“Zig” Ziglar (born November 6, 1926) is a highly successful
American author, salesperson, and motivational speaker.
was born to John Silas and Lila Ziglar in Coffee County, Alabama as
the tenth of twelve children. When he was four years old, his
father accepted a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his
family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where Zig Ziglar spent most
of his childhood. In 1932, his father died of a stroke (and
his younger sister died two days later), leaving his mother to raise
the remaining eleven children alone.
in the Navy during World War II, attended the University of South
Carolina, and worked as a salesman in a succession of companies,
during which time his sales skills improved and his interest in
motivational speaking grew. In 1968, Ziglar became a vice
president and training director for the Automotive Performance
company, and moved to Dallas, Texas, where he still lives
today. In 1970, he went into the business of motivational