Don’t give up ‘Cause somewhere there’s a place Where we belong

Though I saw it all aroundNever thought I could be affectedThought that we’d be last to goIt is so strange the way things turn
Drove the night toward my homeThe place that I was born, on the lakesideAs daylight broke, I saw the earthThe trees had burned down to the ground
Don’t give upYou still have usDon’t give upWe don’t need much of anythingDon’t give up‘Cause somewhere there’s a placeWhere we belong

Are you ready to give up on a dream?

One of my closest friends was at that precipice last week. It was a dream that we had conjured together years ago, and it had become their guiding force in their life to bring it to fruition.

If you know someone who is pursuing a dream of magnitude, and you see that they are right on the brink, do you step in to help them, or do you watch safely from the sidelines?

People generate dreams all the time, and few of them are ever willing to attempt to execute them. Much fewer of them are capable of bringing something to its ultimate fruition. It is one of the great gifts in life… to be able to push through every seemingly impenetrable barrier in a quest to accomplish something that your heart is telling you must be accomplished.

Like, any hero on a journey, you encounter more than your share of obstacles, and you also aggregate more than your share of allies and accomplices.

But almost every entrepreneur I have ever met, myself included, ultimately meets their greatest adversary.

The adversary comes in many different embodiments. Sometimes it is internal with the person pursuing the dream. Sometimes it is external and other times it can be factors of time, circumstance, and other variables that can accelerate or crash a project in motion.

When you are the person who is taking the Sisyphusian effort of pushing the impossible boulder up the mountain, you are in a tenuous position at best. The further up the mountain you go, the more obvious it becomes that the weight of the boulder is lethal enough to crush you, if you give up your resilience, and yet…there are days where it’s the best you can do to just maintain your position on the mountain and not lose any ground.

When you are trapped on the mountainside, staring down complete failure… and a friend reaches out to help to make sure you do not fall, it is almost everything you can do to recognize the majestic gift somebody has expended and to hold that as dearly in your heart, as you might.

Don’t give up because somewhere, there’s a place where we belong.


Happy Saturday!

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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!