On overcoming perfectionism, the true value of time vs. money, and how to generate endless content ideas

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: Perfectionism is the enemy of progress

What have you been wanting to create, but haven’t because you don’t feel ready?

Spoiler alert: You will never feel ready.

I’m taking Ali Abdaal’s Part-Time YouTuber Academy over the next 6 weeks, and just released my first video.

This is the worst one I will ever make.

And that’s the BEST part.

Stop waiting for perfection.

You can’t iterate until you get feedback.

And you can’t get feedback lurking in the shadows.

Here it is in all its imperfect glory, if you’re curious:

Insight 2: Time is your most valuable resource

It’s easy to think that “9-5ers” are the only ones stuck running on the hamster wheel of life. But many founders and entrepreneurs build businesses that end up being gilded hamster wheels that are even harder to escape.

Because when you chase money to the exclusion of meaning, you end up miserable.

Anthony Pompliano recently escaped his own self-made hamster wheel with a brief letter to his investors.

He said he’d be returning all outside capital at the end of the year.


Because, “Time is ultimately the only thing that matters.”

More and more people are realizing they’d rather spend their time more intentionally—learning, exploring, and being with loved ones—instead of chasing the carrot on a stick that is a few more numbers on their bank account screen.

So how’ve people responded to his decision?

“A number of people wrote me to share that they had made similar decisions over the years and it was the single greatest thing they did in hindsight.”

Here’s Pomp’s parting words to readers:

“Time is precious. Spend it wisely. Focus is a superpower. Enjoy your family. And just do the shit that makes you happy.”

Check out the full article here.

Insight 3: Create an Idea Generation Machine

Creating engaging content is the lifeblood to building a high-affinity audience.

But how do you avoid running out of ideas to talk about?

In this article, Ali Abdaal walks you through three simple frameworks that will help you generate endless ideas, so you can keep creating great content to grow your brand’s reputation and tell your story in a meaningful way.

Question for the Week

What imperfect first step can you take 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

Building https://coreywilkspsyd.com/