Paul Jun is the Head of Content at CreativeMornings. He's a writer, portrait/editorial photographer, and author of Connect the Dots. He's the former Community Manager for the altMBA. His essays have appeared on 99u, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and more. Profile pic: Bill Wadman.
Creativity, content marketing strategy, community building, writing a book, self-education, writing, reading, learning, sports, making tough decisions, fitness, snowboarding, and asking good questions.
Design and Photoshop
"The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life." — Seneca
Seth Godin, Maria Popova, Martha Graham, Temple Grandin, Steven Pressfield, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus.
Where something is, but not the street name.
How to set up a digital commonplace book.
Paul’s CreativeMornings activity
Numbness happens when we are shocked too often but forget to take our finger out of the outlet.
When you experience shock, you have two options: 1) Lose faith in humanity and do nothing or 2) Partially lose faith in humanity and create constructive change in order to restore faith.
Laughter unlocks a higher level of brilliance.
When I have to come with ideas, especially when it's in a pinch, I need to create the conditions for creativity.
If something doesn't fit you, you can tailor it fit you better.
Identity is something that can shift, and I started to think about, 'How can I take what makes me me and the things that are my strengths that I do well and with little effort and bring those into the things that are really uncomfortable?'
Refinery29 started as a tiny idea which was to celebrate the independent makers of New York City, the people that were bringing together really unique and diverse communities and celebrating personal style.
It was the culture of New York that inspired the idea behind Refinery29.
We shake it out because play creates trust. We shake it out because it gets us out of our heads and into our bodies. We shake it out because it levels the playing field.
Failure, whether perceived or real, is an opportunity to be uncomfortable and to rebuild.
'You don't have what it takes. What's your Plan B?' I would hear this all the time. And mind you, at Hopkins, I was the only person of color on any floor in an entire building that wasn't there to clean a toilet.
That's serendipity to me. I had to go out and do something that I didn't want to do with one artist, which then turned into something completely different.
Mr Bingo 37 Things I Have Learnt
I don't like the analogy of a crossroads because it suggests that you're definitely going down a path and you have to take some kind of direction. So I prefer this, sort of floating around, on a big empty sheet of paper.
I was bored working as a commercial illustrator so I decided to start working for clients.
Jami Curl Candy Is Magic
Piera Gelardi Courageous Creativity
I meet a lot of people everyday in what I do. Most of those people already placed me in a box—I have blue hair, I'm brown, I'm short, I may not be educated—all these things. But when they ask me one of the most cliche questions in DC, that's when the fun begins.
If you disregard your assumptions about mostly everything and approached your existence more open-minded, that would help you give in and seek out and information to get you on a path.
What if you approach things, in anything, small things, big things, you look at it and consider the process of how something is made?