One of Jim Rohn’s amazing strengths was his ability to move forward no matter what circumstance he was faced. The world for him was never in pending doom, rather a means for opportunity.
We could all learn from this. He chose to always move forward eventually finding his true gift, the gift of inspiration, the gift of enriching all those who chose to attend his numerous seminars or those lucky enough be a part of a company that hired him to speak to their staff.
You see, he chose to learn from all his endeavors, good and bad. He chose to learn as much as he could and never stopped learning. He recognized that at no time will you know all, there is always someone you can learn from.
Infamous for teaching:
“For things to change you have to change”
“Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skill”
“Help your children see that they are better than they are”.
At the same time Jim Rohn was making his mark so was a man named Zig Ziglar. Ironically enough Zig Ziglar born just 4 years before Jim Rohn, in 1926, traveled a similar path. He started his working life in sales eventually finding himself a charter member of American Salesmasters. He along with other members sought to uplift the salesman image. This lead him to a position of training director for his company located in Dallas, Texas.
All of this planted the seed for what one can consider the greatest achievement in his life. With the closing of his company in 1970, similar to Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar found himself grabbing the opportunity to enter the world of motivational speakers.
The two called each other friends as their paths crossed quite often and one can find many similarities in their philosophies, beliefs, and styles.
Social Media is filled with quotes taken from their many seminars, presentations, and videos.
Was it a result of the times they grew up in. Possibly.
They both took trying circumstances and made the decision to make the best of them. Not only did they make the best of them, they chose to believe their circumstances were not going to define them but rather they would learn to grow from them.
Zig Ziglar, born Hilary Hinton Ziglar on November 6, 1926, Coffee County, Alabama, USA. At the young age of 5, his family of twelve children moved to Yazoo, Mississippi. (1) . His father, who had chosen to move his family for a better life, died one year later. For many, this would have been an excuse to not move forward with their lives. No one would have blamed Hilary Hinton Ziglar to never achieving any of his dreams or for that matter even dreaming.
You can well imagine the circumstances his mother and siblings faced, yet he grew with an infectious optimism. He looked for ways to become better. Choosing education by signing up with the Navy Training Program and then creating an opportunity to continue his education at the University of South Carolina. He did not allow his circumstances to hold him back.
He mentions when discussing change, that you cannot make things better simply with positive thinking. He felt strongly that the changing of the “picture” (meaning your own personal concept of yourself) goes hand in hand with positive thinking. Zig Ziglar discusses how positive thinking requires you to change the picture you paint of yourself, for only if you have a good solid picture of yourself will positive thinking be effective.
“do you respond to life or do you react to life?”
A key I find to moving forward is just that. It is hard to ignore the difficulties in life if your own self-image is one that pains you. It is fine to say think positive, but if you do not change your opinion of yourself if you continue to have self-doubts of whether you are good enough, strong enough, smart enough or important enough then your positive thinking will not allow you to change and therefore move forward.
Zig Ziglar – How to Create Your Own Future and Get What You Want (Motivation)
You see, we all go through trial and tribulations. In most cases we will often feel no one understands, no one is going through what you are going through. You question why your life is so difficult and may even tend to believe that everyone else’s life is so much better. You will wonder why you can’t be successful, why you can’t find the family you so envy. You dwell on these missteps so often they become the fabric of your life.
Zig Ziglar talks about the burning of the pages of wrongdoing and finding forgiveness. You see, forgiveness becomes the key to opening up your life to what your life can become. Forgiveness is the process of allowing you to change and travel on the path that you thought you could only dream about or for that matter never knew it existed.
On that note, Zig Ziglar lived those very beliefs. Throughout his life, he chose to respond rather than react. He saw opportunity even when circumstances could be perceived as a major setback. He experienced the loss of employment when the company he worked for went bankrupt. This is where his life parallel’s Jim Rohn’s ironically enough as with his company closing, he found he was able to turn his ability to train and encourage future staff members into an ability to train and encourage thousands of individuals with the right platform.
Hilary Hinton “Zig” Ziglar became one of the most renowned, respected speakers in America. Loved by many in the business world, and revered by fellow speakers Zig Ziglar allowed change to be his success story. He went on to author over 30 books encouraging others to grow in their own life’s journey.
Seems ironic to me for sure how two of our most respected motivational speakers had so many parallel characteristics which are most evident in their ability to move forward no matter what circumstance they faced.
Zig Ziglar – Attitude Makes All The Difference
A Key Zig Ziglar philsophy:
Teaching that if you can respond to the circumstances rather than react to them you will be able to move forward.
Create the environment that will allow you to lose the anger so you can build a future.
Revenge and animosity have never allowed the creation of a positive life.
“We can change, we can grow” so first “take inventory of yourself”
Moving forward is just that. Life is life and you are not going to change what has happened to you, however, your response will determine the outcome and perhaps your future.
There are some who believe motivational speakers are a fraud and only the insecure will seek them out. I have seen comments following videos or posts of noted speakers, that spew anger and loathing. Comments from people who seem to be incensed with the idea “motivational speaking” like it is a venom of some sort.
One of the many problems with social media I am afraid.
Now, everyone can have their own opinion, however, in most cases, those who have sought out to become a motivational speaker do so because it is their passion.
They do not just wake up one morning and say “Hey I think I will run a seminar and get thousands of people to pay me money to hear me speak”. Not likely.
Most through their own life’s experiences and study have garnered the knowledge they need to genuinely help others. I look at motivational speakers more like teachers. Speakers like Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, Dale Carnegie laid the foundation for others like Tony Robbins, Gary Vanderchuk, Les Brown and Brian Tracy to excel in their craft.
Do they try to sell programs during and at the end, yes. That is what business is all about, you cannot fault them for that.
The audience does not have to buy.
Motivation tempered with knowledge, along with self-belief and study is a powerful thing.
What sets humans apart from other animals species is their continual search for knowledge.
Jim Rohn says it best: “Humans can do the most remarkable things no matter what happens.”