“People can’t jump on your bandwagon if it’s parked in the garage.”

“People can’t jump on your bandwagon if it’s parked in the garage.”

—Sam Horn, Intrigue Expert, Author, Communications Strategist

Image by Freekee, in the Public Domain

The term bandwagon first appeared in a book about P.T. Barnum, the famous circus promoter.

Back in the 1850s, a circus made a showy parade through town before they set up. The bright and ornamental wagons were always part of the parade, meant to attract villagers. Musicians were always included, so their arrival could be heard and seen for considerable distances.

What ideas, causes, missions, or purposes do you wish to share with the villagers in your personal and professional communities?

What are you currently doing to broadcast your energy and excitement so that others will climb aboard and join your parade?


Where are you still in the garage with your idea and vision? How can and will you strike up the band so that others can jump aboard?

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”

“The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances.”

—Aristotle, ancient Greek Philosopher

No one who has ever lived has led a completely charmed life in which everything went well, pushed along by a kind breeze.

On the surface of things, many people think that celebrities, great sports figures, accomplished business leaders, and even folks that share the highlights of their lives on social media have it made.

When you look even inches below the surface however, we all bear the scars of the numerous lumps and bumps life delivers.


How can you demonstrate and more fully appreciate the dignity and grace in yourself and others as you and those around you make the best of what life presents?

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

“Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”

– Oscar Wilde, writer and poet

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How popular are you? How often do you find yourself at the center of attention?

If your answer happens to be less than you desire, Wilde might have a little coaching for you.


Begin exploring and even studying the great quotes of well-known individuals of today and the past. The selective use of quotes in your conversations will likely raise your popularity quotient in your personal and professional worlds.

Consider purchasing a copy of my recently launched book, The Quotable Coach: Daily Nuggets of Practical Wisdom, and turn to the index, where you can select quotes in your area of greatest interest.

You can buy the ebook from Amazon:


And the paperback from my CreateSpace eStore – use the discount code 42E47C9N to get 10% off:


Five Quick Quotes

Five Quick Quotes

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Today, I’d like to share a number of short and provocative thoughts about aging to help all of us live more empowered and fulfilling lives as we navigate this journey:

“It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.” (Brigitte Bardot)

“Age is how we determine how valuable you are.” (Jane Elliot)

“Youth is the gift of nature but age is a work of art.” (Stanislaw Jerzy Lec – attrib.)

“The golden age is before us, not behind us.” (Shakespeare)

“Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age” (Maya Angelou)


Explore your value as you ripen, to discover the artistry of this golden age and hopefully you will be liberated and loved by many for a very long time.

“Quotable quotes are coins rubbed smooth by circulation.”

“Quotable quotes are coins rubbed smooth by circulation.”

– Louis Menand, writer and academic

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One of the great things about coaching is that its impact is “sticky” and often produces a sustainable, long-lasting difference in the lives of those involved. However, many people find it difficult to receive an adequate level of coaching support in their vocational and personal lives.

Powerful and highly memorable quotes are one solution, and the more they circulate through the written and spoken word, the more life’s edges are smoothed.


Visit The Quotable Coach’s website (www.thequotablecoach.com) and find the category of quotes in the sidebar that has the greatest value for you at this point in your life. Capture between one and three of your favorites and share them with people who will be supportive of your efforts.

News: I am working on a book for The Quotable Coach, to be launched in ebook form at the end of March. I will be sharing possible titles soon and would very much appreciate your feedback when I do so.