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 Insider, 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
I'm a woman. I had to play the game twice as hard as anyone else to get to the top.
It took three websites and seven years to go from launching my company and leaving the ad industry.
Being aware as a creative of who you are, why you do something, and why people should come work with, is essentially important.
Everything comes back to identity. Who are we? We can't help that.
It's important to respect tradition and to challenge it as well.
I think of entrepreneurs as people that do two things. One, they solve problems creatively; and two, they seize opportunities. That's what I try to do in my role as mayor.
Honesty makes us happier and healthier, even if it means shedding some tears.
We should be tapping into what makes us most vulnerable. We should be tapping in to our emotional honesty and whether that comes through our words or through our tears, that's okay. We can see that as strength.
I work in a space that allows that kind of emotional honesty to happen.
Discover the spaces where honesty thrives for you. Maybe it's a car, maybe it's in nature. Maybe there's a place where you feel safe to be honest.
My relationship with those that I've lost are still continuing to grow with time. And I can see them in different ways.
If we're talking about community, more than anthing with anything, I think that by being genuinely interested it helps to build that. By following your 'ooohs' is the best way to keep having more 'ooohs'.
Whoever you're working with, no matter what they do, or who they are, it's wonderful to be able to work out what they're about and from there you can play, problem solve, explore, and take risks.
I knew from art school that to keep these 'ooohs' coming, you need to learn more about everything.
There are reasons to feel proud to be human. If we can make art about that, if we can focus on those things, if we can just think about it throughout our day, I think it will change us.
There's a lot of things to be worried about these days, but if you focus on trying to create new things, your curiosity can outgrow your fear.
Hope is built into our species. . . . Why can't we use that more?
I feel like what's being lost in this world is the curiosity to find out and the personal intention to try to figure things out on your own.
If you have what you believe is an original, creative, terrific idea but you get timid and wonder what your client might think ... present it anyway.
Creativity thrives when devoid of the borders you build within your own mind.