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.
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"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
When I found hip hop, that was it—that was the great love of my life. I knew I couldn't rap or sing. I don't want to dance. I have stage fright all the time. But I knew that I could document hip hop for the artist and for the people who were involved, the fans. I could find the truth, the fact, spread it and mark it down for history.
I was never driven by ambition or financial reward; I don't think you go into hip hop journalism thinking that you're going to then get the hip hop lifestyle. Those two things do not meet.
I never had a clear idea of where I wanted to go, but I think that's actually an advantage.
You don't necessarily set out to be a pioneer, you go out and you get lost.
Being a pioneer sounds like such a romantic term, it sounds like a great achievement, but I think it only exists in hindsight because when you start out pave a way, that's not what you intend to do. You're just running into the dark, solo, no flashlight, no plan.
What also helped me was isolation—the freedom to be odd, ridiculous, unwanted, and resilience.
Any of the tools that I have have been from my parents, and I use them all of the time: work ethics, attention to detail, respect, devotion, books—so many books—and music.
What has helped me get past fear and self-loathing has been to blinded by passion.
Minya Oh Blinded By Passion and Getting Lost
Serendipity is about ease and energy, and it can't come when it's forced, planned, or structured with time.
Sam J Cruz F*ck That, Let's Do it
Gary Mueller Risks, Rewards, + Failure
When were you presented with a choice to enter in to the suffering of another and do something about it? What did you choose?
Casey Gerald Purpose is the New Bottom Line
Create an environment where it's not only safe to fail, but required to fail.
james victore Feck Perfuction
The things that made you weird as a kid make you great today. But only if you put it in your work.
Everything that happened in my life came about through people asking the question and exploring 'what if.' We're in a world right now where we can focus a lot on what is. But I want to challenge you in home, in work, in your communities to really explore 'what if'—what if you took the time to leverage your experience, your opportunity, to make communities in this world healthier and better for all.
If you look at culture as the root for a new framework that provides an opportunity for communities to build an impact policy in ways that create social, educational, economic and environmental impacts that open up opportunities for communities, you're looking at healthier, more robust communities. And artists can play an integral role in that as being catalysts using social capital to leverage and bring folks together.
If culture shapes health and artists shape culture, then culturally shaped communities can have change.