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Keller Williams Realty Remembers Zig Ziglar


Motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar, died last week at the age of 86. Although he will be missed, he left a legacy of pithy wisdom and good advice for anyone seeking a powerful, successful and influential life. For years, Keller Williams associates have looked up to Zig and practiced what he preached. His teachings are very much in line with KW’s own mission: to build careers worth having, businesses worth owning and lives worth living. In celebration of his life, two of our Keller Williams Executives  share their Zig Ziglar experiences in their own words.


Mo Anderson

Vice-Chairman of the Board, Keller Williams Realty

As most of you have already heard, last week we lost Zig Ziglar, one of the most inspirational and powerful motivational speakers we have ever known. He was dedicated to the principle of helping others achieve the greatest level of professional success while enjoying deep personal fulfillment, believing that the former was not possible without the latter.

He was a natural fit with our Keller Williams culture and philosophy of “God, Family and Business” and we were honored to have the opportunity of enjoying him at several of our past Family Reunions. For those of you who might have enjoyed the experience of hearing Zig speak, you are well aware of the energetic, positive spirit he shared with everyone in the room. He could speak, he could energize, he could inspire — AND — he could physically cover a stage like no other. It was an experience one would long remember.

His family has made the statement that “… he is speaking with Jesus now in his heavenly home.” We share that thought and at this time, our condolences and prayers go out to his family and include those of gratitude for having felt Zig’s influence in our lives. We celebrate you, Zig, and your commitment to doing the right thing! We know you are now enjoying the fruits of your labors!

Dianna Kokoszka

President of KW MAPS Coaching

When I was young, my Dad sold tickets for the American Motivational Society. So you can imagine we had many of the greats pass through our doors. Zig Ziglar was, of course, one of them.

I remember one particular evening when he was visiting. He looked right at me and asked: “Dianna, what do you want to be when you grow up?” I said “Anything other than a sales person, Zig.” Today, I realize how funny that answer is because I have such a passion for sales and for helping other sales professionals become successful.

Years later, I had the privilege of attending Zig’s 80th birthday party. At this point in his life he always carried an air pump. Being the positive person he is, Zig never took his challenge seriously. So, that day I teased him by asking, “Zig, can you ever come out of the thing?” He quickly replied. “Don’t you know? This is just plain ole’ motivation. Sometimes you have to pump it into yourself!”

As we developed KW MAPS Coaching’s BOLD program, Zig’s success principles and life lessons were always within our reach and we referenced him often. There was the story of his “defining moment” with his “redhead” (the term he fondly called his wife), which teaches us that everything is a choice and you’ve got to have the courage to move forward and do what it takes to be successful.
Then there is his famous quote, “You’ll get what you want when you help others get what you want.” Zig was right again. Contribution is a powerful habit and it’s one that we teach and coach every single day. Few have had as great an impact on as many people as Zig, and we are grateful for his wisdom.

Do you have a favorite Zig memory? Please share it below in the comments section.

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7 comments on “Keller Williams Realty Remembers Zig Ziglar
  1. Ryan says:

    Zig was and always will be my hero.

  2. vinbais says:

    Indeed, his books brought into life many ‘dead souls’, I knew because I was one of them.

  3. “You can change where you are. You can change where you are. By changing what goes into your mind”

    “The most important talk you will have all day is the talk you will have with yourself”

    “Who you gonna feel funny talking to? Some people talk to golf balls… ‘Go in the hole!’ Can you not stand yourself for just two minutes? That’s all I’m talkng about…” on affirmations

  4. Correction:

    “You can change where you are. You can change WHO you are. By changing what goes into your mind”

    Sorry, typo.

  5. andykk says:

    I met Zig Ziglar (in a bar in Los Angeles) when I was 21. I knew who he was and was sooo excited to be talking to him (he was so inspiring). After our chat and before I said goodbye, he signed his name on a napkin and wrote “may I see you at the top”. That meant so much to me and I still have the napkin and cherish it.

    Andrea Kampf

  6. Keller Williams Realty says:

    What a cool story @andykk! Gives new meaning to scribbling ideas on a napkin.

  7. MWilson says:

    Zig Ziglar is one of the few speakers that I keep coming back to, year after year. Though I never had the privilege of meeting him, I always found it amazing that whenever I listened to him, I felt like he was talking just to me … others inspire, but with Zig, it always felt personal.

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