I had the good fortune to meet Robin Lange, owner of iYogaStudio, at Erica Green’s event last Friday night. Robin conducted an abbreviated yoga class that got us relaxed and more flexible for the evening ahead.

We chatted over Erica’s delicious squash soup and ended up exchanging products. Robin was interested in my CD How I Got on the Today Show and I wanted a set of her yoga CD’s.

After she listened to my talk about getting PR she wrote this:

I had to tell you that I have been listening to your “Today Show” CD and have learned quite a lot from that. You present some very valuable insights and information in an incredibly user friendly fashion.

On a personal note, I had to let you know that the Calvin Coolidge quote you use is a favorite of mine. When my siblings and I were in high school and college we owned a small goldfish that was kept in a very small bowl for 7 years having survived many mishaps including trips down the drain while water was being changed as well as two curious cats.

We nicknamed him PD which stood for Perseverance & Determination. My father had used that Calvin Coolidge quote often to motivate and inspire us in our schoolwork and sports.

When PD eventually died, my father went so far as to institute a family award that was given out each year to the family member who exhibited the most PD that year. The award was  a trophy of a fish that corresponded to whatever we were working hard at: a flounder for my brother, the wrestler; a shark for me navigating the waters of Hollywood; a barracuda for my brother the lawyer; and a bigmouth bass for my brother, the salesman.

Over the years we have had much fun, laughter–even tears–at this annual ‘banquet’ and the quote lives on my refrigerator having been given out as magnets one particular year. It is so easy to get discouraged when pursuing your dreams, and I thank you for that reminder to persevere!

For those of you who don’t know the Calvin Coolidge quote referred to, here it is:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

May you be the next to win the PD award!

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