We’ll See You at the Top, Zig Ziglar!

 Zig Ziglar Memorial

This blog post is a tribute to Zig Ziglar (1926 – 2012)  —   author, motivational speaker, true gentleman, inspirational human being.

Zig, you will be missed! You were a great guy in real life. Not just on cassette tape. Not just on stage. Not just in your books. I will NEVER forget the presentation you gave at an all-day Peter Lowe “SUCCESS” or “Get Motivated” seminar in Silicon Valley about 10 years ago that featured many different positive, motivational speakers. You reminded us to remember to value all of all the things that we already have that money CANNOT BUY!  For instance, you asked us in the audience: “How much money you would accept for your eyes and your eyesight?  How much money would you take for your right arm or both your legs?  How much for your wife, your husband, your children, your best friend?”

Thanks for the Reminder, Zig!

It was a great reminder for us all to be totally thankful for the irreplaceable things that we ALREADY have as we strive to achieve, do, and have more.

Your Words Stuck with me.

Rudy Giuliani spoke that day. He said something about leadership.  There were many great speakers and speeches that day.  It was a huge arena. I really can’t remember what they said ten years ago.  But your words stuck with me all these years.  You made a great observation on life and shared it with us.  I’ll never forget it.  Thanks for that, Zig.

You were the Real Deal, Zig.

I got to meet you afterwards when you were selling your tapes and books and CD’s in the lobby. You were always a gentleman and a role-model till your dying day. No scandal ever tarnished your name or reputation. You were the Real Deal. Thanks for being here.  Thanks for motivating us.  Thanks for being an example. Thanks for sharing.


P.S.   Zig Ziglar was born “Hilary Hinton Ziglar.”    In 1944 he met his wife, Jean, in Jackson, Mississippi; he was seventeen and she was sixteen. They married in late 1946.  They were married for 66 years.  He is survived by his wife, Jean and his son, Tom Ziglar; and daughter,  Cindy Ziglar Oates.


Article Written by Jim Landers aka “Jupiter Jim”



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30 comments… add one
  • Jerome Ibuyan Dec 5, 2012, 1:43 am

    Same from this post, Thanks, Zig. You’ll be missed.

    • jupiterjim Dec 5, 2012, 1:53 am


      wow, this post was only up a few minutes and you’ve already commented. Cool. Glad you liked Zig’s stuff, too!

  • Theuns Dec 5, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Hi Jim

    I mas in tears when i hear about it on FB, but I feel like you do.

    My next post will also about him and what we can learn from him, He is the one that intro me to Personal development.


    • jupiterjim Dec 5, 2012, 1:44 pm


      Thanks for the heartfelt message about Zig Ziglar. He was a great man and a true inspiration to many and he will be missed. His message will live on.

      Thanks for sharing.

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • marquita herald Dec 5, 2012, 2:06 pm

    Thanks for this post Jim – I have been a fan of Zig for years and have several of his presentations on CDs. In fact when I first when into direct sales I used to give them away as gifts to new leadership Reprs. Just hearing his distinctive voice in this video made me smile.

  • Yorinda Dec 5, 2012, 2:57 pm

    Hi Jim,

    what a great tribute to this inspirational man!

    I like what you wrote about the way Zig Ziglar put the focus on what we value.
    To have seen him speak live must have been a real treat.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Mary Dec 5, 2012, 7:49 pm

    What a wonderful tribute to Mr. Ziglar and a fabulous reminder of what a positive influence he was on everyone privileged to see and hear him speak. No doubt, he slipped quietly and peacefully and BOLDLY across the divide that separates us all from that next great experience. And there’s no question but what he is continuing to share his wonderful insights with those with whom he now associates. Bon Voyage, Zig. You’ve earned all that’s good that awaits.

  • Steve Vernon Dec 6, 2012, 10:25 am

    I had the opportunity to witness Zig in action a few years ago in Tampa and am thankful for that experience. Ironically, I think what made the greatest lasting impression on me was his sharing of his personal health issues, which might be a bit embarrassing to many but not to him, and the fact that he continued non-stop in spite of them. His legacy will certainly live on for many, many years to come through the millions of people he inspired.

  • Linda LS Dec 6, 2012, 1:59 pm

    Hey Jim – thanks for sharing – glad you found inspiration from Zig. As you said, he was truly one of the Great Ones! Always a positive message and he always walked his talk!

    Best Wishes!


  • Kimberly Castleberry Dec 7, 2012, 8:33 pm

    Rare is it that we are blessed with the presence of such great individuals as Zig. He touched countless lives and will continue to do so through the large legacy of works he left behind. Thank you for your touching tribute Jim,

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 5:19 am


      Thanks for dropping by to comment on my blog post! I know how extremely busy you are, so I really appreciate it! Thanks for all you do to help us in the World of WordPress, Blogging and Social Media!!!!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Lydia Brown Dec 8, 2012, 6:41 pm

    Zig Ziglar has been one of my all time motivators. His name has come up in so many presentations I have attend regardless of the industry. A great contributor to many. Thanks Jim for another marvelous post.

  • Holly Dec 8, 2012, 8:04 pm

    I was so sad when I heard the news the other day!! I have several cd’s that I have listened to over and over again! I never did get a chance to meet Zig, but I feel like I knew him personally!! Such a great man who gave us so much!!

  • Kevin Martineau Dec 8, 2012, 9:11 pm

    Hi Jim:

    Zig Ziglar will indeed be missed. His wisdom will remain though.


  • Frank Martz Dec 19, 2012, 10:15 am

    If it wasn’t for ZZ I would NOT have started my own business. After reading one of his books years ago (back in the day before all these “fake” promoters made it big), I decided to turn my life around. His inspiration and direction made me a different man today. Just look up the word, “motivation” and ZZ’s face is next to it!

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 5:16 am


      That is a great story!!!

      Thanks so much for sharing it with me!!!!

      You’ve just inspired me and I thank you for it!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

  • Steven Hughes Dec 23, 2012, 11:03 am

    Thanks for sharing your meeting with Zig. Amazing that you were so touched and still remember today. I expect Zig’s quotes and other work to be around for a long time. Seemed like quite a man.

  • Raena Lynn Dec 23, 2012, 8:00 pm

    Hi Jim,

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful post and video in memory of Zig Zigler. He is one of my favorites and I have followed him for a long time. He shares one of his most poignant quotes in this tribute video. “You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want” but that is only one example of the hundreds of motivational quotes and wisdom he has left for us to enjoy.

    He is a true legend and his teachings will carry on for generations to come. Thanks Jim!

    Raena Lynn

    • jupiterjim Dec 24, 2012, 5:10 am

      Raena Lynn,

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my post and sharing your feelings about Zig Ziglar. I knew you would like his stuff and am not surprised you would like this article.

      You’ve got a great blog with lots of useful, positive information and hope even more people continue to read it!

      ~ Jupiter Jim

      • Raena Lynn Dec 29, 2012, 8:59 pm

        Thanks Jim. I really appreciate it. I love your blog too and you provide so much value! You are a true Go-Giver…that is for sure!

        Raena Lynn

  • Dr. Erica Goodstone Dec 25, 2012, 9:02 pm

    What a beautiful tribute to a remarkable man. His simple wisdom has inspired so many of us to just go for it. I love his belief that you can have anything you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.


    Dr. Erica

  • Julieanne van Zyl Dec 28, 2012, 3:30 am

    Thanks for the wonderful tribute Jim. I never saw Zig Ziglar live, but it sounds like it was a wonderful experience. Live is always more powerful.

  • Jamie Bishop Dec 29, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Hi Jim,

    This was a great post and tribute.The video was a great tribute as well.I’m embarrassed to say that I wasn’t that familiar with Zig Ziglar but I know a great speaker when I hear one and he definitely sounds like a great one.It sure seems like Zig made an everlasting,positive impression on you Jim.I have alot of respect for great motivational speakers.They have the power to,and do,change lives.

    Thank you for sharing this,


  • Damian Sandoval Jan 3, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Truly a great man, luckily some follow in his example, but sadly not enough. It’s good that we have had the opportunity to witness some of the work of this man.

  • Coral Gables Condos Jan 25, 2013, 5:55 am

    Really heart touching article. Believe me when I was reading it tears are falling through my eyes and I am in the memories of that time. I like this article from the bottom of my heart. Thanks a lot for sharing the article.

  • nick catricala Jan 26, 2013, 8:05 pm

    thanks so much for writing this tribute to Zig Ziglar… he was admired by everyone for the same things that you mentioned above.. he truly was a great teacher and person…and what you wrote “reminded us to remember to value all of all the things that we already have that money CANNOT BUY!” this is a classic of his… I still remember the first time I heard him saying it and after that, I happen to catch it from other motivational speakers as well… It is such a great attitude, to bad that he did not live to be more then 100… he deserved, but I guess God wanted him back and we accept that as a blessing… so we see him at the top some day.
    Thanks so much again.

  • Lynn Jones Feb 1, 2013, 11:08 pm

    I loved that you paid tribute to Zig. He is an incredibly amazing man who will continue to inspire many by the life he lived and the inspiration he shared with the masses. I love so many of his quotes and have enjoyed a few of his books.
    He will be remembered!

  • CNA Feb 4, 2013, 7:43 pm

    Every time I watched his videos, it always made me stop and think about my life. Made me see a brighter future and go for it, all the way. He will always be remembered.

  • Jacqueline Waters Feb 16, 2013, 2:31 am

    Hey Jim,

    Zig was one of my favorites when it comes to personal development and sales.

    I was introduced to his work back in the 90’s when I got into sales. In fact most of the sales meetings involved some sort of Zig Ziglar presentation to motivate us in the morning for a long day ahead.

    He sure will be missed. Definietly one of the greates of all time. He spent his entire life here “Priming the Pump” for where he has now gone!


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