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Premier motivational speaker Zig Ziglar passes away

Premier motivational speaker Zig Ziglar died Wednesday after catching pneumonia. Ziglar was 86.

Ziglar is a speaking legend. He practically invented to motivational speech, wrote over 30 books, influenced the National Speakers Association, and inspired millions to achieve their dreams.

This Examiner once saw Ziglar carry and old fashioned well water pump onto his stage. He primed and then pumped the pump handle until water began flowing. All the while, he talked about how one must “prime the pump” in life by continually learning and striving. It was a masterful performance.

Ziglar began his speaking career as a salesman in the 1950s. He became a professional speaker in the 1970s. Among the many statement Ziglar made during that speaking career are the following.

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

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

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.”

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

“If you aim at nothing you’ll hit it every time.”

Millions are successful because of Ziglar. He made the world a better place. May he rest in peace.

Originally posted on examiner.com – November 29, 2012