Navigating challenges of success, developing superpowers, and something spooky

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: Challenges evolve

It’s easy to think once you reach a certain level of success or net worth that your life becomes easy. But as you rise through the ranks of success, your challenges don’t go away—they evolve.

Ali Abdaal is a Cambridge-educated physician who has a YouTube channel with over 2 million subscribers and is the creator of the Part-Time YouTuber Academy, which has generated millions in revenue in its first year.

He recently released a video detailing his search for what direction to take his life and business next to fulfill him and bring value to his audience.

Ali is one of the most caring, genuine, and benevolent people I’ve seen online.

And since I’m passionate about helping entrepreneurs like him flourish by aligning their life and business with their core value, I wrote an article to help him (and you) tackle eight challenges to build a fulfilling life and business.

Read on for a peek behind the curtain of how I help innovators build meaningful, purpose-driven businesses that fulfill them.

Helping Ali Abdaal Overcome 8 Challenges to Creating a Fulfilling Life and Business

Insight 2: Perseverance is a superpower

Mr. Beast currently has 72.5 million subscribers on his main channel and over 126 million total subscribers across all his branded YouTube channels.

He’s 23 years old.

Now, his videos average 10s of millions of views each.

It’s easy to say, “Must be nice to be that successful,” when we see someone like him.

But what we don’t see is the 6 years he spent toiling away in obscurity. The thousands of videos he created that got virtually no views. When it took him months to save up to get a microphone because he was making less than a dollar a day.

If perseverance is a superpower, Mr. Beast is a superhero.

And in a world where negativity and outrage dominate media, he focuses on creating positive, uplifting content.

If you want a behind-the-scenes interview with how Mr. Beast used his superpower to reach superstardom, check out the video here.

(Spooky) Insight 3: A Spirit will haunt abandoned stores

Happy Halloween!

Here’s a fun thread about how Spirit Halloween has cemented itself as a behemoth in the seasonal retail space, aka how Spirit has created a niche of haunting dead retail stores.

Question for the Week

What is the scariest challenge you’re facing this week?

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