Top Zig Ziglar Quotes

In remembrance of the life and legacy of Zig Ziglar I wanted to share some of his wise and insightful words. 

“You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want”

”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?”

“When we do more than we are paid to do, eventually we will be paid more for what we do.”

“If you don’t like who you are and where you are, don’t worry about it because you’re not stuck either with who you are or where you are. You can grow. You can change .You can be more than you are.”

“Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night”.

“Positive thinking won’t let you do anything but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

“You don’t drown by falling in water; you only drown if you stay there.”

“It is not your aptitude, but your attitude, that determines your altitude.”

“Do it, and then you will feel motivated to do it.”

“Its not what happens to you that determines how far you will go in life; it is how you handle what happens to you.”

“You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

“Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have.”

“People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.”

“Many marriages would be better if the husband and the wife clearly understood that they are on the same side.”

“Building a better you is the first step to building a better America”

“Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful.”

“If you want to reach a goal, you must ‘see the reaching’ in your own mind before you actually arrive at your goal.”

“The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty.”

“When you are tough on yourself, life is going to be infinitely easier on you”

“If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.”

“The way you see people is the way you treat them.”

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”

Question: What’s your favorite Zig Ziglar quote?

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36 thoughts on “Top Zig Ziglar Quotes

  1. My favorite quote –
    “You don’t have to be great to start, but you do have to start to become great.” – Zig Ziglar
    If you haven’t read or listened to Better than Good, you’re missing out. I recommend the audio version.

  2. Those are great quotes. I have to admit that I’ve never read anything by him, but now wish I had and will. Thanks for sharing the quotes. I just got so burned out on all the self help guys from the old days I just went about life seeking God first, but obviously missed some of the people He put out there to help comfort and inspire…

    • Glad you liked them Floyd. I think you would enjoy his books. I hear you about the self help guys, sometimes it can be to much. Your a wise man to seek after God and not necessary only the “self help” people. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  3. My favorite Zig Ziglar quote: “You can have whatever you want in life if you help enough people get what they want.” This quote is actually the idea that I founded my career coaching on. Good stuff Dan!

  4. Dan, this is my favorite Ziglar product: I got this 19 CD set while serving overseas and it made a huge difference for me! Also, the memorial service is tomorrow at 11am (central time, I believe) and can be accessed live on internet radio (check for updates). Finally, I’ll be posting a leadership profile on Zig Ziglar on Jan 7 over at so stay tuned :-)

  5. Ziglar is awesome. He was not only legendary in his own right but was so influential to so many giants of today, like Seth Godin. Listening to his material is even better, because he just had this humble way of presenting.

  6. “Failure is an event, not a person. Yesterday ended last night” I like this quote. I should get Zig’s books, not yet read any from Him. Better than Good seems like a good place to start. Any suggestions of books?