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4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,321 ratings  ·  63 reviews
You Have What It Takes to Go Over the Top!

Drawing on forty years as a world-class motivational speaker and author, Ziglar identifi es and outlines in his best-selling "Over the Top "precisely how to achieve what people desire most from life--to be happy, healthy, and reasonably prosperous and secure. As Ziglar delves into the hows and whys of living life with values, chara
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 6th 1997 by Thomas Nelson (first published June 1st 1994)
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Steven Walle
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Zig Ziglar never ceases to deliver greatness. In this book (Over The Top) Ziglar explains where the top is, how to get there and how to live beongd the top. Zilglar breaks it down into very doable actions and walks us through each of them. It is a good idea to take copious notes and stop to do each step after you have read his description. These actions have had proven life changing results for many who apply the steps.I also recommend any of Zig Ziglar's videos on youtube for he is an incredibl ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: clean-reads, business
I don't have much to argue about with Ziglar. I mostly enjoyed his ideas of how to become a better person and subsequently improve your life in all areas. My cynical side tends to come out when I read books like this, and each testimonial and real-life story make my eyebrows raise just a bit more. Especially how a disproportionate number of them end up in sales. But still...not without merit.

One thing I took away from it was this (paraphrased):

When a committed person comes up against obstacles,
Aaron York
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
A great book for personal motivation in life, business, sales.. How to become over the top and not just average...
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Zig encourages us to be over the top (in a good way!) in who we are and what we are becoming (first and foremost) and in what we do. He does so in such a way that is God honoring. Don't expect to find out how to trample the competition to get ahead. Don't think you'll find ways to succeed at the expense of those closest to you. Honoring God, being a blessing to others, and becoming our best self is at the core of Zig's message. ...more
David Feinstein
Mar 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
Zig's popularity didn't really explode until this book was released for the first time in 1993.

And most authors choose to refer this book, out of all other ones Zig has written for others to read. Instead of focusing on just pure motivation, Zig teaches the art of living a happy, well-balanced life
Pathway Midland
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zig Ziglar never ceases to teach me principles needed in my life. Over the Top was a fantastic read and ideal for anyone who has a passion for leadership or developing themselves personally. I found this book was filled with time-less principles anyone should exude who wishes to have a life that continues to move forward. I would recommend this book to anyone in my life.

Oliver Thylmann
Jun 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Somehow couldn't get over the first few pages ...more
Karleton Helfer
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This recommendation is based on having read dozens of books in this genre and taking thorough notes.

Here is the take away...

"Must Be B4 you Do, and Do B4 you Have"

Dean White
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been following the late Zig Ziglar for many years now. I often found that I would read a few pages of his book and it didn't really connect with me. I have managed to read this one cover to cover. Then I realised something.

It is Zig's charisma, personality and energy in his audio books that makes the difference! If you can get over the initial reaction of 'is he preaching to me, I feel like I am in church', you will learn a lot!
Isaac Chris
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Zig shares a lot of stories in his writing. He talks of people who have made success out of what most would see as losing hands in life. Zig lays out detailed, step-by-step plans for life-changing success that anyone should follow in some form. I do myself, and I demand it of my clients as well.

And if you follow the advice and direction given in this book, I will see you – and yes I really do mean YOU – not just at the top, I will see you OVER The Top!
Jonathan D Kopplin
Dec 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is outstanding when it comes to personal development, positive mindset, and goal setting. I have read a number of good leadership books. Somehow this one resonated with me on a deeper level.
Sergiu  Pop
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A little bit too religious for me.
Outdated using advices like listening to cassettes. It's normal because it was writen in 97'-00'.
I wouldn't say it was full of new stuff because I read Deep Work before and it seemed like an older version of Deep Work.
Anurag Vij
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have come to this book whenever I am at crossroads in my life. I first read it 9 years back in 2011 . Full of actionable insights and wisdom to act in the world. I would recommend to anyone to implement the advice mentioned in the book. Must Read Read Read!!
Kate A
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this. When I was reading it I talked to my father and told him how much I was getting from the book. He agreed and said he had met Zig Ziglar years before.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great short listen to Zig Ziglar. Great motivation to keep going on otherwise dull tasks.
Boomers Gems
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
good info but hated this book for some reason. the male perspective was annoying
Dail Allen
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Motivational book about living up to your potential by setting goals
Ibnu Fajar
Live life sensibly and to the fullest. Be smart and stay informed!
Don’t remember
Jason Wicky Ong
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is long like the other books Ziglar wrote. It is less funny and has less stories than some of his other books. The content is also quite repetitive and preachy. However, there are too many words of wisdom in this book that I also consider another of Ziglar's best works. ...more
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ziglar is a sales expert. In this book, Ziglar provides the reader with much motivation and encouragment. Ziglar is a phenomenal story-teller, and incorporates many of his personal stories into the book. Ziglar also often incorporates humor, which makes the book entertaining.
Pamela Fernandes
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked the examples in the book. They were practical and apt. And they talked of everyday people, farmers and railroad workers who went on to win Olympic medals and companies.
Highlights of this book:
1. You cannot rise above your words.
2. It's a cat kicking world, don't let people pull you down to their level of misery.
3. Change the way you say hello.
4.Be tough on yourself.
5. Feed your mind.
Even though this book was written in the 70's I'm surprised that it's so apt especially his thoughts
Jodi Ralston
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jodi by: Mamie McCullough's Books
I found Zig Ziglar because of someone he influenced, Mamie McCullough. I picked up her books at a yardsale, was hooked, and had to find out more about Zig Ziglar. I'm glad I did.

Over the Top is full of insights like "failure is an event, not a person" (vii), that you need to feed your motivation daily (112), and that "you can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want" (159). I also found the sections on goals programs helpful; they inspired me
Melinda Lee
This is an oldie but a goodie. I am NOT a self help book reader by any means. But I was inspired and have gone back to this book more than once to help me to get centered again. Pg. 71 "The first step in growth is action" It's a tear jerker and a wake up call. We are all capable of whatever we can dream!! ...more
Feb 06, 2014 added it
Zig is a great motivational authour i think this is far realistic motivational book i have read. The principle a true and practical. If applied it not only give you want money can buy but also what money can't buy. I recommend it for anyone who feels is down the trenches, failure is an event not a person. ...more
Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
Great book. Motivating and inspiring. I set short, mid and long term goals in the middle of reading this book and I've been sticking to them. This is the first Zig Ziglar book I've read and I'm gonna have to find another one. ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding motivational book. It should be read more than once. I also have the audio of the book that I have listened to. We all need to be motivated from time to time and Zig Ziglar is a great motivational speaker and writer.
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
As always, Zig delivers an inspirational and motivating work intended to uplift and get you moving toward the direction of success. Although over 22 years old, lots of timeless suggestions and recommendations.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked up from where he left off with See you at the top. This one had practical methods of setting up goals that I appreciated. Everything you would expect from a Zig Ziglar book. I will recommend this and will be reading it again.
Kunmi Ariyo
Great book that would teach you how to set goals and achieve them and also teach you how to keep a positive attitude against all odds.
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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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