Perhaps, one of the most inspirational figures when it comes to achieving success and living your best life ever is none other than Zig Ziglar. Started in the sales career, Ziglar gave his seminars and speeches that transformed thousands of people.

Besides being a successful salesman and a prolific speaker, Ziglar is also an author of over 30 books. Some of his books have impacted many people and became a best-seller.

Two of his most-recommended books are See You At The Top and Born To Win. If you want to get inspired and get driven by Ziglar, read these 2 books.

Like many other successful people, Ziglar started with a humble beginning. And he built his sales career from the ground up.

Due to his success in his sales career, he then went into the coaching and motivational speaking industry, which eventually, the name, “Zig Ziglar” became one of the most eminent sales trainers and motivational speakers.

Ziglar’s first book, See You At The Top was initially rejected by more than 30 publishers. And after he successfully secured a publisher, the book sold more than a quarter-million copies and remained in print to date.

Here’s what says about Zig Ziglar:

“His speeches have impacted the hearts and minds of people for an exceptionally long term and continue to motivate people years later. An unmatched name and figure where inspiration and hard work are concerned and the achiever of excellence in speaking, Zig Ziglar is a true legacy.”

Although Sir Zig Ziglar has left the world, the legacy he left behind has truly changed many people and inspired thousands of others to become successful.

I love his work, his books, and also the impactful and motivational quotes from him. And if you want to continue to be inspired by this legend, check out his sayings. Here are the 23 awesome quotes from Zig Ziglar that will make your life better:

1. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.”

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

One of the most common yet powerful quotes from Ziglar. Sometimes you feel driven and sometimes you’re not. In other words, motivation comes and goes. And this is why you need to do it every day.

If you want to achieve greatness in life, you must figure out a way to constantly motivate yourself to do things.

Extraordinary people motivate themselves each day. They pep-talk, visualize, imagine, dream, and think about the success that they want. They know that their motivation will not last, thus, they do something to keep themselves driven each day.

2. “Fear has two meanings: ‘Forget everything and run’ or ‘Face everything and rise.’ The choice is yours.”

So how do you face your fears? Are you going to run away or are you going to face it and rise above them?

Whatever you do, it has a great impact on your life. People who went on to achieve amazing success in life are people who overcome their fears. They face their fears and rise above them.

Similarly, unsuccessful people choose to be stopped by their fears. They feel the fear, paralyzed by it, and then they do nothing to overcome it. Never let this be you.

3. “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

We all have 24 hours a day. Whether you are earning $10,000 a month or $100,000 a month, the amount of time we have each day is the same.

Hence, it is not the lack of time that prevents you from achieving greater success, but rather, a lack of direction and the wrong method.

Do you know that the strategy to earn $100 and $1,000 is different? So make sure your objective is clear. When your mission is clear, you can better define a better plan to get there.

4. “You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

In order to be successful, you must be willing to help other people to be successful as well. It is about creating values to help others get what they want.

In business, you create a better product or service to help your clients and customers to reach their goals more easily. When you work for someone else, you are exchanging your hard work to help your company accomplish its goals.

The more value you created and the more people you helped, the more successful you will be.

5. “Rich people have small TVs and big libraries, and poor people have small libraries and big TVs.”

My friend, be an avid reader. The more you read, the more places you can go. Like what Zig Ziglar said, rich and successful people are readers and they constantly look for ways to improve themselves.

On the other hand, unsuccessful and mediocre people choose to believe that they know it all. They don’t read or learn as much as extraordinary people.

6. “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.”

You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.

Yes, your past doesn’t matter and you don’t need to be someone great to achieve your dreams. You just need to start right now and commit to becoming someone great.

Remember, every master was once a beginner. Even Zig Ziglar himself started from nothing. He built his career and business up from the ground.

You can be the same. Become who you want to be right now and start committing to your goals. And do great things.

7. “Motivation gets you going and habit gets you there.”

Motivation is good because it drives you into taking massive action. But motivation alone is not enough. You need to build better habits to get there. You need to be consistent with what you do each day.

Remember, it is what you do each day that will make you successful, not what you do once in a while. Success is a long-term marathon, not a short-term sprint.

Thus, you need to develop the success habits that will get you what you want. Motivation is good, but it is not enough.

8. “Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”

Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.

Your attitude is more important than your aptitude. Talent can only do so much. But without hard work and the right attitude, you will never be successful.

If you study the biography of successful people, you will notice that most of them created their success through their attitude, not their aptitude.

When it comes to success, how you look at things and your behavior are more important than your talent.

9. “Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.”

Do you wake up each day with a sense of mission? Or do you wake up without knowing what you want to do with your life?

To be successful, the first thing you need to do is to identify your goals and objectives. You need to have a sense of mission so that you can focus your energy toward that direction.

Being vague and having no clear direction will never help you become successful.

10. “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

If you want to achieve your goals, you must become the person worthy of the goals. You must become the right person that will attract the goals and the success that you desire.

A lot of people think that they just need to work hard. Yes, working hard does help, but if you are not developing your values, your beliefs, your attitudes, and characters of the right person, you will never get what you want.

Your goals will define your direction, but to get there, you must transform into the right person.

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

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

Raise your standards. Accept nothing less than your absolute best. You must be tough on yourself if you want your life to be easier on you.

When you are at level 3 and your problem is at level 5, you will think that it is a big problem. But when you raise your standard and increase your level to level 8, a level 5 problem will become a small one. Maybe it is not a problem for you at all.

Hence, increase your level and be tough on yourself. When you become great, problems will go away and nothing can get you down.

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

Many people have the wrong perception to think that failure is the opposite of success, which is not true. Failure and adversity are on the same side of success.

You need to fail in order to be successful. Good judgment comes from your experience. And experience usually comes from bad judgment.

The adversities, hardships, failures, mistakes, and tough times that you encounter will make you someone better.

13. “In the game of life, before you get anything out, you must put something in!”

You must sow before you can reap. Don’t expect to receive any result before you put in the hard work. If you want something in life, you must go out there and work on it.

Don’t just think about it or dream about it. Thinking, hoping, and wishing are not going to work. The only thing that will guarantee your result is to take action.

14. “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.”

Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.

Success is a matter of opportunity meets preparation. The thing is that you will never know when the opportunity will come. And so, all you can do is to always get yourself prepared.

Always work hard, take massive and consistent action, and get ready for what’s coming. When an opportunity comes, you can then jump straight in and run with it.

It is better to prepare for an opportunity and not have one than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.

15. “When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”

When you fail or when you make mistakes, learn from them. You can change your approach, review your plan, and make an adjustment to your strategy, but you don’t change your goal.

Remember, when a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows. You don’t fix the flower. Do you get that?

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

This is one of my favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar. Do you plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win? If you seriously want to be a winner, you must act like a winner, prepare for like a winner, plan like one, dream, think, and expect winnings.

In other words, you must act like you are a winner to become a winner. Talk like how a winner talks. Walk like how a winner walks. Fake it until you make it, my friend.

17. “If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.”

If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time.

One of the most important keys to success is to identify your goals clearly. Most people have vague goals and they have no clear objectives in life. This is why they are going nowhere.

If you want to be successful, first, define the success you want. Find out what has to happen for you to feel like a success. Know your target so that you can aim and fly straight to the bull’s eye.

18. “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

Yes, positive thinking will not guarantee your success, but thinking positively is much better than thinking negatively. You can’t litter negativity everywhere and then wonder why you have got a trashy life.

Positive thinking may not make you successful, but it can make the best out of you. When you think positive, you look at things differently. And that’s what you need when you’re in a tough situation.

19. “Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.”

Make failure your teacher, not your undertaker.

Either you succeed, or you learn. You don’t fail as long as you don’t look at failure as a failure. In fact, failure has helped many successful people achieve outstanding results in their lives.

Thomas Edison said that he did not fail, but he ‘successfully’ discovered more than 10,000 ways how things won’t work.

When he was asked about his success, Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all time, said that he failed over and over again, and that is why he is successful.

So learn from your failures. Turn your failures into feedback so that you can grow higher.

20. “If you don’t see yourself as a winner, then you cannot perform as a winner.”

To be a winner and succeed at what you do, you must see yourself as a winner and expect to win. You must act like a winner before you can actually win.

Extraordinary people see themselves as a winner rather than a loser. They expect the best of themselves and they take action like they have already won. As a result, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and they win.

21. “The greatest of all mistakes is to do nothing because you think you can only do a little.”

Never underestimate your ability and what you can accomplish in life. Whatever you want to achieve, as long as you have the courage to pursue it, you can achieve.

Do not let your own mediocre thinking holds you back. Instead, choose to think big and do your best. People are not living their lives because they are living their fears.

So choose to believe that you are powerful beyond measure. The first step to success is you must say that you can.

22. “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.”

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

This is another one of my favorite quotes from Zig Ziglar. A lot of people take it personally when they fail. They treat failure as a person rather than an independent event.

When you fail, it doesn’t mean that you are a failure. It just means that what you have done is not working. And what you need to do next is to change your approach. As simple as that.

So treat failure as your stepping stones to success. Failures are feedbacks to show you the right way to achieving the success you want.

23. “The more you are grateful for what you have, the more you will have to be grateful for.”

In short, be grateful for what you have. Bless what you want. If you want to be successful, bless those who are successful. When you celebrate what you have, you will have more to celebrate. That’s how life works.

So from this moment on, be grateful for everything that you have. Always choose to look at the bright side because when you are grateful and are living a positive life, better things will come to you. Success attracts more successes.


I hope you enjoy these inspirational and life-changing quotes from Sir Zig Ziglar. These are the words that inspire me every time I read them and repeat them.

So which of Ziglar’s quote you like the most? Which one inspires you the most? And do I miss out any great saying from him? Let me know in the comment section below.

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1 Comment

  1. Randolph Creager Reply

    Nice collection of thoughts and observations. Can you please provide the sources, or attributions? Much is attributed to Zig Ziglar.

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