As long as you don’t give up, nothing is over.

Why quit when there is still a good chance you can prevail?

When you want something, your entire focus and dedication must be concentrated in order to achieve it. 

Inevitably, there will be considerable setbacks. That may plague your pathway to achievement, but these in and of themselves cannot be your final deterrent when you want something of this magnitude. 

The only time the quest is completely lost is when we are willing to throw in the proverbial towel and call it “a day.” Until that time, the opportunity still exists, our determination and focus will drive those obstacles into obscurity, if our persistence and tenacity will take over and win the quest. 

There’s very little reason to limit oneself in any pursuit of magnitude, for there always remains unknown variables that could potentially take your chances from limited to likely in an instant. 

This does not mean that every focused and dedicated effort will always result in the desired outcome. It does mean that with your diligence and determination, you can be that much more likely to stay in the game, rather than to acquiesce to external details that continue to reinforce for us the unlikelihood of our succeeding. 

America’s Got Talent has made some of their greatest moments like the one with Susan Boyle, where there is a person who had everything against her, and yet with her focus and her determination, she got up on the stage, looking frumpy, won the hearts and minds of people all over the world with her song, I Dreamed a Dream, from Les Miserables, and turned herself into an international star with one performance. 

It just boils down to whether or not we are willing to ignore all of the sign posts that tell us something is futile and instead believe the song in our heart, that sings true time and time again. 

Happy Vernal Equinox! 

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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!