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I love motivational sayings. I love parodies of motivational sayings. I love the quick hit of wisdom or humour one can glean on the go.

One of the giants in the world of motivational quips died on November 28 – Zig Ziglar.  Here are a few of my fav Zig Ziglarisms:

Remember that failure is an event, not a person.

You will get all you want in life, if you help enough other people get what they want.

People often say motivation doesn’t last. Neither does bathing—that’s why we recommend it daily.

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

A goal properly set is halfway reached.

I’m not sure we are teaching some key things to up and coming generations.  Goal-setting. Resiliance to get past failure. Altruism. Self-motivation.  My Mom used to highly regard anyone she met who had, in her words, “stick-to-it-ive-ness”. (Mom and Zig would have gotten along fine.)

Others are noticing this too. Here is a review of a book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,  that seems to come from the same perspective.  I think I may need to ask Santa for this book. Given the author’s perspective on his material, I love that his last name is “Tough”. 🙂


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