Writer/reader/photographer. Editor of Motivated Mastery. Marketing consultant for +Acumen. Former Community Manager for Seth Godin's altMBA and 6x coach. Author of Connect the Dots. 'Boom' aficionado. My essays have appeared on Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Business Insider, Inc. and more.
Creativity, content marketing strategy, community building, writing a book, self-education, writing, reading, learning, sports, making tough decisions, thinking clearly, adapting, fitness, snowboarding, 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, Steven Pressfield, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, Anne Lamott, Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus.
Where something is, but not the street name.
Asking good questions and becoming curious
Paul’s CreativeMornings activity
If you have a day job, keep it. Don't quit your day job, don't jump into it because having that time allows you to nurture and develop your craft to what you want it to be—to not conform to a commercialism for 'is this going to make me money?'
If you have a day job and have this creative outlet, don't rush to milk it. Don't rush to cash in on it. Let it come, let it happen. There's a bigger power in saying no sometimes than saying yes to everything.
I never set out to make photography a career. I never set out to say, 'Ok this is a thing I'm doing, people are telling me I'm pretty good at it... how do I make money with this now?' I never did that because I think it's very important when you do discover that thing you love in life, don't take for it granted.
I think everyone in this room probably has something that they love doing, regardless of anything. It's really a trip when you think about how many people in life do not discover one thing that brings the same kind of feeling that we all get in this room from what we do.
I saw a lot of similarities with photography for myself in a sense that you go outside your house, you bring your camera the same way I bring my skateboard. I interpret the world as I choose to, the way you can through your lens of a camera.
If I focus on what makes me happy that's going to be a ripple effect for everything else in life.
Sometimes you do things based on merits or based on how much money am I gonna make, is this cool, is this gonna be socially acceptable . . . there's a lot of variables, but looking back I was doing this because I was just so happy to be able to walk out of my door and skate everyday.
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Tim Allen Inclusive design uses diversity to guide innovation
I believe that human adaptation is a form of genius.
What made me unique was on the outside—my skin color, texture of my hair, my height even at that time. My dad taught me that being unique is like having a special telescope that allows you to see the world in a unique way. The trick is to use that telescope to see what's special in other people as well.
Genius is really a reflection of our own achievement or our will to want to achieve more.
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We live in a society that deems the feminine as a negative—don't be a pussy, stop being a bitch, to be female is to be weak. I was told yesterday that I had balls because of the way that I run our company—a male attribute assigned to my strengths and successfully coding three businesses. Men in business, please understand that this practice is bullshit; it's hurtful, demeaning, and it's not me being a whiny bitch by saying it.
It was the best experience that ever could have happened to us because it was the worst experience that could have happened to us. We needed it to happen because we needed to be humbled.
We live with the repercussions of just existing with the melanin in our skin, so just speak the truth.
I threw myself into a totally new role at the age of 40 was, to say the least, very humbling. All of a sudden I had to find myself asking for help, saying I didn't know how to do things, and crying a lot.
When you go through adversity, you shouldn't pity the life you have; you should respect it and don't question it.
Just because I'm different from me doesn't mean that I owe you an explanation for my difference.
I used art as an escape.