Here’s another batch of actionable insights to start your week off right, so you can be more intentional with how you live, work, and create.
Let’s get started.
Insight 1: Start with your Core Value
“Until we take a step back, dig deep into what drives us, and evaluate what’s important to us as an individual, we’ll never know what direction is worthwhile.”
Do you know what you want on a deep, fundamental level–where your life is fully aligned with what you find meaningful, purpose-driven, and fulfilling?
My latest article is an attempt to help you figure out which direction to take your life and business, so they’re more fulfilling.
Let me know what you think!
A First-Principles Approach to Fulfillment: How to Clarify Your Core Value
Insight 2: Positioning is everything
You know who James Clear is.
His first book, Atomic Habits, is a household name.
He’s writing a second book, and in this article, he shares his approach to writing what is all-but-guaranteed to be an international best-seller.
He goes deep on his process for:
- Coming up with chapter topics
- Positioning his book to be a best-seller
- Collecting, organizing, and synthesizing information
- Compressing ideas for built-in virality
- Avoiding complacency after major success
My biggest insight from the article?
He spends over a year positioning his book before he starts writing it.
Insight 3: Beginner’s Mind beats expertise sometimes
The “curse of expertise” is when we’re so knowledgeable about a topic, we take it for granted and assume other people have the same foundation of understanding.
This is why it’s sometimes harder to learn from an expert than someone who’s just a few steps ahead of you.
But there’s another aspect to this “curse.”
Because experts understand how nuanced a topic is, they can drown in hypothetical complexities.
In these cases, not knowing much about a topic can be an advantage.
Here’s the story of how Christine Carrillo created a mental health company, without any mental health background.
Question for the Week
What’s your process for approaching new projects to all-but guarantee success?
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Insights in Action
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Until next time—memento mori,
Corey Wilks, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
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