A few bad chapters doesn’t mean your story is over.

Appearances can be highly deceiving. One vantage point does not define an entire scenario.

If you look at other people’s lives, and presume that there were not tough chapters within those lives, you are almost certainly making a massive mistake.

The more I have studied the lives of so many outstanding human beings, the more obvious this core tenet becomes apparent to me. The secret to anyone’s success, is understanding that a bad chapter can, and will close. As soon as you are fully aware that those powers are within your control, the quicker the transition will manifest.

Life is fraught with so many distinct opportunities for conflict and disappointment, as to leave any of us worrying that our entire lives will be defined by these permutations. But the truth is, if we are out in the world, working diligently to create the realities that we wish to be experiencing, we have much more control over these pieces of the puzzle, than we might first imagine.

It is only through this core perspective that we have the tools to undo the problems that have arisen in our lives, and convert them into opportunities that are more desirable for our next foray.

So many people are willing to accept these aspects of defeat, as being problematic, to the point of surrendering, that they enable large portions of their life to be sacrificed on the altar of “I wish I had.” There is no “wish I had,” there is only what are you going to do now? 

As we review certain segments of our lives, we find dark chapters that we have lived through, and emerged successfully into our next chapter. Through this process, we stand on the shoulders of our former self and use our core wisdom to prevail in the newest chapters that are confronting us.

Take control and forgive yourself or anybody around you for a couple of the chapters that did not go your way, and stand back up, tall and proud, and give it your best shot today. 

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!