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
Accumulators live their entire lives looking to amass a bunch of stuff. . . . Distributors see themselves as channels of goodness in this world and they commit themselves to a life of generosity.
There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you only do it when it's convenient. But when you're committed to something, you'll do it because it's necessary. It's a vital aspect to your life.
Commitment is born out of survival.
For the very first time, I heard that I could be a leader and it was from somebody who was also broken, looked down upon, and marginalized. I learned something; I had to do something.
Terence Lester Terence Lester
We creative types are fed a lie and that is we should be paid less because we get to do what we love. . . . I'd argue that we should get paid more because we have the guts to do what we love.
Your dream job is not your dream job if it doesn't pay you what you're worth.
Quality is the goal of all craftsman.
In order to be a successful artist, you must master your craft.
Success is not money and money is not success.
Yewande Austin Courage
If I show up, if I go first, if I allow myself to be vulnerable, I allow others to connect to me in that state. I allow them to approach me. And that's how we build connection.
What I realized is that we all want to belong. Even when I'm feeling so vulnerable in my moments, I just drop down and trust that everybody else wants to belong too.
Be the kind of person that makes others believe in what is possible.
I realized I am not my context. I can always leave it on the train. . . . I can leave what I don't want. Everything is a choice. I do not believe there is such a thing as, 'That's just the way I am.'
For some of us, starting small is getting out of bed today. If that's your start small, then celebrate it.
Send one scary email today. A scary email is sending an email to someone who has no reason to say yes to what I'm asking or who will certainly reject me. If you got one, send it. Start and start small.
It's not about making something, it's about being prepared when it does.
You can be committed to something, but you still have to love what you do.
If you're committed, you never know where the opportunity might come from.