The Top

by Zig Ziglar

You are at the top when…

  • You clearly understand that failure is an event, not a person, that yesterday ended last night, and today is your brand new day.

  • You have made friends with your past, are focused on the present, and optimistic about your future.

  • You know that success doesn't make you and failure doesn't break you.

  • You are filled with faith, hope and love; and live without anger, greed, guilt, envy or thoughts of revenge.

  • You are mature enough to delay gratification and shift your focus from your rights to your responsibilities.

  • You know that failure to stand for what is morally right is the prelude to being the victim of what is criminally wrong.

  • You are secure in who you are, so you are at peace with God and in fellowship with man.

  • You have made friends of your adversaries, and have gained the love and respect of those who know you best.

  • You understand that others can give you pleasure, but genuine happiness comes when you do things for others.

  • You are pleasant to the grouch, courteous to the rude and generous to the needy.

  • You love the unlovable, give hope to the hopeless, friendship to the friendless and encouragement to the discouraged.

  • You can look back in forgiveness, forward in hope, down in compassion and up with gratitude.

  • You know that "he who would be the greatest among you must become the servant of all."

  • You recognize, confess, develop and use your God-given physical, mental and spiritual abilities to the glory of God and for the benefit of mankind.

  • You stand in front of the Creator of the universe and He says to you, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

Zig Ziglar Newsletter
22 August 2001, Vol. III, # 12


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