One of my first clients was a company called, People Communication Skills, run by Esther Bogin. I represented the company in the late 90s into the 2000s. We did great things together but when we parted, I hadn’t heard from them in years.
When my book, From Couch Potato to Endurance Athlete – A Portrait of a Non-Athletic Triathlete, was launched, she reached out to me to find out where to get it. She ordered a copy, started to read it, and reached out.
“Although I cried when I started your book by reading ahead the chapter A SHATTERED LIFE. I was drawn to its title as I felt connected to it. I can’t wait to read your entire book and also catch up.”
We set a date to meet
We met the other day at Bar Frites in Greenvale and it was as if time never passed. She looked just as beautiful as ever and we had a great conversation.
I asked her if reading a book about triathlons was a negative thing.
“Oh no,” she said, “I’m so glad I read it. It was powerful, had positive messages, and I loved it.”
What made me happy
What made me happy besides seeing Esther for the first time in more than 20 years, was that she felt she related to the book, even though she doesn’t do triathlons. Here’s what someone else wrote on the Barnes and Noble page of my book:
“From Couch Potato To Endurance Athlete by Hilary JM Topper is a book about overcoming obstacles, accepting challenges, and prevailing in both Athletics and Life. The Author adroitly manages to parallel the two while telling individual stories of athleticism and of life that the reader can relate to. You do not have to be a Couch Potato or an Endurance Athlete to have her story be relevant to you as there is a wide middle that many of us reside in This is a tremendous read that exceeded all expectations.”
If you have read my book, let me know what you think. I’m hoping that my book inspires so many of you to get out of your wheelhouse and do something that you never expected to do before.