Common course creator mistakes, Ryan Holiday on autonomy, and productivity with Ness Labs

Building Blocks: Actionable insights to build an Intentional Life

Hey everybody,

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: Avoid common mistakes course creators make

More and more entrepreneurs are creating their own courses.

Self-paced are great because you can “build once, sell twice.”

But they have a super low completion rate, so people are increasingly turning to live (or cohort-based) courses to gain new skills and connect with a supportive community.

If you’re thinking about creating your own live course, or just want some tips to improve yours, listen up.

The 7 most common mistakes I see course creators make are:

1. Confusing lecturing for learning.
2. Relying on slides.
3. Stroking your own ego.
4. Ignoring how taxing live courses are.
5. Not approaching it from a coaching perspective.
6. Overcomplicating your tech stack.
7. Trying to “force” community.

Check out the thread below for more details on how to avoid them:

Insight 2: Autonomy is everything

Fame, fortune, and freedom.

These make up the traditional definition of success.

But according to Ryan Holiday, most people spend so much time focused on getting fame and fortune, they sacrifice freedom.

You’d think that being a millionaire or being a celebrity or being the CEO would be empowering. If done right, perhaps it is. But the reality is that most of the time it is inherently disempowering. How is that possible, you might ask?

Holiday found this out first-hand after he became a successful writer:

One of the very interesting things about becoming a writer—a job which is a calling and a craft—is that the more success you have at it, the less time you actually have to write.

Suddenly, people want you to speak. They want you to be on social media. They want you to consult. You have all sorts of decisions to make about covers and titles and foreign publishing deals. You have gratifying emails from fans, from people who want your advice, but all of that–to read it, to respond to it—takes time.

Today, Holidy defines success differently.

He optimizes for freedom and fulfillment over fame and fortune by constantly asking himself:

Do I have autonomy over what I do and think? Am I free?

Insight 3: Improve your productivity with TEA

No, this isn’t a sponsored ad.

TEA stands for time, energy, and attention—the pillars of productivity.

In this article, Anne-Laure Le Cunff of Ness Labs walks you through how to be more intentional with how you invest your TEA, so you can actually be more productive instead of just creating complicated productivity systems.

Question for the Week

How are you overcomplicating things in your life or business?

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Until next time—memento mori,

Corey Wilks, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Executive Coach


Course: Intentional Life Design