What has inspired you, now and/or in the past, to do a better than average job?


  1. Having a purpose
  2. Competitiveness
  3. Being an example, or a role model (parents)
  4. Being inspired or convicted
  5. Being challenged
  6. Making an impact
  7. Doing something you love
  8. Encouragment
  9. Personal Fulfilment

Show Transcription

[00:56] Welcome to The Ziglar Show, where we inspire your true performance. I’m your host Kevin Miller and today we listen to a two minutes clip from the man, Zig Ziglar, on the motivation to do a better job than average. He tells a very personal story from his youth that helped chart his course to success. From the message I asked on my agentkmiller Facebook page, “What has inspired you, now and/or in the past, to do a better than average job?” As always, incredible responses that you will resonate with and be inspired by and a really eye opening conversation with my co host Michelle Prince as we talk through the comments. I again compiled them into categories, 7 actually, and we talk through to the most popular answer.

[01:51] OK, to get us started off with a bang, here is a great message from…Zig Ziglar.

[04:10] Nobody says it like Zig. Again, from this message I asked on Facebook at my agentkmiller, “What has inspired you, now and/or in the past, to do a better than average job?” Here now I bring you a great discussion with Michelle Prince as we talk through some insightful comments: What has inspired you, now and/or in the past, to do a better than average job?

[05:31] 1. PURPOSE

Andy Castro: I must break off historical set backs in my family lineage. I must leave an inheritance for my kids. I must build wells for clean drinking water in 3rd world countries. That’s my inspiration.

[06:18] At least the things that matter are the things that are tied to our purpose. Now a lot of us we have jobs to do that may not be tied to our purpose but we still perform at a better than average level so that’s probably where some of these other ones come in. But you and I with what we do, we love what we do and we are driven by our purpose probably more than anything. So I can see that as I’m thinking of all these examples of things that I’ve done where I’ve pushed myself harder and farther a lot of them to go back to my purpose or what I don’t is my purpose.


Kevin Birge: Knowing as a real estate agent that when I do my job right, at the end of the sale, the clients will be delighted and excited at the new chapter of their lives that I have helped them either open as a buyer or move on to as a seller.

[08:29] It’s tied to so many different things of course accountability because it’s not even a financial, I just want if anybody gives trust me with their time and with their story, there’s so much accountability there that I want to give them more than they paid to get of course. But for me it does go back to the purpose because I am so led by helping people to find their purpose share their story, so that they can make a difference in the world and so whenever that was like book bound or anything that I do related to that it’s a combination of so many things but it ultimately for me goes back to purpose. It’s such a huge part of what I feel led to do but the accountability part you know is definitely in there too. You know when you said accountability first thing that came to my mind was at the gym you know when you know and I was thinking about all the times that if I if I was really successful in either weight loss or staying fit and all that it’s usually when I have somebody else who’s relying on me to show up, whether it be a friend who’s going to meet me there or a trainer so that accountability factor is super super important in so many different things, whether you have purpose related to it or not.


Jennifer Meisel: Being a commissioned-only salesperson it’s important for me to surround myself with the superstar performers and not mix in with the negative people.

[11:04] Douglas Hollon: Learning the difference between a true performer and average performer from the ZLC course. Thanks Tom Ziglar!

[11:19] Steve Gallegos: Knowing there are at least 10 other people standing in line to replace me at any given time. #LiveRemarkably

[11:47] I love this you know most of my career I’ve been in sales and when I was I remember being in sales and I did not have a lot of passion and purpose tied to some of my sales jobs but I was competitive and I always wanted to be one of the if not the top salesperson I wanted to be in the top ten. So you know as you asked this question one of the first things that did come to mind that what’s inspired you to do better than an average job, it is a little bit of that competition and wanting to stand out above everyone else and so I love what Jennifer said and some of these others because if that’s what motivates you to do a good job and really excel in what you’re doing then then great, know that about yourself and one more thing Jennifer said that I really appreciated was surrounding yourself with the right people. If you want to be top in sales let’s say, then find the other top sales people in your organization and find out what they’re doing get to know them don’t hang around the people that are you know barely getting by.

[14:22] 4. EXAMPLE – 3

Abbey May Cook: Aside from being a Christian and fighting the fight, my 8 and 6 years old daughters are learning from me. Work ethic, morals and helping people. They are super motivators.

[14:39] Patrick Green T: The fact that I am a father and need to model for my sons what it means to be a man.

[14:44] Beth Graber: In the past I was inspired by firstborn perfectionism syndrome a.k.a. pride and fear of looking like a fool aka pride and personal competitiveness, sometimes pride. I am working hard on changing those things. Now I am mostly motivated by rightly representing the Lord and being a good role model for my daughters.

[15:31] I can’t think of one parent on the planet that doesn’t have that question that you know they don’t ask that question a man I think we’re all doing the best we can and some days we do better than others but I think I agree with that there are certain things that I do now as an adult that maybe I wasn’t as diligent about when I was a teenager or in my twenty’s before kids that I do think about it. And this is a maybe a bad example is this going to show people who you know I’m just human too, I mean there are Sundays that sometimes you know we’re tired and we want to sleep in and going to church is just not necessarily. You know we think we could watch it on T.V. or something but there is the back of my head that says no if you’re going to be the example you have to show your kids what to do and we’re not perfect at it but that’s what goes through my mind.


Jeff: This one of course: “Do more than you are being paid to do, and you’ll eventually be paid more for what you do.” -Zig Ziglar

[16:45] Karen Schneider Little: Colossians 3:23: “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not as unto man”

[16:56] Jonathan Daley: The drive to add value! Do everything as unto Christ. Rampant perfectionism!

[17:03] Scott Little: Tom Ziglar’s quote, “The fastest way to success is to replace a bad habit with a good habit.”

[17:42] One of my friends said this one time and it really really resonated with me. She said you know you bloom or you’re planted that sometimes you are in situations or jobs or you know times in your life when it’s not the ideal and maybe you don’t feel very inspired or you don’t feel like you should you know reach higher go farther type of thing but just remember just the balloon where you’re planted you were put there for a reason and to me I think that’s what an inspiration conviction part of this. It’s true and if it’s those little things that just make you readjust your thought process or there’s another quote I love stop focusing on how stressed you are and remember how blessed you are and it’s those little things like when I when I fill my mind or see quotes like that or surround myself with people who say things like that, it doesn’t inspire me to do better you know and it’s not the competition thing, it’s not the passion thing, it’s just that inspiration of like you know what you’re right.


Dan Miller: Just the idea of settling for average is pretty revolting. Doing anything with excellence is its own reward.

[20:33] David Ask: I don’t like regret

[20:44] Kimberley Wiggins: It is not about the job! It is about the excellence I expect for myself and then I always think “God would want me to be excellent”! LOL Kind of makes me smile.

[20:54] Ashley Conway: Being challenged. When the bar is set slightly out of my reach, it motivates me to give my all.

[21:01] Ryan Pflipsen: Making an impact. Doing something I love

[21:07] Kingsley Grant: My mom’s death. After a successful career as a school teacher, she shared a well-kept secret that she wanted to be a nurse but never pursued that as a career. I don’t want my dream to die in me or in anyone that I have a chance to influence. The graveyard doesn’t need to be made any richer than it already is with the dreams of the many who have gone on before. I’m a graveyard robber. I want people to join me and become one as well.

[21:38] Wow that really makes you think graveyard Rob or I love that. That is significant you know the whole personal fulfilment thing with all of these I’m trying to think of my own examples and you know when I set out to write my book back in the day, I’ve really did not intend to, I had no other forethought other than just writing a book. So I didn’t know it would create a business and doing all the things I get to do now but for me when I wrote that book and I remember opening the box for the first time and holding it in my hand and I just started to cry because it was the fulfilment of a personal goal that I just felt like I needed to write a book for myself, not for anyone else. And so I think that this being you know second to the top is huge because if you’re not sure you can accomplish something and then you do it it’s like wow you know it’s more inspiration than anything or even I have one more thing today or with other people don’t think you can do it and then you do.


Nate Swartzentruber: If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing right. – Dad

[24:24] Edward Panas: My grandfather. He was a farmer who worked 12 to 16 hour days to feed his family and was a pillar of his community. Anytime I feel tired or stressed from my job sitting in front of a computer, clicking keys, indoors, with air conditioning I just remember my grandfather. I was a kid when he died, but I remember him saying once “Ed, there’s no problem too big that can’t be solved by getting up early and working hard all day long.”

[24:49] Dan Zink: It’s how our father raised us, and ultimately, it is my Reputation in the market place. Always be the one they hate to see leave.

[24:57] Jeff Stingley: It’s a legacy from my father and his father. “If you’re going to do something, do it right.”

[25:04] Libby Webb W: Was raised with a high work ethic and the need to NOT disappoint. Made me a little OCD over the years.

[25:12] Christopher Lochhead: My grandfather jack telling me (in his Scottish accent) that I was, “the bestest boy in the world” … in a very really, I’ve tried to live my life, to be the man he said I was.

[25:28] Laura Reyburn: I’ve been inspired by watching my parents, grandparents, and church leaders work hard and selflessly; I’ve been inspired by communicators who challenge me to be my best version of me; and by a couple rare bosses that believed in my capabilities.

[27:06] Well it could be two that maybe those that didn’t get it maybe they’re motivated because they didn’t meaning like they never have someone say you can do this, you can go to college so it’s almost like they want to prove somebody wrong because they didn’t hear ,I mean I was very very blessed with amazing or I have amazing parents who still encourage me and still you know expect me to be at my best and I do know one thing kids will fulfil whatever expectations they have of them that people have of them. So if you have parents that have set the high bar you’re going to you’re going to try to make them happy, if they’ve set a low bar you’ll make them happy you know typically they’ll respond in the way that’s expected. So I think from parent’s perspective we have an opportunity to speak into our kids and encourage them but if you didn’t get that as a kid or if you’re not doing that for your kids right now it’s never too late and that’s where you seek out other people. I think the best possible thing anybody could do is to find a coach, to find somebody that will see greatness in them, sometimes somebody has to see that in us long before we see it in ourselves I know for me that’s been the case that’s why I always surround myself with coaches and encouraging people because sometimes we get in our head and we don’t see all these awesome things. So if you didn’t hear it as a kid find somebody who can see it in you now, it’s never too late but somebody might need to speak into you before you take action.

[35:58] Friends, I’m betting your desire to do a better than average job at…anything…just increased significantly. Thanks again to all who contributed. If you’d like to join the discussion, friend me at my Facebook page at agentkmiller.com. And if you received value, please leave a great review in iTunes! Coming up in show 546, we have a great show lined up, but it’s one of two and we don’t know which at this point as we are trying to coordinate with a possible book launch. So you’ll have or trust it’s great! Till then thank you as always joining with us walk through together inspiring our true performance.