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
The creative work life requires faith—faith in our craft, faith in the process, and the most challenging of all, faith in ourselves.
It's almost like ideas seem to taunt us with their absence when we need them most.
Simran Thadani The Magic of Books
Books are marks on black paper and printed or handmade books are, in a sense, the essence of civilization because they have given us a tangible way to communicate with each other.
Transparency is being seen through; it's also being understood. If you can create a pane of glass that people can cast a light through and there are no shadows, that's transparency.
I spent two years writing poems that were the opposite of transparency. I wanted so badly to tell somebody something that would uplift them or make them feel good or make them feel better or inspire them in some way, and all I was doing was being a phony.
Benjamin Brindise On Being Understood
The reason I opened with that poem was because that was the first time, as a writer, that I was being honest. It was the first time that I actually felt myself come out of a poem.
Debbie Millman The Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated College
Jennifer Daniel Design Is Capitalism
What I learned about conflict is that it's mostly about a mindset, and explicitly practicing conflict actually makes it bearable, and embracing it allowed me to take control of it.
Rochelle King Spotify
Inserting conflict into these conversations and inserting these different opinions about what is right into a conversation can be more about learning as much as possible rather than motivated by winning the argument.
When you're designing to learn, it's important to present your customers with as many differentiated or opposing solutions as possible. The more clear those differences are, the stronger a response and a clearer response you can actually elicit from your customers.
Seeking out feedback from people is a sign of respect. You wouldn't want to hear what your enemy had to say unless you at least respected their opinion on some level.
Being comfortable with debate is actually one of the best ways that you can start to vet the strengths and weaknesses of your own ideas.
Once you know what you're fighting for, it's really important that you are able to express it well.
Agitating the creative process with a bit of thoughtful and conscientious conflict is actually very, very beneficial and it facilitates and encourages richer conversations to happen, not just with your peers, but with yourself.
I've been working at Netflix and Spotify where data is really embraced. And sometimes data and design are seen as opposing forces, things that are different from each other. But what I've actually found working at the intersection of these two worlds has actually helped to push my creative process forward.
When I became a manager, I came to find that engaging in conflict would have to become a natural part of my job and necessary.