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See You at the Top

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  12,447 ratings  ·  324 reviews
The 25th anniversary edition of the classic motivational and self-improvement book that has sold more than 1.6 million copies in hardcover. For more than three decades, Zig Ziglar, one of the great motivators of our age, has traveled the world, encouraging, uplifting, and inspiring audiences. His groundbreaking best-seller, See You at the Top, remains an authentic American ...more
Hardcover, 25th Anniversary Edition, 384 pages
Published June 26th 2000 by Pelican (first published 1974)
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Manoj Arora
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My learnings:
(1) Winning is not everything, but the effort to win is.
(2) You can get everything you want in life, if you can help enough people get what they want in life.
(3) Just like a balloon of any color would rise in the air, it is always what is inside you that will make you rise.
(4) The difference between the big shot and the little shot is that the little shot, when it kept on shooting, became a big shot
(5) It is not who is right that's important. What is important is what is right
(6) A
Jul 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I grew up on Ziglar, and I like to dip back into his work from time to time. It's been years since I read SYATT, and it seemed a good starting book for my new goal of reading at least 30 min of personal development books each day.

The book is structured like a staircase, with the idea that if you build on the foundations of each step before moving to the next one, then you will eventually make it to the Top and find success. The early steps are about self-image and attitude and goal setting. Thi
Chris Munson
Aug 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-improvement
I've been disappointed in the past by books labeled as "Business Classics" ("Think and Grow Rich" comes to mind), but "See You At The Top" definitely deserves this moniker. Ziglar provides a realistic and sustainable framework on how to achieve success. His model of focusing on self-image, relationships, goals, attitude, work and desire (and how to improve each) allow you to focus on what is most important. His chapters on goal-setting are some of the best I've read on the topic. My only complai ...more
Jul 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Liked the ideas, but didn't appreciate the occasional Christian and anti-Communist tirade.
Brady Bunte
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I found Zig Zigar's 'See you at the top' to be a most pleasurable read. The book is well written and easy to digest. Zig conveys his lessons in the form of short stories and personal experiences, all of which are easy to relate to and easy to identify with. The book is a good motivation read. If you want to make a change in you're life or just looking for that little inspiration, this book will provide it. As an overview the book concentrates on building `YOU', by looking at self-image, relation ...more
Mohammed Almahfoudh
I read the Arabic edition of this book. The book can simply be summarized in the following phrase:

"It's your ATTITUDE not your APTITUDE that ultimately determines your ALTITUDE in life"
Kevin Hammond
Apr 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is often referred to many as 'the one that started it all'. Well, at least of the more modern era, perhaps...
There is some undeniable wisdom here in this book, but it was also problematic for me for a few reasons and a bit too political for my taste. Zig Ziglar's writing style is simple and easily digested. He takes the approach of using simple and quirky anecdotes that demonstrate valuable lessons about life and work. However, the book is also undermined with a great deal of right-wing, conservative, political dogma. Even still, I really liked the good parts, and am critical enough to be able to separ ...more
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: self-improvement
You'll have to skip about 3-5 minutes of a rather boring story in the beginning. but after that it's Zig Zig Zig. Info contained here is contained in other Zig books, seminars, etc... but hey, it's all absolutely necessary to get nailed into your head, spirit, and soul.
Not a literal reading of the book by the same title, Zig Ziglar’s See You At The Top audiobook is a series of the author’s presentations to live audiences on various topics from the book, plus periodic commentary and summarization for clarification. Ziglar, one of the very first self help leaders, peppers his talks with hilarious stories and one-liners, delivered in his inimitable rural Mississippi accent. With perfect comedic timing, he makes practical suggestions for improving self esteem, get ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
Zig Ziglar was one of America's top original salesmen, and 'See You At The Top' helps you to recognise and improve your greatest asset - yourself. The book is a fascinating read as well as entertaining, with many techniques and patterns of thinking to reveal the best you you can be.

I read the original 1974 version, which if read by any liberal today would have them screeching that Ziglar is 'literally Hitler', for Ziglar has a few sections at the end reserved as a warning against immoral behavio
Svetlana Kurilova
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of 'must-have' books. I am sure it was not enough to read it only once. There is so much information that every reader might start applying right away. I like the concept of taking stairs in order to achieve success. There is no a shortcut in that journey and you truly have to go through this process step-by-step. The steps are self-image, your relationship with others, goals, attitude, work and desire. Ziglar describes in details the goal setting piece giving a simple to follow stra ...more
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book will never be out dated. The ideas, philosophies, and metaphors will stay with you for life and can be applied anywhere. Zig is real, down to earth, and offers no excuses and doesn't allow you to offer them to achieve the successes that life has to offer. The book builds, helping the reader to better different areas of their life one at a time, ultimately building to the whole person. This book is never done, because you can always pick it right back up at anytime and start again. For ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should read this classic book. So much that you may have heard before comes from here. You can truly make the world better if you focus first on just building a better you! Then focus on what you can do to make other's lives around you better. As Zig says "you can get everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want."

It took a little while to get through, but that may have been that there is just a lot to digest, think about, write notes on, etc. And in the
Jul 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book and has some old cliches that ironically still hold true. A classic self help book. Zig Ziglar is an icon and is still doing motivational seminars as of this writing...July 2007. TAcoma, Seattle: July 2007 Get Motivated seminar. Especially good information can be found in chaptor 4... 15 steps to a healthier self image.
Haneen Najeh
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
wonderful book everybody has to either read it or even here it from youtube which will be better cause they will here directly from Zig Ziglar himself.
a lot of our attitude should be changed and that wouldn't happen unless we recognize those attitude. we should change them cause they affect out life and our feeling without Awareness.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read for everyone who's willing to see the world from a different lens! The book was written in 70s but Zig's anecdotes, references, philosophy as well as humor are still very relatable and relevant. This was the first time I was laughing out loud while getting motivated at the same time. 

"How you see your future is much more important that what has happened in your past." - Zig Ziglar
Quinn Arnau
Jul 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I am 56 pages into this book and it so inspired me to want to know more that I have spent the last hour updating my goodreads and applying the principles I have learned in this book. I am kind of afraid of this book though, like the end might advise me to drink kool aid or something
David Peterson
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my favorite books I've read. It's very inspiring and filled with lots of life long truths. No matter who you are or what your aspirations in life are this book will help build a strong foundation of character. Highly recommend this book to everyone.
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Full of inspiration and information about how to live your best life - sorry Oprah, Zig wins. Zig has positively influenced so many of my favorite authors, now I know why.
Mahmoud Haggui
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
this book is a manifesto of the Self-Develop genre. it consists of seven chapters discussing the way to the top performance, self-esteem, public relationships, goals, mental order, work and desire. it is full of stories that will be hanged on a special wall deep inside your mind. I bet I'll remember a lot of "How things work" throughout my entire life. Surely Ziglar belongs to those writers who make you feel like your are fortunate enough to read their books, as you are not just reading an ordin ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Salespeople
Shelves: philosophy
Uplifting PMA-type book from one of the masters of positive mental attitude pick-me-ups. Worth reading if you are into sales, or just want to see what all the hype is about. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to listen to Ziglar in person when I spent a short-lived half-summer selling books door to door. It was interesting watching a hundred or more newly hired salespeople grow in excitement as they were pumped up by Ziglar's session. Myself, I couldn't get into it, and found myself getting m ...more
Jun 16, 2009 added it
Shelves: career
From Seth Godin in his top 3 business books of all time:

The Tom Peters Seminar. Tom has created so much of value, and I have trouble picking. But it's either this or the Wow book.

See You at the Top. Zig Ziglar's opus, still the most focused and personal motivational book ever.

The Places That Scare You. Please don't tell me that Pema Chodron's work doesn't qualify as a business book. For me, what I do all day is my life, and what I do all day is business. I
Jan 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Much of this material is familiar to me. Nevertheless, I think that Zig is a great teacher to return and explore his ideas. Some materials feel out of date, although the edition I am reading has been brought up to date for the era of connected communication. I have read See You at the Top before, and believe this is a great time to deepen my understanding of his message. Success is often found in the fundamentals, and clearly ZZ is a master of success and sales. I have much to learn from his met ...more
Karen Jett
Jun 23, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
See You At the Top was a disappointing read. I chose it because of Zig Ziglar and who he is. Knowing his history, I felt that my reading would be incomplete if I didn't add this book to my list. However, I found it hard to read and keep reading. Much of the material is dated and at times, narrow-minded. Zig Ziglar is an exhilarating speaker. If you are interested, listen to him speak...just leave this book unread.
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Zig's principles he teaches are timeless and his audio book is better than the read. A Bit wordy and if you never saw Zig live or on video this book would come across as dated and a bit over words. But Zig was one of the greatest trainers on Sales in recent History and his Wisdom will live on forever.
Annmarie (Annie) Kostyk
Liked the overall ideas in the book. Found a lot of it to be offensive. Zig didn't tolerate much. Didn't respect women. Thought you became homosexual because you didn't have enough God. Found it wasn't acceptable to drink in any form or enjoy the pleasures of life. Pretty messed up. Had a hard time with him.
Lisa Shultz
Feb 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help, business
I enjoyed Zig's book very much even when I wish it had been updated to current events and stories. Most of the stories and principles are timeless, but I kept longing for some current stories and especially the last chapter.
The basics are all there in that one does not get to success on the elevator but rather steps, which he clearly describes.
A worthy read!
John Cory
Oct 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone.
At times it feels like reading a conversation with your grandpa, but the book is incredibly effective at motivating you to want to be a better you. Many of its ideas aren't ground-breakingly new ideas, but much of truth isn't. I highly recommend it.
Mar 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Zig Ziglar is one of my favorite motivational speakers. I saw him in person at a 2000 seminar. His See You at the Top book is written at the 5th grade level but the way he gets across his ideas with stories from his personal experiences are engaging, humorous and inspirational, in my opinion.
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Zig Ziglar was a motivational teacher and trainer who traveled the world over, delivering his messages of humor, hope, and encouragement. As a talented author and speaker, he had international appeal that transcended every color, culture, and career. Recognized by his peers as the quintessential motivational genius of our times, Zig Ziglar had a unique delivery style and powerful messages that ear ...more

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