Front-loading value, pushing past fear, and how to stop thinking too small

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: Front-load value

I’m building a cohort-based course around the frameworks I use to help private coaching clients achieve incredible results.

But with the rise in popularity of CBCs, how do you know which ones are right for you?

And if you’re creating a CBC, how do you attract the right students?

My latest experiment is writing 30 threads in 30 days where I’ll be sharing sneak peeks into some of the concepts I’m planning to cover in the course.

By front-loading value, I hope to generate interest in the course and attract the right audience of entrepreneurs who want to do work that matters and are willing to help build a tight-knit, highly-engaged community.

I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

If you want to stay in the loop, here’s where I’ll be adding all the threads:

And if you want to join the beta cohort launch waitlist, here it is. Members of the beta cohort will have a heavy influence on course structure and content, so check it out if you want in early.

Insight 2: Push past fear

Sharing your wins is easy.

Sharing your challenges and insecurities—not so much.

As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to be a control freak. Even if it means becoming the bottleneck for your business.

Most of us hold onto control because we’re afraid of what’ll happen if we let go.

Then life smacks you in the face like it did Tim Stodz:

I was right in the middle of solving these problems when my eardrum exploded. I was completely incapacitated and I couldn’t be there to help my team. That entire week was difficult, because we were truly uncovering some breaks in our system that needed to be fixed right away, but there was nothing I could do and I was the only one who could fix them.

Here’s the story of how infection-fueled nightmares during a month-long Miami Beach vacation lead him to rethink everything about his business.

Insight 3: You’re thinking too small

Entrepreneurs don’t just change the world—they build a better one. By doing work that matters, entrepreneurs actively shape reality and tap into the potential the future holds.

So our capacity to advance as a civilization depends on how big you as an entrepreneur are willing to think.

Spoiler Alert: You can think bigger:

Born in South Africa, Natalie Rens graduated and left home at 16 to study Biomedical Science on the other side of the world and worked to support herself through school before earning scholarships to a Masters and then PhD in Neuroscience.

By 24, she’d reached her goal.

Or so she thought.

Here’s the story of how she realized thinking too small was keeping her from doing work that matters, and how she’s now developing technology to help people survive on Mars.

Question for the Week

How can you think bigger?

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Insights in Action

One of the best ways to clarify your thinking is to write it out.

So if you want to develop your thinking on this question or start applying insights from today’s newsletter, send a tweet to @CoreyWilksPsyD with your thoughts and put #BuildingBlocks at the end so I can find it.

Not ready to “think in public” yet? No problem. You can also reply to this email if you want to share your thoughts with me.

Until next time—memento mori,

Corey Wilks, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Executive Coach


Check out the cohort-based course I’m building here.