All his life he’s been told, He’ll be nothing when he’s old. All the kicks and all the blows, He won’t ever let it show.

All his life he’s been told

He’ll be nothing when he’s old

All the kicks and all the blows

He won’t ever let it show

‘Cause he’s stronger than you know

A heart of steel starts to grow

When you’ve been fighting for it all your life

You’ve been struggling to make things right

That’s how a superhero learns to fly

Every day, every hour, turn the pain into power


Rule number one of life: never listen to the naysayers.

Everybody has an opinion, and almost everyone is willing to project their fear and their apprehension onto your life circumstances, such that they can predict (in their own mind), how or why you are going to fail.

I think the single smartest thing anybody can do, is to ignore all of the naysayers completely. It may be wise to listen to whether or not any of them have something constructive that you might learn from, but shy of that, it is my habit to discard any negative commentary as being someone else trying to project how and why they would not be able to pull off whatever it is that another person is trying to accomplish.

If you have a deep fire in your belly for something of magnitude, you are almost certainly going to put every ounce of your being into making it come to fruition. A naysayer might come along and quell some of your enthusiasm needlessly.

In the end, wouldn’t it be wiser to recognize that you have everything you need to succeed, deep within your own being, and all you need to do is summon the courage, the fortitude, the tenacity, and the diligence to ensure its success?

If we were to instantly fall apart at the first blush of a negative take on where we are going, we would most certainly fail. It is only through our own internal compass and belief system that we are able to prevail in places, where others would most certainly fail.

If you have come from a life in which others have forecast a less than opportune projection of what your life could possibly bring, may I suggest you would be most wise to wake up and discard all of the negativity that you have been exposed to along the way?

See it for what it is, smile politely at the belief system that others have, that they are trying to project onto your life, and then, proceed to come through with every ounce of your being.  Just because they are too scared to do what you are setting out to do, should never mean that you are!

There truly is no other way to live life.

Happy Thursday!

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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!