorough his personal experience and optimistic outlook. In his down-home, folksy way, Zig imparted confidence to millions.

You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down

He wrote numerous books, a number of which sit on my bookshelves today. Two weeks ago I finished a particularly touching book (one of his last), entitled Embrace the Struggle. In it,  Zig talks about persevering through difficulty.

This was not academic for Zig. He had recently fallen down the stairs and hit his head, impairing his short term memory. As an author and keynote speaker, this posed a significant challenge. Yet, Zig adjusted and turned his struggles to motivational gold as he embracing the promise of Romans 8:28  which he discussed at length in the book: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Get your MBA Now from Charleston Southern UniversityZig was a strong Christian. His faith permeated his books. His optimistic outlook was grounded in a belief that God has a plan and purpose for each person. Perhaps this was what made him such a powerful motivational speaker. We will all miss him. Keep the red-head in your prayers (if you have read any of his books, you  know who I am talking about).

I am sure that he is smiling down from Heaven as you read this.

Thank you, Zig.

Zig’s Legacy

Below I have listed all of Zig’s Books on Amazon (Wikipedia only had 12 listed at the time of this writing). If you like what you saw in the video clips, pick up any of his books. You will be glad you did.

Darin Gerdes

November 29, 2012


Dr. Gerdes is the Director of the MBA Program at Charleston Southern University



Filed under Books, Current Events, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Leadership, Management

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