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
Intent minus flow implies rigidity.
Intent plus flow equals creativity.
Intent is not a catch phrase. . . . If your intent is to 'fail fast' your intent is not to fail, your intent is to learn.
Resolve and resilience are different. Resolve is being determined to do something. Resilience is, while I'm doing something, I might have hardships and I have to push through those.
To design for seniors, we have to be looking in ourselves more. Design to that emotional truth. Design to that timeless you inside of you. You are not your meat suit. You are the vibrant, alive, breathing, loving, engaging, whole, thoughtful, hilarious, joyful you.
Don't design for some mystical, cute, little old neighbor lady because that's the wrong frame. You're designing for a jazz musician, for a college professor, an airline pilot, for a soccer coach, a navy commander. Because to design, to delight, you need to design for emotional reality, which is the truth of who they are.
Designing for seniors, in a way, is designing for you. Because here's the dirty little secret: you are all getting old.
Designing for seniors is really about designing from your own, deep emotional truth.
As you work on your craft, you learn to develop a certain kind of foresight. . . . I think a true master craftsman will always prepare for any situation that he's in and he'll always know how to maneuver himself.
You start the project by starting the project.
If anxiety feeds itself, so, too, does confidence.
Perfection is the enemy of craft.
Commitment does not have an expiration date. Most people give up when things aren't going according to their timeframe, but you must not allow the time that it takes to happen to dictate how much or how long you are willing to give.
Many of us believe that we have the right to give people dignity—that's a lie. The only thing that we could do with people is affirm the dignity that is inherit already on the inside of them.
In order to fulfill what it is that you're called or purpose or destined to do, you have to literally marry your ideas and divorce your past.
I learned that commitment severs all ties with options of compromise and grows your leadership.
You gotta keep your vision solid but your plans fluid.
Accumulators live their entire lives looking to amass a bunch of stuff. . . . Distributors see themselves as channels of goodness in this world and they commit themselves to a life of generosity.
There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in something, you only do it when it's convenient. But when you're committed to something, you'll do it because it's necessary. It's a vital aspect to your life.
Commitment is born out of survival.