Be – Do – Have….CanDoGo

Zig Ziglar (Dad) is famous for his Be, Do, Have philosophy.  You have to “Be” the right kind of person first, then you must “Do” the right things before you can expect to “Have” the things in life that really matter.  Dad keeps it pretty simple – Be, Do, Have.

Keeping it simple pays huge dividends in today’s world.  With so many things to remember and keep track of, it just makes sense to boil the complexity down to a few simple truths.

What are you going to do today to “Be” the right kind of person?  What specific character quality or skill are you going to work on?  What are you going to listen to or read?  Who are you going to spend time with that will help you “Be-come” the right kind of person?

What actions are you going to “Do” today so that you can expect to “Have” the things that matter?  “Do” is a great word because it is all about action.  “Be-ing” the right kind of person is essential, but until you take action, until you “Do,” you are not impacting the world around you in a positive way.  Don’t let the “Do-ing” in your life happen by accident; instead, plan purpose in your “Do-ing.”

CanDoGo.  Here is a tip for you – CanDoGo is a great place for you to get daily insights into “Be-ing” and “Do-ing” the right things in your professional career.  CanDoGo features thousands of one to two minute videos featuring 150 professional authorities (including Dad).  Just type in your problem like “customer says price is too high” and instantly dozens of short videos will pop up from the experts on how to handle this problem.  The answers are integrity based (Be) and action oriented (Do).

“Be-ing” the right kind of person starts with putting the right things into your mind.  Tell us your story about a word or a message that changed your thinking and allowed you to “Be-come” the right kind of person. You can post your comment in the comment section on my blog right here ……

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4 Comments on “Be – Do – Have….CanDoGo”


  1. Tom, this is a great article. Such a simple phrase and yet so powerful – Be, Do, Have! I love it. Thanks for the advice on linking to http://www.candogo.com I appreciate you!

  2. deepak kumar Says:

    TOM – thanks for giving tips to my son few months back on giving speech and presentation .
    his morale was boosted multifold after reading your emails and last week he won election as PRESIDENT of whole florida schools -TECHNOLOGY STUDENTS ASSOCIATION(TSA) chapter.
    i am really grateful to you for taking time and research for him and sending emails to him .
    this is the first step for him to become motivational speaker like you and your dad mr zig .

    dave kumar
    winterhaven,florida

  3. dot lampton Says:

    I am a friend of Jean. We were in high school together and,in fact, was with her when she met your dad at the YWCA in Jackson. I would like for you to wish her a Happy Birthdayfor me. Just tell her dot sot bot sends her love thanks

  4. John McCullouch Says:

    Thanks for taking the time Tom, to speak with me on Navy Wife Radio. It was really a pleasure to speak with you. I emailed the following back to Wendy and I wanted to share it with you. The following is an excerpt from the email:
    “In following Zig Ziglar’s philosophy of BE, DO, and HAVE. He teaches that you got to BE before you can DO, and you got to DO before you can HAVE! This is the most predominant message that I have received and the only thing that I can add is that once you complete this process, give it back! In this form: Because I HAD the opportunity to DO what I did, Thanks to You! I can now BE Thankful again, For You! Always remember that BEING is the most important part of this process. God is not Supreme HAVING, equally God is not Supreme DOING, God is a Supreme BEING! Since you are created in that same image of God…You decide what you will BE! Make it Supreme!!! That is not Zig Ziglar, but a Johnny Mac quote!!!! I got to get started if I am to BE a motivational speaker!!! Please stay in touch!!”

    Tom again I cannot stress enough how much of a pleasure it was, to speak with you!


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