The dangers of inherited values, navigating ruts in life and business, and becoming a magnet for success

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: Don’t blindly adopt inherited values

Our values act like a compass, guiding us toward an Intentional Life.

But most of us are carrying around inherited values—not our own.

According to Alex Michael, a former tech sales guy turned acquisition entrepreneur and writer, this often leads to misery:

“If we go through life without actively and intentionally breaking free from our inherited identity to discover our own, our short time on this Earth will be a monumentally shitty experience.

​We’ll always feel a deep, unshakable dissatisfaction. We’ll never reach anything close to our full potential. And we’ll never form the kinds of meaningful relationships that are essential to our well-being.”

So how do you know when you’re following your own values, or everyone else’s?

In this article, Alex dives into the power of identifying and overcoming inherited values. So you can clarify what matters, what you want, and what you’re capable of achieving.

Insight 2: We all hit ruts in life and business

The Creator Economy, and entrepreneurship in general, has a golden sheen of prestige and freedom about it.

Its allure draws us in.

We know it’ll take hard work to succeed, but we feel mentally prepared to enter the arena.

At least, at first.

Michael Ashcroft is an entrepreneur who left a 10-year corporate and consulting career in low carbon energy innovation to “pursue [his] dream of living a self-directed life as a free agent.”

But he’s hit a rut lately…

“I’m scared that the success I’ve had until now was a fluke, and at any moment it all might come crashing down, revealing me to be a fraud worthy of public ridicule…

​I don’t have a boss, but I do have 11.7k Twitter followers, 2673 email subscribers, and 845 students in my course. That’s a lot of people who might witness my faults.”

Few entrepreneurs share the struggles we all face so candidly, so check out Michael’s article if you feel like you’re in your own rut right now.

Insight 3: Become a magnet for success

Sahil Bloom is an investor, entrepreneur, and creator.

In this episode of the Danny Miranda Podcast, Danny dives into:

  • Sahil’s transformation from insecure jock to authentic nerd
  • How he’s amassed a network of highly successful people, including being gym buddies with Tim Cook and getting Condoleeze Rice to be his advisor
  • Cultivating creativity and staying focused

If you want to learn more about his story, and how to increase your own “Luck Surface Area,” check it out.

Question for the Week

What’s one thing you can do for yourself this week?

Think about ways to be more playful, explore your creativity, or decompress.

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Until next time—memento mori,

Corey Wilks, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Executive Coach


Course (Cohort 2 Coming Soon): Intentional Life Design