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One of America's most gifted specialists in human motivation sets forth the secrets of climbing the stairway to personal success. Ziglar presents a proven program of self-development based upon the foundation of a winning self-image.
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“See You at the Top” by Zig Ziglar is different than most reading material in that the main character is YOU. It isn’t an adventure book or action book, it focuses on helping YOU. This book is, to quote Ziglar, “THE “How to” book that gives YOU a “Checkup” from the “Neck up” to eliminate “Stinkin Thinkin” and AVOID “Hardening of the Attitudes”. “See You At The Top” is a motivational book that was written in a fashion suited for helping develop good, healthy lifestyles. It shows how we can help expose the bad in our lives and change it to good!
Before I talk about the book, I wanted to share some interesting facts about the author. His true name is Hilary Hilton Ziglar and he was born prematurely on November 6th in Coffee County, Alabama. He was his parents’ tenth child. Nine days later, however, he died (according to his doctor) but was revived in his grandmother’s arms! He would later serve in the U.S. Navy before becoming a famous author.
This book was well written, in my opinion, and its genre compliments the writing style. Published by Pelican Publishing Company, Inc. in 1975 and revised in 1977, it has stood the test of time. The genre is non-fiction and I do believe that Zig was very convinced that every man can succeed financially and socially, regardless of circumstances. One of the stories he used to illustrate this was about a balloon salesman who, whenever business would slow down, would release a red balloon, yellow or green at varied times. Then a little black boy came up to him and asked, “Mister if you were to release a black balloon, would it go up?” and the salesman responded wisely, saying “Son, it’s not the outside that matters, it is what is inside that makes them go up”.
He goes on to talk about the six steps for success: self-image; relationships with others; goals; attitude; work; and desire. To help explain these steps of success, Ziglar included numerous stories. Some are about overcoming huge obstacles, some are parables, but all talk about the need to be honest, full of integrity, and faithful every day. One, in particular, was very interesting to me. It goes, “There was a young businessman who needed to get his work done for the day, but his little son kept bothering him every two or three minutes. He then decides that he would never get his work done at this rate, so he took a world magazine and took a page that had a picture of the Earth on it, and tore it into many big pieces. He told his son to put it back together, assuming that that would keep him busy for a while, but ten minutes later, he came back with the map complete. Shocked, the businessman asked his son how he had done it, which he responded with, “There was a picture of a man on the back, and once I got the man right, I got the world right!” Bottom line: If you get yourself right, you get your world right.
Ziglar also used many symbols to help further his point, including items such as pump handles, fleas, and biscuits. These are explained at different points in the book, and help explain the chapters themselves. I learned that our life can be changed drastically by our mood for the day, and this can be improved by a couple of steps that are stated in the book. One is how we wake up. We can wake up thinking it is a new day that will have lots of good things in store rather than thinking it’s just another yesterday. Another is how we respond to people. When someone asks you how your day is, you usually are not very enthusiastic about it. Instead, say something like “I’m super great! But I’ll get better.”
I really enjoyed reading this book and I believe that every person can relate to this book in one way or another. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any reader that wants a moderately difficult read but jam packed full of humor, information, and motivation.
The biggest thing I walked away with was THERE AIN’T NO FREE LUNCH, there ain’t. In other words, you have to work to succeed. You can only reap what you sow. The farmer should not pray to God, saying “Lord, if you plant the first crop, then I will work real hard during the next harvest.”
I hope that this review has helped you decide if you want to know more about “See You at the Top”.
My 3 main takeaways are
1) Are you kicking your cat?
If you are having a bad day, you are probably taking it out on someone or something else. Everyone has problems, and sometime we have to look a little deeper to find out why.
2) If you want to improve your life, improve your vision
Try to find something good in everything and everyone.
3) Get Motivated Regularly
Motivation is like taking a shower. It wears off, so to stay motivated, we need to be constantly and regularly be motivativated. Hang around the right people, keep learning, keep doing the right things.
A wonderful book to pick you up and keep you motivated.
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You cannot go wrong with this book. You can read it and then go back and read the sections as needed to build up the various areas of your life needed. It's a one of a kind book that way. Zig's seminal masterpiece!