Paul Jun is the Head of Content at CreativeMornings. He's a writer, portrait/editorial photographer, author of Connect the Dots, and co-founder of The Observers—an online publication featuring visionaries in photography, film, and curation. He's the former Community Manager for Seth Godin's altMBA. His essays have appeared on 99u, Fast Company, The Next Web, Business, 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
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.
When you gather and you exclude with purpose, you're not making it personal. And when we start creating a culture where we all gather on purpose and we develop a habit where we're cleaner and clearer about what we want and don't want, now, not forever. Every gathering is temporary.
Start with your need and communicate it to other people, and then exclude people in your life who are not going to help you with that need in that specific moment.
The discerning gatherer understands the difference between routine and ritual. Rituals are powerful when the form continues to match the underlying need or purpose of the gathering.