Zig Ziglar Finished Well


Finishing Well

By Zig Ziglar

Editor’s Note: This is a reprint of an article Mr. Ziglar wrote and was featured in a January 2011 newsletter.  It speaks to living your life in such a way that you “finish well.”  In honor of Zig’s extraordinary life, we want you to know how to also finish well in your life.

Zig Ziglar

Fortunately, there is a strong movement today in America to instill ethical behavior in the home, school and business environments.  While I applaud the trend, I believe it’s putting the cart before the horse.  The horse, in my opinion, is integrity.  Integrity is who you are, a measurement of your character and, consequently, the determining factor in your behavior.  Ethics are the result of our integrity.  It’s true that people of integrity will occasionally do unethical things.  However, it will be a rare occasion because, according to Dr. Joyce Brothers, you cannot consistently perform in a manner which is inconsistent with the way you see yourself.

Question: Do integrity and ethics work in our society of today?  Well, according to an article in Forbes Magazine and reported by Seth Godin, it works for CEO John Teets of the Dial Corporation.  I know Mr. Teets personally and I believe he epitomizes what we’re talking about.  According to Forbes, he is the opposite of the cold-hearted CEO, ensconced in an isolated executive suite.  Personal tragedies and early obstacles have made him deeply spiritual.  His Horatio Alger-like rise from mean circumstances has deepened his humanity rather than snuffed it out.  He is generous; he takes a keen personal interest in the people who work for him.  He demonstrates that commerce and religion are not incompatible and, in fact, that religion can help an executive be more sensitive to the needs of others, which is the essence of business—fulfilling the needs and desires of customers in an ethical manner.

Message: The good guys and the good gals really do win.  They not only live well, they finish well.  They have more of the things money will buy and all of the things that money won’t buy.  So wake up, America!  Let’s take one step back and build some integrity in our young people.  The ethics will naturally follow.  Think about it.  Live with integrity and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP!

Zig Ziglar was known as America’s Motivator.  He authored 32 books and produced numerous training programs.  He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.


The good guys and the good gals really do win.  They not only live well, they finish well.   ~Zig Ziglar


The Memorial Service That Zig Wrote


In 2001 Zig met with the pastor of his church and planned out his memorial service.  Eleven years later that service was held on December 1, 2012.  Thousands of people attended, watched or listened to the service.  Since then, we have been inundated with requests to see the service.  We are happy to share with you this powerful 90 minute service that Zig planned himself.

The service was an incredible celebration of the life of Zig Ziglar and a clear depiction of Zig Ziglar, the man, as well as the life philosophy he lived and taught. The angels are rejoicing and welcoming a great and faithful servant. This is not the end…it is only The Beginning !

Please invite others to join you in remembering a life well lived.

Zig Ziglar Memorial Service

Thursday, December 6, 2012

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  1. Doug in the Desert
    December 4th, 2012 at 16:33 | #1

    Although I only met Zig once briefly and did not really know him, he sure seemed to be “one of the good guys” and certainly “lived well and finished well.” He has helped and inspired countless numbers of people – not a bad way to live one’s life. Thanks for everything, Mr. Ziglar.

  2. Wendy Hartman
    December 4th, 2012 at 16:36 | #2

    Thank you for offering this to the people that Zig touched so deeply. I will be at work during this time and will not be able to watch it. Is there any other way of being able to listen to it at a later time?
    Thank you so much in advance and THANK YOU to Zig’s family for letting us all be a part in this. I am sure this is a very hard time for all of you and I just wanted to say that I am certain that Zig is smiling down at how giving you all are being to his grieving students of life. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart.
    Wendy Hartman

  3. December 4th, 2012 at 17:21 | #3

    Zig got us to do what he wanted us to do because we wanted to do it. He dared us to be great and great we are; it’s just some of us need a reminder from time to time. Zig rang our bell. He held us accountable to a higher standard. He was the coach of all coaches and now, in Heaven, he’s working on THEIR playbook. Why? Because good enough never is. And if anyone can make a more powerful and positive impact on Heaven’s playbook, it’s Zig. I’ll bet he’s still saying, “My Goodness…” to a packed house of Angels giving him a standing ovation. Can’t you hear him? He’s saying, “OK. Go ahead. We’ve got time…”

    Zig told us what we needed to hear, the way we loved to hear it. His messages struck a chord with each of us in a profound and moving way. My prayers are with the Ziglar family. God Bless.


  4. December 4th, 2012 at 20:00 | #4

    Thank you Zig for living a life of integrity. You have finished the race and received your crown in heaven. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” You are truly one of my greatest mentors. You have changed millions of lives with your message of hope and inspiration. You will be deeply missed.

    Del Hickson

    P.S. I recently wrote an article called, “The Wisdom of Zig Ziglar”

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