Writer/reader/photographer. Editor of Motivated Mastery. Content Manager @ CreativeMornings HQ. Former Community Manager for Seth Godin's altMBA. Contributor to 99u. Author of Connect the Dots. 'Boom' aficionado.
Creativity, self-education, writing, reading, learning, sports, making tough decisions, thinking clearly, adapting, fitness, snowboarding, sports, and asking good questions
Design, Photoshop, Illustrator, coding, personal finance
"The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life." — Seneca
Seth Godin, Maria Popova, Martha Graham, Temple Grandin, Robert Greene, Steven Pressfield
Where something is, but not the street name.
Asking good questions and becoming curious
Paul’s CreativeMornings activity
Nowadays you buy a digital camera and you say, "Oh, I'm a photographer." That's not the way it works. The way it works is becoming a photographer, it's your own skills, not the camera, because everybody can learn the manual.
The language of life. The person who knows how to write and actually read this language will have the ability to change lives forever.
At the time I understood words to be about shock and power and trying to use taboo to my advantage. I wasn't authentic to how I communicated, who I actually am as an artist or a person. And I grew into my authentic creative voice.
This poem is my newer attempt at finding language for anger and also allowing myself to explore what I once thought of as taboo, or what I once perhaps used as a weapon, and now I'm using with more thoughtfulness.
It took me a long time to feel ready to give myself permission again to write angry poems. . . . I have a lot more reasons to be angry than I used to. When I was a kid I had to drum up that anger, and unfortunately these days, I don't have to drum it up quickly; it's there.
What you think of as being edgy or taboo can change pretty dramatically and quickly, but also, what feels true is often something that outlasts where it is in the moment, or it may be true again at another time.
Chase Jarvis From Ansel Adams to Macklemore: Grit, Guts, Gumption and the Art of More
My Maker moral code would help me navigate this idea of questions of yes or no, what was right and wrong, for me.
Alternative facts didn't just suddenly appear. . . . I live in a world where there's been lies told all of my life.
I am not the result of an all-white father or an all-black mother, which is the common idea. I am the result of a great American horror story and a great American love story.
Being blonde and black is a sort of metaphor for my story.
Our ambition was not to win Michelin stars; it was to change the system, to change the current paradigm, and we figured out that we could not do that alone. . . . We had to unbolt and engage the most important stakeholders on the scene of food culture into our agenda.
Not only was the food culture of my childhood unsustainable, it was also undelicious. The sad thing is that my mother's and father's generation didn't have the bandwidth to capture the scope of their losses.
The philosophy so successfully communicated by these fine people—those priests and doctors—was that if you want to live a long and healthy life on earth, and avoid going to hell, what you have to do is eat something of inferior taste and get it over with in a hurry.
For centuries in Denmark—and also in Sweden and Norway—the idea of preparing wonderful meals for your loved ones was considered a sin, aligned with theft, abuse of alcohol, exaggerated dancing, incest and masturbation.
We have to go into a place of mystery for what we do to matter. No mystery, no possibility.
If there are no stakes, there is no genuine possibility in what you're creating. Because the only way for there to be no stakes is if it's already been done.
For us to do great work in the world, for us to create on the level where it matters—and if there are no stakes it does not matter—so there have to be stakes because we want to create something that matters.
Joël Vegt Mixing fantasy and reality in photography
If you think you're a failure, I've got some good news for you: you might be a success by standards you haven't yet honored.