How much your life can change in a year, Seth Godin’s advice on how to be remarkable, and Packy McCormick’s argument on why Web3 can help us make more money and have more fun

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: Your life can completely change in a year

This month marks a full year since I lost my job and dove head-first into entrepreneurship—without any business background.

I got the notice in November, right before my birthday:

In 30 days, I’d be fired.

That meant I had:

  • 3 paychecks of runway
  • $0 in savings
  • $200,000 in student loan debt
  • And zero job prospects

Over the winter holiday, in the middle of a pandemic.

Here’s the story of how getting fired catapulted me into entrepreneurship.


Insight 2: Be remarkable

“Being noticed is not the same as being remarkable. Running down the street naked will get you noticed, but it won’t accomplish much. It’s easy to pull off a stunt, but not useful.”

I love this concept by Seth Godin. To be remarkable means being worth remarking upon.

Here’s a quick article where he goes more in-depth on it:

How to be remarkable

Insight 3: You can have your cake and eat it too

For most of us, there’s a tradeoff between money and fun.

We sacrifice a little fun for more money.

We sacrifice a little less money for more fun.

And no matter how good we get at balancing them, we still hit a ceiling.

We can’t have 10/10 fun and 10/10 money.

Or at least, that’s what the Pareto Frontier says.

In this article, Packy McCormick makes the case that Web3 can help raise the ceiling for both, so we can have more fun while making more money, and make more money while having more fun.

“The long arc of history is bent towards more money and more fun. It’s inevitable.”

Read the full article here:

The Pareto Funtier

Question for the Week

What remarkable thing will you build in 2022?

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