Zig Ziglar: 15 Powerful Quotes For A Realistic Pursuit

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Zig Ziglar- 15 Powerful Quotes For A Realistic Pursuit

We have always loved the fire power in the words of motivation and the way they can influence us. From the time we heard the quote – Motivation is like bathing and that is why we recommend it everyday, we were completely drawn to the beauty of quotes from Zig Ziglar and in that respect we present you 15 hand picked quotes from Zig Ziglar to your collection. Please do let us know your thoughts on these quotes or the ones you think we might have missed, always happy to make changes 🙂

 Desire is what takes the hot water of mediocrity and turns it into the steam of outstanding success

Zig Ziglar

Desire is the cause of all suffering said Buddha but that is the desire with expectation. A desire can make us do some amazing things, it can make us wake up early in the morning or shed some sleepless nights for a cause. Having said that, there is a visible difference between desire and a sheer ‘Wish’. A desire is strengthened by the passion to work hard and make it come true. Day dreaming is easy, but having a desire burn within us and make us go the extra mile is an amazing thing to say the least.

People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.

Zig Ziglar

Well, this is the reason for us to start this post and in fact present you a collection. The universal law is that everything tends to run towards entropy left on its own. Nothing stays on a constant growth if we don’t have some conscious effort to it.

I think we all have experienced the shortfalls of motivation in the essence that it doesn’t stay forever. We are lucky if it stays beyond a week, sometimes we are lucky if it stays beyond a few hours. The trick is to identify the main triggers and keep reliving them and trigger them the way we want to ensure that motivation endures to create the result we desire and deserve.

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

Zig Ziglar

All through our schooling days, we are taught to be intelligent and smart. The IQ tests are done to see how good we are at solving problems and being smart. Granted that they all are important but the education as a process doesn’t necessarily have everything to teach us the more important facets of life.

In this case, we mean the EQ – Emotional quotient which teaches us how to handle success or failure in life. It teaches us how to respond when things don’t work in our favour. It teaches us to prevent success from getting into our head. It teaches us to maintain our cool when all hell breaks loose. In short, it teaches the real essence of attitude and tells us that with aptitude there is only a limited distance we can go.

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

Zig Ziglar

Failure is as natural as us getting a day old. We will never be a 100% skilled to face all the challenges in life and attain complete victory in them. We are bound to face some hurdles. These hurdles are bound to make us think and reflect on what went wrong. These hurdles are meant to test how badly we need something and how far we are willing to go to achieve our dreams.

So, if someone says failure is a detour and not a dead end, I would rather believe them – Not because it is the absolute truth, but atleast it fills me with motivation and wants to make me find a solution rather than having my hands over my head and looking at life in despair.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.

Zig Ziglar

As we see, life is always a choice – a choice of one thought over the other, a decision of choosing which emotions to live with, an option to side by hope or despair. And either of them are extremely valid thoughts and completely justified as well. But the question is not about justification, it is about utility, it is about what helps us the most and how we can use these thoughts to achieve the goals we desire.

It is very easy to give up, more so – it is very easy to collect negative thoughts and bundle them together to say that things ‘Suck’ and say that it is all over. Negative thinking will get you there in a jiffy. The question is – Do you really want to get there?

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

Zig Ziglar

The moment something goes wrong, our minds are trained to fixate responsibility. Culturally responsibility is never the best thing because you are always blamed for it. Maybe because people want to wash their hands off on someone and say that they are safe.

However, if we are looking at life from an individual level, our personal failures most times are not because of us or our incapabilities. It is because of certain events not happening the way we want or certain events happening which wrecked our plans. Sometimes all it takes is for us to cut some slack and be a little more realistic about things and move towards solution as fast as possible.

When you do more than you’re paid for, eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do.

Zig Ziglar

I personally like this quote – not because it makes you work hard, but because it shifts focus from a short term gain to a long term approach. It is kinda like a brand building exercise.

Honestly it is very easy to work when someone says they are going to pay you more money for the over time you put in. It is quite straight forward too. But what if it goes the other way round, if someone sees you doing more, you become more indispensable, you become more dependable and valuable. People at this stage pay you more not because they want to make  you work harder but because they trust in your abilities and the value you can add going along. In the long run, that pays you a lot more than the simple over time pay would!

If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost.

Zig Ziglar

Everything comes at a cost –  a success does and so does a failure. And failure most times is the learning cost, the opportunity cost and a lot of other costs which we cannot put a finger on. But if we let it slide, it will be under the covers without any real good coming out of it.

If you want to make the most of a defeat, then dig a little deeper, look beyond what you can see and you can see the wonders. You can see the solutions which can solve not just the current problem but the ones which can occur later. Things are always deeper than they appear and if we are able to habituate that depth, life is at a different level altogether.

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.

Zig Ziglar

It is a common excuse when someone says that they don’t have time. True, I could not agree more, time is a very limited resource in this world and not the easiest to have control over. But something equally strong most of us suffer from is the lack of direction. When we say direction, we mean that single goal or desire which talked about in the first quote. Kinda like the principle that everything we do leads us there.

It might feel romantic when someone says that the entire universe conspires to make a dream come true, but there is also this reality that we make it happen. The moment we identify that unified goal, we can start seeing the connections between the finer things we do and how they merge together to form the bigger picture. It is kinda like the small goals leading to the bigger picture.

If you have enough push, you don’t have to worry about the pull.

Zig Ziglar

This is one quote we discussed in detail very recently – The Push and Pull of Motivation. I strongly believe that both of them play a very important role in keeping us on the track of achieving our goals in life. Granted that the ‘Pull’ is a more dominating force since it goes deeper to the source question of “WHY” – asks you about why exactly you are doing something.

But that doesn’t mean we can completely neglect the push factors as well. If we go by the thought of small goals leading to the larger one, it makes sense to motivate ourselves to the shorter goals which in turn lead to the larger ones. The Pull factors provide us the long term motivation needed to stay with the cause while the short spurts act as constant catalysts and symbols that the goal indeed can be turned to a reality.

It’s not what you’ve got, it’s what you use that makes a difference.

Zig Ziglar

It is the simple difference between potential energy and kinetic energy. In theory we all have the expertise and the resources to achieve the goals we set our minds to. The only thing that is stopping us is the motivation to perspire and make that goal a reality. In reality, there are few things which we strongly care for, some of us take it a notch ahead and show our passion to it. Some of them take it even further and make something credible and sensible out of it and that is how an achievement is done.

Maybe I am simplifying the concept of an achievement here. But that is how all achievements are aren’t they? It is not some genius guy/gal who goes out to achieve. It is and can be done by any one of us and that is the beauty of a possibility. And come on, it is not the fastest fish or the one with the biggest gills that is the most successful, it is the one which has enough reasons to be successful.

It has a lot more to do on how we use our strengths than just having a few to tick some boxes!

Success is the doing, not the getting; in the trying, not the triumph. Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be. If we do our best, we are a success.

Zig Ziglar

The journey is more important than the results. It is one quote which is overly used and sort of cliched as well. But then it is cliched for a reason, it is common knowledge because it is the truth which so many people have realised time and again.

I think there is something very powerful in what we become in the journey, how we gain some qualities and become stronger as people. People seem to have a wrong tendency of looking at success as this one big blob which can turn around our lives. Maybe they do it because it helps them live in the world of fantasy where all problems can be sorted out in one single go. But if you think closely, doesn’t it sound ludicrous?

I mean how can we get something unless we become capable of it?

Obstacles are the things we see when we take our eyes off our goals.

Zig Ziglar

There will always be roadblocks, challenges, things which will keep us a bit tensed and worried and what not. Nothing worthwhile in life has ever been easy – not even getting to school on time. But the point is not in counting the number of challenges we see along the way. They will always be there.

With time, we have to gain this capacity of living life through and beyond these problems. That doesn’t mean we neglect them, it means that we know where to place them. The thorns should not be given as much importance as the rose is. We are not after the thorns are we?

Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.

Zig Ziglar

It finally boils down to this – hope that things will work out – that gives you the motivation to get things in order and work accordingly.

Prepare for the worst because there will be obstacles. Life doesn’t necessarily work as simplistic as your plan. It will throw you off guard and challenge you constantly. But you cannot let that beat you away from your real purpose.

Capitalize on what comes – I think this is important, something we need to train ourselves on to make the best of any situation that comes in front of us. Left to itself everything on earth is hard, it is up to us to simplify and make sense out of it.

Success is like a ladder, and no one has ever climbed a ladder with their hands in their pockets.

Zig Ziglar

Success is never easy, it is never going to be easy. We all need to work hard, we all need to get out of the comfort zone. We all need to make that stretch and believe in the impossible when no one else believe in us.

But that is part of the package, you cannot get one without getting the other. So instead of cursing the things that cannot work for us, look at life the way you can get the most of it. You are not the only target, there are hundreds of us in the same zone, we have to fight for what we believe in.

Well, this was an exhaustive attempt at 15 powerful quotes by Zig Ziglar, we seriously hope you liked them. We are all ears to hear your thoughts on them. Please do tell us what you think 🙂

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10 Responses to "Zig Ziglar: 15 Powerful Quotes For A Realistic Pursuit"

  1. Vinay this one is really nice “Motivation is like bathing and that is why we recommend it everyday”……It’s brings in re-freshness akin to bath. I have made motivation has one of my hobbies and I am always on search for good motivation articles, poem, stories, etc…..and this search has eventually help me land into “Inspire99″…..
    Keep writing bro….

    1. Thank you Mayuresh. I think Zig Zaglar’s quote are absolutely wonderful, practical and to an extent philosophical as well. So glad to have had you here mate, it has been an enriching experience talking to people like you and our posts have become more relevant and relateable. And the poem you shared with us has been extremely well received. Thanks a bunch mate 🙂

  2. Very well written post Vinay, enjoy the read. Though all the quotes are inspiring and unique in its meaning, if I have to choose one, I will pick “Remember that failure is an event, not a person.” We cannot deny the fact that failures bring depression, sad mood, disbelief, discourage, sympathy and many more such feelings subject to personality but it is very important to understand that failure is always a relative of an event. As a human, every one have one trump card to win some game now or later. There is always a need to find it and that is called success.


    1. Thank you Priyashi. It indeed is a beautiful pick of the quotes – failure of as an event and not a person. It helps us to look at things more objectively and actually work towards a solution than beating ourselves up. It can also lead to jealousy and thinking that the world is unfair pretty easily. However, the moment we dissociate it and stop taking it personally, it opens up a new door of opportunities for us and a new way of looking at things.


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