While preparing for a very special edition of “Born to Win” in Dayton, Ohio, I decided to write a tribute to the late Zig Ziglar. It’s wrapped in a story about a recent adventure I had and ends with a video that David Wright and I made with Exit Row Productions.
The Magic Number is 140
It was a sunny Saturday morning when David and I made an impromptu visit to a book store clearance sale. Table after table of leadership, personal development and business books were reduced to $2 or less. It would be a gross understatement to say that I bought several.
While digging through the stacks, I found a book that reminded me of Zig Ziglar by way of a Tom Ziglar quip. Tom said that Dad must have been a prophet. Somehow he knew that Twitter was coming because most of his quotes are 140 characters or less.
“Twitter Power” by Joel Comm
Another deposit to my shopping cart was a collection of quotations. I expected it to become a valuable resource for my writing. It was an unexpected reminder of the highly-tweetable Zig Ziglar.
“The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (In Two Lines or Less.)”
by John M. Shanahan
Wasting no time, I flipped through the pages and enjoyed some powerful and tweetable quotes. Almost every one was a brand new experience. Here are two that I like:
“Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you’re scared to death.”
“Deliberation is the work of many men. Action, of one alone.”
— Charles de Gaulle
I happened to notice that many of Shanahan’s selections were attributed to people known by just one name, such as Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Heraclitus, Homer, Euripides and Anonymous. I wonder if dropping my last name will help me make it into his next collection.
It seems that my antenna is always up. My mind is always seeking new gems of wisdom and inspiration, hoping to connect with the thoughts floating around in my head. As I unpacked the rest of my treasures, I made another Zig connection.
“Tuesdays With Morrie” by Mitch Albom
“Tuesdays…” is the true story of a relationship between Morrie, a college professor who is dying from ALS, and the author who is a journalist and former student. Like Zig, Morrie was a charismatic personality who had a special way with words. Although Morrie’s emotions and thoughts were complex, he had a way of making them real and accessible to Mr. Albom and others who were on the other side of his disease and dying experience. Morrie often expressed his insight in short sentences called aphorisms. Consider the following example from the perspective of a man who knows he is dying.
“Don’t let go too soon, but don’t hang on too long.”
Reading this book a year ago was an experience I’ll never forget. Seeing it again on Saturday reminded me that stories like Morrie’s take us beyond words and are strangely uplifting, rich with inspiring lessons about life. Saturday was also a day when I was reminded that the best things in life are meant to be experienced, not explained. Could these perspectives be the influence Zig has had on my attitudes and beliefs? I think so. Let’s just say that they are part of “The Zig Effect!”
To experience “The Zig Effect”,
click here and enjoy a tribute to Zig, using Zig’s own words.