Delivering Happiness: The True Job of a Coach

Eric Auciello
Strength and Conditioning, CrossFit

“On the most rudimentary level happiness is dependent upon on ourselves and our own personal happiness should be the goal of every human life.” - Aristotle


An astute journalist once described me as an entrepreneur who was part personal trainer, part philosopher, and part drill sergeant. Initially, it was the philosopher part that gave me pause, considering I’ve never really thought of myself as the philosophical type.


After all, philosophy is a broad term, encompassing many things. In a literal sense, philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems. I suppose that’s the appealing part of philosophy to me - problem solving. I’m a card-carrying member of the hard-headed guys club, so I must solve problems. It’s in my DNA. In fact, it’s this particular skill-set that has helped me the most as a strength and conditioning coach. At the end of the day, I get a lot of satisfaction out of being able to provide elegant and insightful solutions to my clients. 


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