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“Class” (Zig Ziglar)

BTLifesMomentsThe late Zig Ziglar touched the lives of countless individuals; their testimonials would fill volumes. Although my face-to-face time with him was very limited, his philosophy of life strongly influenced mine. I one asked him what message he would have for young people. He said, “I would tell them to play it straight.” To him that meant honesty, integrity, sincerity and humility in all aspects of one’s life, as well as the ability and desire to encourage others. He certainly lived those values. Here’s a great piece he wrote on the quality we call “class.” There’s no better lesson we could teach our children. –JDS
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zigFrom time to time someone gives another individual the ultimate compliment when he or she says, “You are a ‘class act,'” or they simply describe a specific behavior and say, “That’s class.”  From time to time a master of ceremonies will introduce an individual by saying, “If you go to the dictionary and look up the word ‘class,’ you will see a picture of your speaker this evening.”

A person with class is an individual of integrity, someone you would love to have as a parent or child, a friend or a neighbor, a mentor or an advisor.  In short, class identifies a person who is “top drawer,” one who goes the extra mile by being gracious to everyone who courteously serves them.

I love the description given in comments made by Bill Daniels who said that “class is something you choose for yourself.  It’s competing honestly, confronting problems head-on, taking accolades with grace and humility and not knocking your competitors.  If you have class you’re loyal to both yourself and to those around you.  Class is born out of self-respect and a healthy respect for others.  Everything in this world is not always attainable.  Fortunately, class is.”

Class is the coach who gives every child on the team his turn “at bat” without regard to the youngster’s ability or the won-lost record of the team.

I encourage you to identify someone who is a class act and use that person as a role model.  The individual might not be rich and famous or even brilliant, but a person of class is one we can all aspire to be.  Take the class approach and I’ll SEE YOU AT THE TOP! ###

Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.

 

The Hero in All of Us, Part Two (Guest: Captain Gerald Coffee, USN(ret.)

U. S. Navy (retired) Captain Gerald Coffee’s heroic story is legendary. While flying his RA-5C reconnaissance jet during a combat mission off the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk, he was shot down over North Vietnam.

Immediately captured, Jerry was held prisoner for seven years (2,567 days) in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” where torture and solitary confinement were routine.

For almost 40 years now, Jerry’s spellbinding keynote talk, Beyond Survival, has inspired thousands worldwide with a life-changing message of hope, faith, courage and honor.

Another mission of Jerry’s has affected our lives more than we know. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the United States was on the brink of war with the Soviet Union. Jerry flew low-level reconnaissance over the island of Cuba, photographing evidence of nuclear armament. The photographs he took, at great personal risk, provided the final evidence President Kennedy needed to implement a naval quarantine (blockade) that halted the stockpiling of Russian nuclear weapons in Cuba. For that alone, Jerry deserves our gratitude.

Dr. Sutton conducted this interview with Jerry in San Angelo, Texas, in 1995. Jerry’s book, Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times–a POW’s Story, is available through his website. There’s also an audio program of the same name. Jerry’s story was made into a stage play entitled The Prisoner. (23:14)

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COMING SOON: Teaching Our Kids to Win at Losing (Guest: Dr. Frank Sileo)

The Hero in All of Us, Part One (Guest: Captain Gerald Coffee, USN(ret.)

U. S. Navy (retired) Captain Gerald Coffee’s heroic story is legendary. While flying his RA-5C reconnaissance jet during a combat mission off the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk, he was shot down over North Vietnam.

Immediately captured, Jerry was held prisoner for seven years (2,567 days) in the notorious “Hanoi Hilton,” where torture and solitary confinement were routine.

For almost 40 years now, Jerry’s spellbinding keynote talk, Beyond Survival, has inspired thousands worldwide with a life-changing message of hope, faith, courage and honor.

Another mission of Jerry’s has affected our lives more than we know. During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the United States was on the brink of war with the Soviet Union. Jerry flew low-level reconnaissance over the island of Cuba, photographing evidence of nuclear armament. The photographs he took, at great personal risk, provided the final evidence President Kennedy needed to implement a naval quarantine (blockade) that halted the stockpiling of Russian nuclear weapons in Cuba. For that alone, Jerry deserves our gratitude.

Dr. Sutton conducted this interview with Jerry in San Angelo, Texas, in 1995. Jerry’s book, Beyond Survival: Building on the Hard Times–a POW’s Story, is available through his website. There’s also an audio program of the same name. Jerry’s story was made into a stage play entitled The Prisoner. (24:16)

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COMING SOON: The Hero in All of Us, Part Two (Guest: Former Vietnam POW Captain Gerald Coffee, USN [ret.])

Zig Ziglar Interview: The Power of Gratitude (Part Two)

This is the conclusion of the 1996 interview Dr. Sutton did with Zig Ziglar at his office in Dallas, Texas. Again, this recording was originally on cassette tape, and it had deteriorated some due to heat and age. Zig, however, is refreshing in his candid insights into what he values and strives for everyday.

The Zig Ziglar story, of course, is still playing. He did retire from speaking in 2010, due primarily to injuries sustained from a serious fall down a flight of stairs in 2007. He willl turn 85 in November of 2011, and looks great. As Zig shares it, he and his wife of 65 years, Jean, are more in love today than ever.

Zig’s son, Tom, is now the CEO of Ziglar, Inc. (that’s Tom in the photo with Dad). Zig is quick to recognize Tom’s vision and leadership for the company, which is now officed in Plano, Texas. Tom’s sisters, Julie and Cindy, are also active in the company. (The oldest sister, Susan, passes away from chronic health issues in 1995.) The future is is good hands. For more on the company, go to www.Ziglar.com.

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Zig Ziglar Interview: The Power of Gratitude (Part One)

I can think of no better way to start an audio blog that with an interview I did with Zig Ziglar in his office in Dallas in the early fall of 1996. At the time, his book, Over the Top was his most current book. He has written many more since then.

In  this interview, Zig is but weeks away from turning 70 and also celebrating his 50th wedding anniverary with his wife, Jean.

As I mention in the comments leading into this interview, I wanted to interview Zig on a topic about which he has strong conviction: gratitude. This interview was first recorded to audiocassette in a series of training audios entitled “Windshield Workshops.” Later, I included this interview in two parts in a couple of early issues of the ODD Management Digest. Don’t worry about my final comment on this recording; you won’t have to wait a month to get Part Two. –JDS

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