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
Be kind to strangers. Make eye contact with people. Say hello to people. Engage with them.
Our actions tend to have a ripple effect. Even a small act of kindness might mean more to someone than you can possibly even imagine.
Start looking at everything you own through a very rigorous lens. Does it help you achieve your goals or does it hold you back?
A modern-day pioneer is somebody who has the courage to do something different, somebody who has the vulnerability to be wrong, and to fail.
We can either bend our morals to fit our actions, or our actions can be informed by what we say we value.
Kathryn Flynn Living Life with Intention
What would it look like to think proactively one step ahead? Taking all of the dreams and visions that you have in your head of the future in a blueprint and actually laying them out, and getting a game plan?
Christopher Axe Helping Hanoi's Homeless
Being comfortable is one of the worst things you can do for yourself because it's not until you're uncomfortable that you become comfortable with yourself.
I was trying to relate or to belong to a particular community and I wanted to share all these different things, but I didn't know exactly what it is I wanted to share. I didn't know who I was, I didn't know what my interests or goals were. It was extremely hard to connect with people because I didn't know what I wanted to connect with.
It's important to understand that while we're building our communities, we really have to do everything we can to support it.
If one of us succeeds, then all of us succeed.
Community doesn't start with finding people that you can share these experiences it. Community starts with finding yourself.
Typography can be very expressive but also it should work with the photography and compete against it.
The act of turning a page is revealing something unknown. And if you can play with the reader's anticipation and feed into it, then you're making it an interactive experience that's also memorable.
I realized what I see today is not solely my own. It's a culmination of everyone I've shown my work to for criticism.
It occurred to me that learning to see critically, the way my colleagues did, was teaching me the value of perspective. Everyone had something different to offer.
When we come together with our power, our resilience, and our resistance, that we are a force.
The foundation of activism, I believe, is love. I believe it is hope. I believe it is sacred and ancestral. It is radical visions of liberation that are more spiritual than anything of this place.
Being in the community is how I survived.