Courage is not having the strength to go on: it is going on, when you don’t have the strength.

Courage is not having the strength to go on: it is going on, when you don’t have the strength.


How do you persist in the face of all adversity?

What is the internal mechanism that we leverage when we are running completely on empty and our situation still requires internal fuel? 

Some will describe that additional reservoir of energy as being faith. In that faith, they trust that whatever is going to deliver them through this particular chapter will rise to their aid and benefit on demand. 

Others will tell you that we have far deeper resources within our own selves that we are consciously tapping into. 

In the end, I don’t suppose it really matters where the internal reservoir comes from, but rather, that it’s available at all. 

When we are completely out of strength, and we are trying our hardest to wield courage to our benefit, our choice to summon such a transformative quality within ourselves, could not be more miraculous at the moment that it transpires. 

We have voyeuristically experienced this phenomenon in a large majority of fiction, film games and other media, because one of the most essential moments of the human experience, is precisely this. 

The moment where the hero summons their courage and prevails, cannot be overestimated as one of the pinnacle moments in the life of a human being. 

This steadfast, determination and unwillingness to concede defines a significant aspect of what makes up the human spirit and continually exemplifies such for any audience that is ready and desirous of channeling that lesson from the protagonist of whatever media, they are consuming and learning to discover similar qualities within themselves that enable them on whatever level they are capable of, to summon such courage and ultimately overcome whatever significant problem they are coping with at that particular moment in time.

The hero’s journey is continually fraught with conflict. Each one of those conflicts elevates the hero to yet another level, thereby empowering them to take on ever greater challenges. 

This is mirrored from life. As quickly as you are able to learn that when you are completely out of strength, and you are at your most exhausted moment, there is still something tremendously powerful within you, waiting to be leveraged, the more powerful you become.

Happy Friday!

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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!