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
Isn't it ironic that the thing that helps us work and connect with people is the thing that distracts us and focus.
I wonder if we're losing our ability to create and be creative because we're stuck in this technology chaos.
Technology, unfortunately, is like a double-edged sword; it has both the power to enhance our lives and also to destroy it.
What is craft? It feels like something that should be straightforward. But what I'm beginning to learn is that craft is actually a very complex idea.
Everyone has a craft story.
I realized those failed knitting projects are not failed knitting projects.
Craft is much more than a way to make an object. It is much more than a way to brand a product. It is even much more than a process.
I believe who we are is way deeper than what we do.
In a culture that elevates what we do and the value of the individual, we struggle to see beyond just ourselves. We struggle to see the bigger picture of who we are.
We have to ask ourselves: am I just consuming life, or am I actually cultivating life? Am I bringing life to my neighborhood, to my community, to my city—or am I just consuming it?
What community demands is the best of you.
We are not designed to be alone—we are designed to be connected.
We’re put on this earth to be connected to each other.
Be kind to strangers. Make eye contact with people. Say hello to people. Engage with them.
Our actions tend to have a ripple effect. Even a small act of kindness might mean more to someone than you can possibly even imagine.
Start looking at everything you own through a very rigorous lens. Does it help you achieve your goals or does it hold you back?
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.
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?
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.