Patrick Fellows is a 5 time Ironman, TEDx giving, 32 miles swimming, endurance coaching, healthy cooking, entrepreneur and musician.  Born in Dearborn, MI, raised in Mississippi and a Louisianian for 30 years, 

1000 awesome things?


There is a blog out there called 1000 awesome things and it’s exactly that. This guy named Neil started writing one day and said he would write about 1000 things he thought were awesome. That works out to two years and 8 months of essays.  Oof. 

He won some Oscar for best blog and has gone on to do TED talks and the like. I haven’t visited his blog. So I’ll have to take his word on it. 

I bring him up because over the Christmas holidays he made me want to drive to Toronto and punch him in his nose, and I’m decidedly non violent. See what had happened was I had some credits to use and I read the reviews of his book and bought it. 

In the words of Happy Gilmore, “chlorophyll? More like borophyll!”

If you want to listen to his trials and tribulations go ahead and buy How to Get Back Up, by Neil Paschina. His blog may actually be awesome and I may check after all, but his book just made me angry. For that, I owe Neil 1000 thanks. 

As I was driving and listening one morning, a thought as clear as day came to me. “If Neil can sell this, why not me? I am going to start writing. And I’m going to maybe write a book.”

Now I don’t have an immigrant story and as I have off said of my musical/teenage years, “I was the poor angst neglected son of a doctor.”  Aka. I have nothing to be pissy about. 

Something about Neil’s boom reeked of cashing in with garbage and it brought me to the conclusion that I could do this. So I told myself to get started around New Years and awe what could come of it. 

So far, it’s no worse than Neil Paschina.  So for that. Thanks. 


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