Passages: Zig Ziglar

American author, salesman, and motivational speaker Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar, who inspired millions, rubbed shoulders with U.S. presidents, and shared multiple stages other luminaries, died Nov. 28 in a Texas hospital of pneumonia at age 86, according to Wikipedia. A salesman for many years following his military service in World War II, he became vice president and training director for the Automotive Performance company in Dallas in 1968, and published the first of many books in 1975, See You at the Top, which had been rejected by 30 publishers. His curiousity about why some succeeded and others did not led to a thriving career as a sought-after motivational speaker, a role he maintained until two years ago. He attributed much of his success to his Christian faith and his wife, Jean. Some may see his words as corny or out-of-date, but according to a remembrance on National Public Radio, many recall a speech that made a huge difference in their lives. A featured writer for MHProNews, while we mourn his loss, fortunately we will continue to publish his wit and words of wisdom. Zig Ziglar: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

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