Why lone wolves don’t win, exploring the bumpy road to success, and how tiny teams can make a huge impact

Building Blocks: Actionable insights to build an Intentional Life

Hey everybody,

Friday was my birthday. Don’t worry, I’m not going to make a “33 Lessons I’ve Learned” post—ain’t nobody got time for that.

But here are 3 more actionable insights to help you start your week off right.

Let’s get started.

Insight 1: Collaboration beats competition

Earlier this week, I had a group call with other coaches who are creating courses.

We have significant overlap in our niches, so why would we have an open conversation about our struggles and share solutions?

Isn’t it a zero-sum game—if they win, I lose?

When you start a business or start creating content, it’s easy to get caught in the trap of thinking you have to keep everything secret.

But this type of thinking leads to you trying to reinvent the wheel.

A better approach?

Talk to others in your industry, swap experiences and insights. You’ll each go further, faster by collaborating.

Because we shared openly and honestly, we all walked away from the call with:

  1. Clarity we wouldn’t have gained on our own.
  2. A network of supportive peers ready to help.
  3. Ideas for future collaborative projects.

Because even though we target similar niches (entrepreneurs, founders, creators), we approach how we help them very differently.

Stop trying to be a “lone wolf”—even wolves hunt in packs. (Click to Tweet)

Insight 2: Success is a bumpy winding road

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to talk about how almost dying inspired me to overcome fear and pursue fulfillment, why I became a psychologist even though I used to hate psychology, and the bumpy road of becoming an entrepreneur.

So if you want a deep dive into my journey and my thoughts on psychology, therapy, coaching, martial arts, and fulfillment, give it a listen.

Insight 3: Tiny teams can make a huge impact

If you think the only way to succeed in business is through having huge teams and big venture backing, you’re wrong.

In this short essay, Christine Carrillo gives proof that tiny teams can generate huge impact (and revenue) with a combination of staying aligned with their values, leveraging clever automations, and ruthless prioritization.

Check it out if you’re curious.

Question for the Week

Where are you competing when you could be collaborating?

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/