My questions are in bold, followed by Zig’s answers. Occasionally, Zig’s son Tom interjects some thoughts. My personal notes and thoughts are in parentheses.
Here is part 3 of my interview with Zig Ziglar:
If people used three words to describe you, what would they use?
Encourager, Consistent, Faith
Tom: I would say he walks his talk, and Dad is a pretty good talker.
How did you develop so many great leadership principles and sayings?
Whenever I have a thought, I always write it down. The first thought sometimes is the best thought and I never want to lose it. I still have fun reading at least three hours a day… a practice I’ve had about 40 years.
The more you know about a subject…the more creative in that subject you can be…so I keep reading…including all the new authors.
You have created a great legacy as a leader, and as a motivator. If people were going to summarize your life’s contributions to society, what would you want them to say?
Here’s a man that loved his family…and he loved them because they always helped him. If the people that help you help you…you should remember those people and talk about them.
My children know that I always put my wife first…
Tom: He wants to be known as a man who loves his family and was loved by his family. Plus, he left a message of hope and encouragement.
Zig: Encouragement is the number one thing that people need today.
A lot of people never hear an encouraging word…encouragement is the missing ingredient in many families…
How do you stay so positive?
You are who you are and what you are because of what goes in your mind. You can change who you are by changing what goes in your mind. If I can’t teach it I’m not going to read it.
I always ask myself when I’m reading, “How can I learn something in here that I can use to help someone out there?”
(He said he reads business books, self-help, autobiographies, success stories, and Biblical principles. He makes sure he reads something encouraging every day and he avoids clouding his mind with negativity.)
Tom: After his accident, there was so much inside him already that there was no chance for a pity party.
(Click HERE for part 4 of my interview with Zig where I’ll share some random quotes from Zig, which will challenge and inspire you.)