Zig Ziglar, motivational sales guru, author, dies at age 86

Described as a salesman’s salesman and a master of motivation, Zig Ziglar died Wednesday, according to a statement posted on … Continued

Described as a salesman’s salesman and a master of motivation, Zig Ziglar died Wednesday, according to a statement posted on his Web site.

“The motivational speaker, a longtime Dallas fixture and Plano resident, died this morning at the age of 86,” the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday morning.

“Ziglar’s executive assistant Laurie Magers says Ziglar died Wednesday at a hospital in the Dallas suburb of Plano,” the Associated Press reported.

Ziglar was the author of more than 30 sales and motivational books including “See You at the Top” and “Over the Top.”

“He was known for corporate training and motivational speeches that aimed to improve people’s personal lives and careers,” the Associated Press reported.

He was also an active Southern Baptist who once served as first vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination.

His Facebook page reads in part:

“A longtime Dallas fixture, Ziglar’s speaking career spanned more than 50 years. He retired in December 2010,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

What are your favorite Ziglar quotes? (Share in the comments section below)

More on: ,
  • cultureclash

    He was truly a great man. He inspired millions. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

  • Kingofkings1

    “See you at the top”

  • Airborne82

    Zigs motivational stories about success that comes from setting goals and working to meet them will forever live in my heart. From tales of a handicap child who’s parents never gave up on that went on to become healthy and successful, to a salesman showing the benefits of a product to save money and time for a customer; Zig always delivered the good, the pure, and the positive. As he said “you can get everything you want out of life, by helping enough other people get what they want”.

  • SteveRoth

    “The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more things you’ll have to express gratitude for.” -Zig Ziglar

    Thank you Zig for dedicating your life to inspiring millions of people throughout the world to achieve a better life with your love and words of wisdom!

  • MotivateUs

    I am saddened and the loss of this giant of a man. Had the pleasure of meeting him many years ago and he was a positive force in my life. He will be sadly missed and remembered forever. God bless you Zig, thanks for lifting up the world!

  • Diana Rubino

    I listened to Zig’s tapes and saw him live at the Lowell Arena in Massachusetts many years ago. I never forgot his advice or his famous line, ‘see you at the top.’ RIP, Zig.

  • onlytheshadowknows1

    I also had the privilege of hearing Mr Ziglar and reading some of his books. Safe home, Mr. Ziglar.

    It’s also a testimony to the man that this is the only comments section I have ever read where everyone was polite and respectful.

  • Nitchey74

    That is because he was polite and respectful.

  • Monday Uk

    Your greatness truly was in the countless number of lives you made great. You will be missed but I assure you that you will never be forgotten for the mega structure of inspirations you have built.

    Rest well


    Another Southern Baptist dead. They’ll be running out of old angry white men who think they’re god soon.

    Ziglar couldn’t motivate anyone out of a wet paper bag.

  • cometboy


  • EricInWisconsin1

    I met Zig once twenty five years ago. He could definitely motivate people. It is a talent few people have. He could definitely say he helped build American commerce.

  • Ted36

    I don’t know or particularly care whether you are old or white, but you seem worse than angry–bitter. What a mean (also ageist and racist) comment to make on a man’s death! Your comment denying his ability to motivate is given the lie to by the numerous comments of people who felt they were helped by Zig Ziglar.

Read More Articles

Top 10 Reasons We’re Glad A Catholic Colbert Is Taking Over Letterman’s “Late Show”

How might we love Stephen Colbert as the “Late Show” host? Let us count the ways.

God’s Not Dead? Why the Good News Is Better than That

The resurrection of Jesus is not a matter of private faith — it’s a proclamation for the whole world.

An Untold Story of Bondage to Freedom: Passover 1943

How a foxhole that led to a 77-mile cave system saved the lives of 38 Ukrainian Jews during the Holocaust.

Friend or Foe? Learning from Judas About Friendship with Jesus

We call Judas a betrayer. Jesus called him “friend.”

Fundamentalist Arguments Against Fundamentalism

The all-or-nothing approach to the Bible used by skeptics and fundamentalists alike is flawed.

Mary Magdalene, the Closest Friend of Jesus

She’s been ignored, dismissed, and misunderstood. But the story of Easter makes it clear that Mary was Jesus’ most faithful friend.

The Three Most Surprising Things Jesus Said

Think you know Jesus? Some of his sayings may surprise you.

How to Debate Christians: Five Ways to Behave and Ten Questions to Answer

Advice for atheists taking on Christian critics.

Heaven Hits the Big Screen

How “Heaven is for Real” went from being an unsellable idea to a bestselling book and the inspiration for a Hollywood movie.

This God’s For You: Jesus and the Good News of Beer

How Jesus partied with a purpose.

Jesus, Bunnies, and Colored Eggs: An Explanation of Holy Week and Easter

So, Easter is a one-day celebration of Jesus rising from the dead and turning into a bunny, right? Not exactly.

Dear Evangelicals, Please Reconsider Your Fight Against Gay Rights

A journalist and longtime observer of American religious culture offers some advice to his evangelical friends.