This week we sat down with yoga instructor, actor, vlogger, and motivational speaker, Seth Mohan! Seth currently lives in Toronto with his wife. In his free time he loves to travel and immerse himself in new cultures. We wanted to find out a little more about Seth’s successes and how he each day towards self-improvement.
1. Kama: Hi Seth! We’re thrilled to have you here. You have a great YouTube channel where you motivate others to be the best they can be and constantly self-improve, why did you decide to start this?
Seth: Thank you, around the time I was in college, so 10 years ago, I looked at who I was in a very critical manner. I was not happy with what I saw. I had a vision of who I wanted to be, and I knew at that moment I was light years away from that vision.
So I did a SWOT Analysis. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) and I set goals for the year accordingly. I started devouring books in the self-help genre, and started to apply the things I was reading. As a result I started to move closer to my vision. Along the way I learned lots of tips and tricks that made me better.
I started to share these success strategies with my friends and family; and after some time they started to see the benefits of what they applied. As this happened more and more, I was encouraged to find a platform where I can share my learnings.
So I did another SWOT analysis and realized that I’m not adept at using computers (crazy, I know). So I decided to make and edit my videos, which would force me to learn those skills, and also allow others to learn simple and actionable strategies to improve their lives dramatically.
There is another component to The Kaizen Projekt; there are certain skills that I’m working on – guitar, typing, certain fitness moves like handstand, pistol squats and planche. So I will also be sharing progress reports throughout the year so people can see how I apply Kaizen in my own life.
2. Kama: Your project is called The Kaizen Project, what is the meaning of Kaizen and why did you choose this name?
Seth: Kaizen is Japanese for continual self-improvement; of looking at long term goals and breaking them down into small daily actionable steps. That has been the guiding principle of my adult life. I first came across the term in 2008 when I read Robin Sharma’s books on Leadership.
When it came time to finding a name for my endeavor, Kaizen Projekt was apt as it encompassed all that I stood for – Looking at life as a journey of self-improvement, which over time leads to Self-Actualization.
3. Kama: It appears as though you’re active and fit, what’s your favorite kind of exercise?
Seth: I teach yoga so that’s definitely up there. For my workouts I keep switching it up. Currently I’m doing a lot of calisthenics and body weight type stuff. I love swimming, lifting weights as well. I try and keep challenging my body constantly.
Recently, I discovered Aqua Yoga; where I sink down to the pool floor and do yoga poses submerged underwater, as I found I had to activate different muscles and really control the breath.
In the summer time, I take my workouts outside- so lot of playground bars, hiking and running.
4. Kama: What motivates you the most and keeps you going every day?
Seth: Great question, I am motivated by the desire to be the best that I can be. I try and not compare myself to my peers, which can be difficult with social media, I try and compete with myself as much as possible. I aim to be better every day in every way, and that’s what keeps me going.
5. Kama: If we make one positive change in our life today, what should that change be?
Seth: Breathe deeply and with mindfulness.
6. Kama: What are your favorite things to do in your free time? Where could we find you on a typical Saturday night?
Seth: In my free time I love reading, drinking coffee, making cocktails, being outdoors, and watching movies.
On a typical Saturday night you can find me cooking a delicious meal at home, or going out to new restaurants with friends and family.
7. Kama: It looks like you’ve traveled quite a bit, what’s your favorite place that you’ve been?
Seth: Maldives, for its pristine beauty.
8. Kama: Can you give us a brief overview as to what self-improvement looks like and why/how we should make changes in our lives?
Seth: Self-improvement is not meant to make you feel inadequate; because you are taking proactive action to be better. And no matter where you are, there is always something that you can improve; that’s part of our evolution.
I recommend starting small. Start by making your bed soon as you wake up; as that will start the day with proactive action. When you come back to a bed that is made, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, no matter how small it may seem.
I encourage going for small wins that make you feel confident and motivated to make bigger changes.
9. Kama: Who do you look up to the most?
Seth: Farhan Akhtar, he is a man of many talents, and I admire his wit and courage to take risks.
Tim Ferriss, for giving the masses access to the mindsets and strategies of the top people in the world through his podcast.
Seth: In 2012 I moved to Mumbai, where I’d never been before and didn’t know anyone, and ended up living there for 2 years. I live for experiences like that because they force you to step out of your comfort zone.
That is really the key for me; to forever live outside my comfort zone. The reason for that is when you step out of your comfort zone, your comfort zone gets bigger, so now you’re comfortable in a situation where you previously would have been uncomfortable.
If you look at the some of the most successful people, they are unruffled in tense situations. That’s not because of genetics, they have simply trained themselves to be calm by constantly stepping out of their comfort zones.
Not a lot of people know this, but I got a chance to be a contestant on Survivor India back in 2011. I was fortunate to travel to the Philippines, and endure harsh weather and living conditions for 45 days living on an island.
Living on the island among other contestants taught me a lot. It taught me the value of experience over materialism; I did not own anything on that island, yet I was happier than ever because of the amazing experience.
I learned the value of being useful; I was one of the most useful people in my tribe because of the diverse skills I had gained over my life, which made me indispensable.
I learned the value of being humble; I saw that the people who boasted about their strengths were soon ousted from the tribe. Here, I learned the value of making others feel special and listening to them, as opposed to projecting my own glory on to others.
I learned the value of leading from behind; of doing things because they are the right things to do; regardless of whether someone is watching or not.
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. Your mission to connect people is one that I whole-heartedly support; in love I found true bliss. In my partner, I found the perfect complement, the yin to my yang.
Check out Seth’s channel here!