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Alastair Paulin
Alastair Paulin

Alastair Paulin

Mother Jones Magazine

San Francisco, CA USA

"Experience the world. Do some other doesn't have to be the all end all; it's not the measure of who you are as a person."

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Day In The Life

Managing Editor

I love travel and experiencing the world. I try to create a process that lets everyone do their best work.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    English Language and Literature, General

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Spent six months postgrad as a ski bum in Switzerland.

  • 2.

    Moved to the U.S. with no friends and no connections; painted houses for a year.

  • 3.

    Fell "behind" his peers career-wise but had seen much more of the world.

  • 4.

    Stumbled into a job in investment banking; made a good amount of money but never loved it.

  • 5.

    Took his savings and traveled the world for 18 more months.

  • 6.

    Had always been interested in literature, realized he wanted to work in publishing.

  • 7.

    Saw an opening for the assistant to the publisher of Mother Jones, talked his way into the job.

  • 8.

    Stresses the importance of taking vacations, seeing the world rather than putting all of your time and focus into work.