Where You Start is Not Important
I was born in L.A. (that's Lower Alabama). Fortunately, I was raised in Yazoo City,
Mississippi. I say "fortunately" because Yazoo City, Mississippi, is the geographical center of the world. Many people don't realize it, but you can start in Yazoo City and
go anywhere in the world you want to go. The neat thing is, the maximum distance to any place you wish to go is only 12,000 miles.
John Johnson was born in a "shotgun" house with a tin roof in Arkansas City, Arkansas. Today he lives in a high-rise on Chicago's Gold Coast and in a beautiful home in Palm Springs, and among numerous other enterprises is the owner/publisher of Ebony Magazine. He has been the guest of every president since Eisenhower and is one of the 400 wealthiest people in America. In 1996 he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His personal wealth was once estimated to be over $150 million.
Message: You, too, live in the geographical center of the world, and you can get to wherever you want to go from there! The "place you want to go," hopefully, is "the top." There is plenty of room for you at the top, but not enough room to sit down. You must also understand that, as sales trainer John Hammond says, "the elevator to the top is out of order - you will have to take the stairs and you will have to take them one at a time."
I won't promise you an easy trip, but I will guarantee you that the rewards make the climb worthwhile. So, start climbing the stairs today and I'll SEE YOU. (This article is an excerpt from "Over the Top". Visit his website www.ziglar.com)
Zig Ziglar :“The Master of Motivation” Zig Ziglar has been described as “One of America’s Icons,” “the salesman’s salesman” and “A legacy that will forever impact our history.” Helping people to achieve long-term balanced success based on his philosophy of character, attitude and skills, he has impacted more than a quarter billion people and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who act on his philosophy.As a best-selling author, Zig Ziglar has written more than 29 sales and motivational books, 10 of which have appeared on best-seller lists and have been translated into more than 36 different languages and dialects worldwide. He’s been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, the Dallas Morning News, Success Magazine, and Esquire Magazine. Ziglar motivational books and programs are widely distributed through multiple channels including the Ziglar website, Amazon.com, and the world’s largest producer of audio programs, Nightingale-Conant.In the media Ziglar has appeared on such venues as the Today Show, 20/20, the Phil Donahue Show and 60 minutes. As a speaker, Zig has repeatedly appeared with six former U.S. presidents; world leaders and news makers like Rudy Giuliani, Generals Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, and Lady Margaret Thatcher; business leaders, famous speakers and authors such as Seth Godin, Debi Fields, Tom Hopkins, Brian Tracy, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, and Denis Waitley; and countless sports and Hollywood celebrities such as Paul Harvey and Joe Montana. At 84, Zig is still speaking while sharing the stage with his daughter, Julie Ziglar Norman. Together they reach audiences up to 20,000 at Get Motivated seminars as well as sharing messages of hope at smaller venues such as The Legacy at Willow Bend.