Paul Sahre: Life is Beyond Your Control
Paul is the owner at Office of Paul Sahre (O.O.P.S). Talk about a straight shooter. We dug deep and got Paul's perspective on life during CAMP Festival 2017. He told us that life is turbulent and even when we try, we really aren't pulling the strings. Keep reading:
"You have to be flexible and be able to bend.” —Paul Sahre
Paul Sahre might be a designer, but he does not design his life. In fact, he thinks that concept—that you can plan out precisely how your life will unfold and every single step along the way—is overrated. And it might not even be possible. Right now, Paul’s life is just about hanging on with two eight-year-olds.
Was he born Zen?
Paul is a former control freak turned go-with-the-flow guy. He once wasted a lot of energy trying to manipulate things, people and situations. Designers think they have control over more things than they actually do, he says. In design school, everything is very structured and the real world has other plans.
He doesn’t make conscious career choices or life choices, but he does have a guiding code:
Keep it small.
You can apply this in a bunch of different personal and professional situations. Low overhead gives you more creative freedom. Your failures don’t ripple as widely, and you need some failures to find yourself success.
Situations are temporary.
Paul’s been forced into reaction mode a lot lately. He just holds on, realizing that difficult moments will pass. He finds time to do what he needs to decompress. For him, that means carving out time in his schedule every week to go surfing.
You'll definitely want to check out Paul's book: Two-Dimensional Man: A Graphic Memoir
Psst. There are two big creative careers in Paul’s household. Read more wise words from his wife: Emily Oberman.