We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Sun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is everything to me. My thought is we have one life to live here on this earth. I can’t allow my doubts and fears to dictate my outcome. My motto has always been if something really scares or worries you, you should probably do it. When we confront our deepest fears we may fail but we will always learn and grow from them. Allowing you to be a much broader, deeper, big-hearted person. And the bigger heart you have the larger capacity you have to give and to also endure future hardships of life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
The name of my company really captures my creativity. It’s finding the art in function. Let’s face it, there are plenty of beautiful art pieces in the world that undeniably deserve our reverence. However, that’s all they provide is beauty, aesthetic, the pure bliss from gazing on the piece. I have always had an affinity towards functionality/engineering. The beauty of making something work, do a job, an object with a function. Anytime I came upon something that did a job but also looked beautiful, where you saw the finger prints of it’s creator all throughout the design and craft, that brought me a euphoric bliss. I hope to communicate that same feeling with my work. Like every other self-help book preaches, it’s all about getting started. I simply made something with the tools that I had, shared it, and it blossomed from there. Of course there was a lot of hard work involved but along the way. I had friends who help boost me along the way. Nothing is ever easy. The hardest part is getting started. We are constantly bombarded by other’s success and can’t help but ask ourselves “How come I’m not there?” Naturally, we then get discouraged and don’t even start. That’s not a legitimate nor fair comparison. We are seeing the result of everyone else’s hard work and wondering why we are not immediately zapped to their level. That’s a lesson I had to learn. To tell myself to just start and take each day as it comes. A seed doesn’t blossom over night, it grows day by day. And each day we water it, nurture, a few leaves blossom, and a few may wither away, but we keep feeding it and one day, hopefully, we can witness it blossom.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Prior to Covid I would have created a giant list of bars and restaurants ( I love to eat). Being Korean I may be biased but I love Koreatown. You can’t beat the food. Following closely behind would have to be street tacos. But we would go late at night after hitting up a few bars. There are a lot of trendy taco spots, but to be honest there are so many amazing Mexican cooks out there, you’d be hard pressed to find a ‘bad’ taco.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
AOF Design would never have come about if it wasn’t for the support and faith of my wife. She was the one to encourage my creativity. She was the one who recognized the joy that came with me creating objects in my garage. And finally, it was her who pushed me to share my creations with the world. I have many reasons not to be confident in what I am doing, but she believed that I have something worth sharing. Her confidence was the fuel that officially brought AOF Design to life.