Amateur Life Coach: Should I eat this doughnut?

James J. Bell, ICLEF's Amateur Life Coach






Dear ALC:

Should I eat this donut?

Befuddled in Bedford


Dear Befuddled:

There are topics that are easy for the Lifecoach to explain (like electromagnetic field theory, thermodynamics and One Direction.) But you’ve raised an issue requiring more than mere words. The flow chart below contains the answers to all the issues, sub-issues, controversies and sub-plots that your problem present.

ALC Donut Chart-2





















I’m the Amateur Lifecoach and I hope this helps.


James focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense; attorneys discipline defense and health care law. As a Marion County Public Defender, he represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials. James also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. James is a frequent ICLEF speaker on ethics, trial practice and criminal procedure. As of January 2013, he began serving as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches a course on professional responsibility. To date, no student has yet stood on their desk and shouted “Oh captain, my captain!”

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2 Responses to “Amateur Life Coach: Should I eat this doughnut?”

  1. Jonna says:

    This may have saved my life. Thank you.

  2. Elle says:

    This is hysterical!

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