Guest Blog ~ Zig Ziglar ~ Life is Change

Life is change. On March 7, 2007, my life changed completely with one, simple, misplaced step. Some would say it changed for the worse, and by human standards they would be entirely right…

…By human standards my fall down the stairs and the vertigo and brain injury that resulted in my short-term memory loss would seem to dictate an end to my long and much-loved career, but I’m here to tell you that, even with its problems, my life is more inspiring, more intriguing, and more fulfilling than ever…

…I’m doing the best I can with what I have and enjoying it in the process. When I get out on the golf course, which is seldom, and tee the ball up and hit it 125 yards, I don’t say, “Oh, I used to hit this ball three hundred yards!” I’m just grateful that I can hit it as far as I can and am still able to get out there and enjoy playing. In my lifetime I’ve had one hole in one. I’ll doubt that I’ll ever make another one, but I have had that one, and it was a joyous occasion ! Incidentally, since my fall my putting has improved – so there is an unexpected perk!

Because I’m eighty-two years old, I figure getting to sit down while I deliver my message is a perk as well. It was not difficult for me to accept this change, because the message is so much more important than how the message is delivered. If the message has reality in it, makes sense, and is helpful, then whether I’m sitting or standing, shouting or whispering, if the message is valid and sincerely believed, I am still able to make contributions to other people’s lives.

Excerpts from Page 7 and 40 of EMBRACE THE STRUGGLE: Living Life on Life’s Terms (Howard Books/Simon & Schuster, October 2009.


ZIG ZIGLAR is a bestselling author with more than three million books in print. He is the president of Zig Ziglar Corporation and has motivated the sales forces of multinational corporations and thousands of individuals. One of the leading stars of the “positive thinking” movement, he is the author of bestsellers See You At the Top, Secrets of Closing the Sale, Success and Self-Image, 5 Steps to Successful Selling, How to Be a Winner, Selling 101, and How to Get What You Want.

JULIE ZIGLAR NORMAN is Zig and Jean Ziglar’s third born and youngest daughter. Julie has co-authored Embrace the Struggle with her father, and their dynamic on-stage relationship has inspired more than 100,000 people in audiences all across America. Julia lives in Alvord, Texas, with her husband, Jim, three cats, three dogs, three horses, and one box turtle.