Being the Right Kind of Person


by Julie Ziglar Norman


rom the age of 13 to 30, I tried to keep it a secret that I was Zig

know the difference, but because there is an upside! I am telling you about the upside in case you recognize that you, too, have been slow on the uptake in learning how to be your best you. If you’ve failed at your previous attempts to be a better you, choose to try again, and remember what Zig said: “Failure is an event, not a person.” Living life when you are happy being yourself is liberating! Your mind will be freed-up to focus on the task at hand, be that real estate investing or pursuing another passion. If you know why you do what you do; if you are comfortable “Being” who you are; if you are confident that what you “Do” makes a difference in this world, then you “Have” even more than money can buy – you have become “The Right Kind of Person!” •

that? According to whose standards? What does that mean? I am sure he explained it many times, but I was so far from being able or willing to try to be the right kind of person I couldn’t get beyond the question of whose standards were being used to measure right and wrong. It never occurred to me that certain life principles simply made life less complicated and easier to live. I was making an uncomplicated thing difficult because I was afraid I might be asked to change, do something hard, or give up something I enjoyed. I used to congratulate myself on hav- ing an open mind. I have since learned that my mind was open by a single, very narrow crack into which I wedged a thousand feeble excuses for not trying to be more than I already was, or the best I could be. I talk and write about being the right kind of person today not just because I have enough personal experience in being the “wrong kind” of person to

Ziglar’s daughter. I was tremendously proud of my father, and I was horribly ashamed of the choices I was making in my life that would embarrass him if he, or anyone who knew him, found out about them. I was making bad choices because I did not understand one of the most foun- dational principles my father taught: You have to be before you can do , and you have to do before you can have. So what does that mean? I’ll tell you how I learned it, straight from my father: Dad taught that you must be the right kind of person before and above any- thing else. These days, I absolutely love talking about being the right kind of per- son. It thrills me because I finally under- stand what my father’s saying means. I had to live through my 20s, 30s and into my early 40s before I began to catch on. Call me a slow learner, but every time I heard Dad say, “You have to be the right kind of person,” I thought, And what is

Julie Ziglar Norman is a realtor with Prime Properties Realty. She believes in “Investing Simplified,” and may be reached at 817-233-8444 or

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