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  • Writer's pictureXander Turian

To strive for continuous improvement and development

Updated: Jun 21, 2019

Throughout the journey in my life I have worked under the tutelage of several amazing teachers, coaches and mentors, attended workshops, master classes, read hundreds of books, listened to audio programs, watched countless documentaries, films and video training courses, enrolled in Music business school, Theatre and Drama School as well as Film School.

All of these things add up to my very eclectic and ever growing pallet of knowledge which I use to give back to those who have asked for my guidance and who want to learn from my experiences.

In 2014 I signed my first client and began my management career and in 2015 I taught my first class on how to develop a career as a band or musical artist.

In 2016 I Produced my first feature film SARGAD and Directed my first Short the following spring, Rotten Love, you can read about the experience on that particular project here.

In the fall of 2018 I founded The Global Acting Studio.

My personal mission in life is to inspire and help others to achieve their fullest potential and become their true selves by constantly growing, improving myself and leading by example.

In this section of my blog I will share Exercises and career tips that I have learned and that I teach in my workshops and seminars and that I actively work on in my own life.

The first thing I would like to share with you is a philosophy which has stayed with me since my first discovery of its meaning in 2011. It is the philosophy of continuous improvement, in all areas of life, our own lives in the form of self-exploration and growth as well as the ripple effect and direct impact we have in the improvement of the world and those around us.

The philosophy has its roots in the Japanese word “kaizen” which directly translated means “change for better”. The word in itself is not a philosophy but has been applied in business as a way to promote continuous improvement in all areas of a company with Toyota spearheading the movement which has become common practice in the corporate world. I believe that the cycle of kaizen activity implemented in the early 20’s,

[Plan -> Do -> Check -> Act]

also known as the Shewhart cycle, is something that we can all implement in our everyday lives as a way of efficiently making sure that our activities are leading us towards our goals and higher purpose.

For me Kaizen has a more spiritual meaning that transcends the act of efficiency management in the search of greater monetary results, although these are not negative in anyway, they are just that, results and not goals in on themselves. Money is nothing without purpose – but with purpose it is an incredible tool and should be viewed as such. The quote is not “The root of all evil is Money” – But rather “The LOVE of Money is the root of all evil”. If you connect your goals to your higher purpose, and constantly ask yourself “are my goals connected to my WHY?” (More on this another time), then any monetary gains are a welcome by-product, a result of the activities you chose to do, which can then be reinvested in increasing and maximising your efforts and your reach thus allowing you to achieve greater results and so on.

"A drop of knowledge each day will lead to an ocean of wisdom by lives end."

This is how I explain the concept of Kaizen in my workshops and when I do coaching sessions. Simply put, if you read and learn something new each day, you apply a new technique or practice every week, you implement what you learn into your daily routines, you attend classes and seminars and utilise the things you are taught and then pass them on to others you will compound your learning and your impact so that by the time you lay on your death bed you will have accumulated a life time of experience and knowledge.

Some days you may attend a workshop and have a whole river flowing, some days you will read or hear something that gives you a bucket full of new perception. But even on days when it is just a drop, you have still achieved and grown and ultimately it is the journey that is the destination.

Kaizen is a powerful tool and motivator in my life and that is why in 2012, when I decided to get my life together and got sober, I tattooed the Japanese symbols into my arm to constantly remind me to continue my journey of self-improvement, exploration and growth for the rest of my life.

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