“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.

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#101: “Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or nation.”

– Oscar Wilde, writer and poet

This quote seems a bit contrary to the idea of being happy with who you are and what you have, and living in the present. It does, however, point to a significant driving force for most of us – namely, the desire for growth and progress.


Where in your professional and personal life do you experience dissatisfaction or discontent? Which of these areas can be influenced and improved through your efforts?

Select one or two of these and make the needed changes to realize the progress you desire.

Find a coach or an accountability partner to help increase your chances of success.

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