January 24, 2011

Kaizen


"You can achieve incomparable levels of skill through incomparable spirit and commitment." ~ Michael Jordan

Yesterday, on a conference call with my ScreenwritingU fellows, I learned about various philosophies that are to help me as a writer. And this is when I (re-)learned of this fabulous Japanese philosophy: Kaizen (改善).

It was a breakthrough. The concept is simple--try to improve yourself (or in my case my writing) every day, by just 1%. And by the end of the year, you'll have improved by 365%!

So I've decided to follow the Kaizen way and find a way to improve my writing, every day. Be it conceptualizing, improving my grammar, my descriptions, my dialogues, my characters--anything! But this way, one day, I too will achieve incomparable levels of skill!

Goal #1: Wake up 1 hour early every day and actually get some writing done!


PS: If you're interested in listening to more philosophies that help a screenwriter achieve success, ScreenwritingU will be hosting a class starting January 31, 2011, for free, on facebook and twitter!

3 comments:

  1. Technically, I learned about this technique in Bujinkan first (an awesome martial art, THE martial art, as far as I'm concerned :p ).

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  2. inspired! i'll start preparing for class BEFORE class!

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  3. I'm sure that'll come in handy--glad I could inspire you to it!
    Note in passing, didn't manage to wake up at 5am like intended; could be because I didn't fall asleep till 1.
    First day of Kaizen - fail. :( (but I'll catch up after work!)

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