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
Ricardo Palomares Filmmaker, Consultant, & Keynote Speaker
Choose to expose your wounds in safe spaces. Choose to let the light in. Choose to jump over the obstacle of fear.
Truth is beautiful. Truth requires courage. You have to be courageous to admit the truth and to find the truth and to hear the truth. And to accept the truth. It all requires courage, beyond your body.
Wounds are how the light gets in.
Courage, for me, is coming up here and telling you that I was angry about the way I was raised, but I love my mother. And I think she's fantastic.
I might be good at this, but I am terrified. And I'm not terrified that I'll say the wrong word. I'm not terrified that I'll fall off the stage. I am mostly terrified that I'll do this right and you'll see me.
You have to get sick of your own bullshit. You have to say, 'That hurt. That sucked. That was messed up; I'm mad about it.' And then you can move into a next phase, which really sucks and that phase is, 'What am I gonna do about it?'
What it essentially took was getting sick of my own bullshit. All of these stories I've been telling myself about my physical strength and the importance of it, all of these stories I've been telling myself about what I didn't get to be angry about or sad about, I was sick of it.
Courage is about doing what's hard, what's actually hard.
Courage means so many things to so many different people, and the word changes along the course of your life.
This is my favorite thing to do, is look out at a bunch of people and feel like I'm talking to them all at once. That's why I'm on the Internet!
Ashley C. Ford Wounds Are Where the Light Enters
Courage is seeing the opportunity or being forced to stretch into something else.
Jason Hanasik Show Up As Yourself
Aubry & Kale Walch Activists Trapped In A Business's Body
More important than making decisions is making meaning, is helping everybody make sense out of a complex world. I describe it in rules of thumb as changing the signal-to-noise ratio. We have too much noise—that's content. . . . What we lack is the ability to separate the signal from the noise—and that's what context is all about and ultimately that's what leadership is about.
Fast Company, when we started it, didn't have a founding story, so I made one up. Because the nice thing about stories is they don't absolutely have to be true literally, they have to be true to the spirit of the story you're telling.
Brands are stories that we tell. Brands are promises that we make as business people.
Stories are how we connect with each other and how we make meaning in our lives. They provide context. They provide connections. They provide community.
Rule number 16 says, 'Facts are facts. Stories are how we learn.'