Famed motivational speaker Zig Ziglar has died today at the age of 86, and many — including celebrities — have paid respect to the man who inspired legions with his captivating advice.
Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar, fought in World War II and worked as a salesman for many years before he came to fame as one of the first big names in the field of motivational speaking. When he began touring to speak on the topics, no realm of motivational speaking existed — but it didn’t stop Ziglar from paving the way.
Ziglar advised on topics ranging from career to family and wealth, and even a bad fall that caused him memory issues back in 2007 didn’t hold the speaker back from taking his message to crowds. In recent years, Ziglar was forced to change his routine but still kept moving ahead, which daughter Julie Ziglar Norman said in 2010 in and of itself was inspiring to fans:
“It touches people in a different place, because they see he has not let the circumstances in his life dictate how he responds to [life].”
Zig Ziglar’s death was announced to Facebook fans this morning, with this message posted to his 60,000 plus followers on the network:
Zig Ziglar passed from this world today after a short bout with pneumonia. Though his time on earth has ended, he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home. The angels in heaven are rejoicing and his family is celebrating a life well lived … If Zig has impacted your life or you want to leave a message to the family, please leave your remarks on his FaceBook page. Don’t worry about being too specific or long. Take as much space as you want … the family wants to know.
Fans of Zig Ziglar, some celebrities, have been tweeting quotes from the famed speaker in honor of his work as word of his passing spread. LL Cool J was one vocal fan offering condolences:
“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want right now” ― Zig Ziglar
— LL COOL J (@llcoolj) November 28, 2012
“You can get anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want in life.” – Zig Ziglar… fb.me/x7ElaKui
— G. Cristina Cristea (@GCCristea) November 28, 2012
The message added that a memorial service for Zig Ziglar will later be announced on the page. Do you have a favorite Zig Ziglar quote?