Most of my regular readers will know that this blog is dedicated to Accounts Payable and Payment automation. However, I thought I would take a step outside of that to pay tribute to an amazing person. I consider him a true mentor to me. I got to know him when I was 18 years old and every day since I have drawn from his wisdom and knowledge both in struggle and achievement. He gave me context and ground rules to help me achieve with sayings like, “You can get everything you want by helping others get what they want”. One of my most popular jokes when I speak live was taken from him, “If my wife ever leaves me, I am going with her”. Even when my son was struggling in school, it was his advice that helped us get back on track and stay on track. It is a difficult thing about writing; at a certain point you (the writer) will run out of word to describe situations… this is one of those times where I don’t have the words to describe how much this mentor has helped and changed my life for the better.
Here is the kicker… I have never met the man in person or ever shook his hand. His ideas and principles are so solid and powerful that even conveyed on paper or recordings and live with tens or thousands of others I have been deeply changed for the better.
It was with great sadness that I learned that my mentor died Wednesday afternoon… Zig Ziglar – one of a kind… I sure am going to miss him.