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, 

That sounds good. I’ll have that.


Todays feature will be an 8oz Filet. Cooked to your liking and topped with lump crabmeat. It’s served with horseradish mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. You’ll take it right? It sounds great and now you don’t have to look at the menu and think about it. You’ll take the special. You’ll add the crabmeat. You’ll be amazed you agreed to a $47 entree. 

People want to be guided. With everything.  We believe things that we read and don’t question them. We want someone to tell us the way. 

Years ago I read my first “business” or “self help” book. I was immediately blown away that such a thing even existed beyond a cheesy tv infomercial. I devoured it and stood ready to take on the world. Except for the doing. While there were broad strokes and things that resonated. I longed for the part of the book at the end that was the instructions. The how to. 

I wanted to be guided and told what to do. To answer all the questions I had about life, business etc. a step by step guide that I could implement. For the most part, that’s just not how it works. 

Nowadays the world wide internet of things is littered with coaching programs that do purport to do more of this.  I’ve contemplated creating something similar and I may one day if I can get around it feeling so dirty. This is a me problem. I think I’d be good at it and it would help people and I think I’d enjoy doing it. It should be like crafting a running program. For the race of life. Seems simple. (<that’s sarcasm)

The power of coaching comes from the building of trust. You’ve got to believe in the coach’s expertise. Their theories need to be tested and proven to work or at the least make logical sense. 

Just spouting off the delicious list of ingredients does not a “how to live life,” guide make and please know that when I write about the things I think you(we) should do, I think long and hard about the consequences and ramifications of what I say. 

When I say “I’m no expert,” what I mean is I say these things because I believe them to be true and believe that they will help us all along our path.  My intentions are always to make people better and to help others, and really I believe that what I am saying is just as valid as anything else you’ll find out there. 

So maybe that makes me an expert, and maybe I’m just selling you the crabmeat topped filet. Either way. It sounds delicious. 


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