Zig Ziglar, motivational speaker and author who wrote over 30 books that dealt with living a balanced life has passed away at the age of 86 in Texas. His personal assistant, Jay Hellwig, said that Ziglar was battling pneumonia and died on Wednesday while in a Dallas Hospital located in a suburb of Plano.
Ziglar’s aim was to try and help people achieve success not only in their personal lives and in their careers but with a focus on Christianity as well. He was a prolific speaker that appeared at many events alongside world leaders. Such leaders included several U.S. presidents and even former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Hellwig said, “Mr. Ziglar was the same guy behind the closed doors as he was preparing for his presentations to thousands of people that he was when we were sitting at the kitchen table and he was reading the newspaper.” Ziglar did not start motivational speaking fulltime until he was in 40s. “See You at the Top” was his first book and published in 1975 at the age of 49. Hellwig also said that, “He got saved at the age of 42, which means that he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. Ever since that day is what he said was the turning point of his life. The last 41 years of his life he lived fully with that as his mission.” He added, “He also had the uncanny ability to make everyone he ran into feel like they were his friend.”
Being a World War II veteran where he grew up in Yazoo City, Miss., he then began to work in sales for a series of companies that inspired his interest in motivational speaking and continued to grow, according to his Plano-based company’s website. Hellwig said that Ziglar decided to in the late 1960s to move to Dallas. Ziglar’s company, that has many speakers who advocate the “Ziglar Way,” offers performance and motivational training. He later wrote the book, “Confessions of a Grieving Christian,” after the 1995 unfortunate death of his oldest daughter, Suzan, at the age of 46
In 2007, Ziglar fell down a flight of stairs that caused him to have a brain injury. He then wrote another book, with the help of another daughter named Julie Ziglar Norman, called, “Embrace the Struggle” which described how his life had changed following his injury. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his son, Tom Ziglar, and his daughter Cindy Oates. He is also survived by his wife Jean and they celebrated their marriage of 66 years on Monday.