Living in the arena, a quick dive into Tiago Forte’s success, and the invisible force that keeps getting in your way

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: Live in the arena

I hear so many people talk about all the things they want to do, but are too afraid to try.

Since last year, I’ve been running my own business—without any business background.

It’s been terrifying.

I just haven’t let fear stop me.

This video dives into what inspires me to keep pushing myself and putting out content.

If you’re curious, or need a nudge to stop letting fear control you, give it a watch.

Insight 2: A peak inside Tiago Forte’s success

Most of us know something we could turn into an online course, but only a small percentage of us will take action to make it a reality.

In this clip, Noah Kagan interviews Tiago Forte about his rise to success. Tiago is the founder of Forte Labs and is known for his flagship productivity course Building a Second Brain, and leveraged his course into a major book deal based around his BASB framework.

A key part of his early success was putting his first course on a website originally made for designers (Skillshare). Since his was the only productivity course on the platform, and “creatives” are notoriously bad at staying structured, people flocked to his course to learn foundational productivity skills to become better creators.

Skillshare even ran ads on his course because people who took it were more more successful in future courses and remained customers longer.

The rest of the clip charts his journey of moving to a platform he owned, his approach to branding, creating high-ticket courses, and advice on how to become a better teacher and online course creator.

Insight 3: Friction is everywhere

Anytime we start a new venture—an exercise habit, developing a new product or service, whatever—many of us hesitate, at least at first.

Michael Sklar, a serial entrepreneur in the tech space, recently wrote an article about this phenomenon.

He calls it, Invisible Friction, and it shows up everywhere in our daily lives.

If you want to get better at identifying and understand how it could be stopping you from making progress on meaningful work, check out his article here.

Question for the Week

What is something you’ve been wanting to do or create, but have let fear or uncertainty get in your way?

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

Certified Professional Coach