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
It's so important to take ourselves out of our box and to start testing theories, especially in situations that we're not used to.
Sometimes, you really need to go off the grid.
If you find pieces of wonderful things, put them close to you, so they can give you ideas, so they can start feeding you in every moment in your workspace.
You need to carve out time to think. I schedule an hour a day, turn off the phone, put your computer on airplane mode, and just be curious. What can you wonder about?
Curiosity is a muscle.
Curiosity is also about ideation, investigation, even if it means scrolling through Facebook at 4 am.
My job is compassion.
I know in design we talk a lot about speck work and free work. I think this is the time to work for free, to spend our time instead of writing that think piece on Medium about why we're pissed off about Dropbox's rebrand.
At the end of the day, design is about solving problems and it's about solving the right problems.
Jon Setzen Founder, CreativeMornings/Los Angeles
You need to trust the people that you work with.
If you're sitting in a war room covered in Post-its and pictures and things like that, get up and walk out. . . . Get lost in nature. I know it sounds crazy but it works.
You have to understand how to relate to your audience, what their struggles or their successes are. And if you can't relate or if you don't care it's not the right project for you.
If you have customer support in your organization, become really good friends with them. They have all the answers.
We have to passionately care about the work we're doing. Don't take a job if you don't care about the project.
By the way, hosting is better than speaking.
Be confident in your abilities. Live fearless. Find your happy place. Bring cookies.
The future should not be self-driving. I think the best way we can put these fears and anxieties aside is to take the driver seat. Be intentional about this; be kind to one another.
This old song that if you're free you're not the customer, you're the product. It's quickly becoming this: You are the training data. By using this system, you are giving up information to some purpose that you may not be completely aware of.
We need to get people on our teams that reflect the broader community.