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Discovering fitness and supporting others on their own physical and mental transformation is Julian Thomas’ mission.

What’s your story?
I was severely depressed and suffered from intense low-self esteem until I discovered fitness. By focusing on transforming my physical body, it led me to seek growth in other areas, such as mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My mission is to now support men in achieving a lasting physical transformation by first focusing on mental elevation.

What excites you most about your industry?
What excites me most about the fitness industry is that it is ready for a massive shift in consciousness. It is ready for a genuine voice to step forward to promote a higher consciousness around what it means to be fit. The time where it revolved completely around egocentric individuals is coming to an end.

What’s your connection to Asia?
My mother was born in Jakarta, Indonesia to mixed parents. Her dad was German-Indonesian and her mum is Dutch-Indonesian. The family moved to Belo Horizonte, Brazil shortly after my mum was born. My mum moved to Toronto when she was in her 20’s, where she met my dad who is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Favourite city in Asia for business and why?
I have not traveled to Asia yet.

What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice I ever received is that my recurring thought and emotional patterns create my experience of life. If I want to improve my life, I must think with intention and consciously create positive thought patterns, as opposed to letting circumstances and other people determine what I think and how I feel.

Who inspires you?
Juvan Langford is a huge inspiration to me. He has tied in the 3 P’s seamlessly, Passion, Purpose and Profit. I find that incredibly motivating and inspiring. Not to mention his work as an empowerment coach for men.

What have you just learnt recently that blew you away?
The intelligent use of psychedelics as a creative tool (not for recreation) is quite common in the high-level entrepreneurial community (where I’m from at least). It has completely changed my perception of drugs and made me deeply question why they’re illegal.

If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would have skipped college altogether to focus on specialised courses relevant to my industry. Creating my own curriculum, based on skills needed that I’ve determined are necessary for me, has had the biggest impact on my professional growth.

How do you unwind?
Deep trance meditation has had the biggest impact on my feelings of being grounded and centered. It took some practice to unwind with personal willpower and discipline (as opposed to using alcohol or substances) and now it’s fairly easy under the right circumstances.

Favourite Asian destination for relaxation? Why?
I have not been to Asia yet.

Everyone in business should read this book:
The Celestine Prophecy. I have never had more clarity and purpose in business (and life) until I ventured on a spiritual path. This book did an exceptional service at streamlining and organising the milestones I hit along my journey. It doesn’t seem like it has anything to do with business, yet it has everything to do with business.

Shameless plug for your business:
julianthomasfitness.com

How can people connect with you?
I love connecting with high performers and ambitious, conscious entrepreneurs. Add me on Facebook: Julian Thomas, Fitness Transformation Coach.

Twitter handle?
I don’t have twitter.
You can find me on Snapchat or Instagram instead: @jaytofit

This interview was part of the Callum Connect’s column found on The Asian Entrepreneur:

CallumConnectsCallum Laing invests and buys small businesses in a range of industries around Asia.  He has previously started, built and sold half a dozen businesses and is the founder & owner of Fitness-Buffet a company delivering employee wellness solutions in 12 countries.  He is a Director of, amongst others, Key Person of Influence.  A 40 week training program for business owners and executives.

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Callum Laing has started, built, bought and sold half a dozen businesses in a range of industries across two continents. He is a partner in the Private Equity firm Unity-Group. Co-founder and non-exec director of The Marketing Group PLC and is CEO of Key Person of Influence (Asia). He is author of 'Progressive Partnerships'.

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