1. From a teacher at college: "Never let a boyfriend hold you back."
  2. From my hairdresser: "You gotta love your hair. If you don't, your hair will know it."
  3. From my business advisor when looking at my start-up plan. "You don't need to pay rental on a fancy office. Work from home." (His actual words were "What do you want an office for? For you or your ego?" Ouch.)
  4. From a literary agent: "You might do better publishing your own work than seeking a publisher."
  5. From Jack LaLanne, fitness instructor: "Put a smile on your face and good cheer in your heart."
  6. From Billy Blanks, another fitness instructor: "You gotta breathe!"