Zig Ziglar (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012) was one of America’s preeminent self-help authors and speakers. He has written prominent books and several audio productions in the fields of developing a positive self image, goal-setting, and sales, for which he is legendary.

For more than 40 years he traveled the nation and the world as a motivational speaker, stirring corporate groups with his distinctive blend of sound-bite optimism, country wit, Christian faith, and good-natured nudging for people to see the bright side of life.

Known almost as much for his colorful voice and folksy southern expressions as for his specific advice, he has inspired many to improve their lives.

“If you don’t like who you are and where you are, don’t worry about it because you’re not stuck either with who you are or where you are. You can grow. You can change. You can be more than you are.” — Zig Ziglar