Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.

Don’t spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.


Why spend your time pounding, when you could be rethinking and innovating?

How many times have you found yourself continually pursuing an identical pathway to that which has already proven itself ineffective? 

We are so quick to find our solutions, and then readily ascribe to them when, in reality, there is substantial supporting evidence to preclude us from continuing down that particular avenue.

When we are fixated on accomplishing something, we often times find ourselves caught in a quagmire of our own making by presuming that given that we know the solution, that therefore, that must be the solution, and we continuously focus our efforts down the exact same pathway, regardless of the apparent lack of success. 

In many cases, the reality is that there are alternate solutions that are considerably more effective and more opportune, if we are willing to dismiss our initial prejudice that precludes our ability to see these things. 

When we awaken to the full world of possibility, we are that much more empowered to succeed. 

So often, when our vision is so supposedly crystal clear, we believe we are more opportune to stay the course, than if we were to potentially derivate. 

But in life, sometimes the shortest distance between two points is not a line at all. Sometimes it is a curvaceous pathway of options and choices, some of which are valuable, and others which may prove to be fruitless. 

Collectively, in the course of our trying to discern the distinction between the two, we ourselves, are evolving in the process. This particular evolution gives way to our greater success by virtue of our own ability to recognize some of the myriad mistakes we have made along the way combined with our having the mental acuity to correct those mistakes as might be required. 

There are countless times where we are far more desirous of pounding on the wall, then finding the doorway. But, the older we get, the more we recognize that the doorway was always the solution, and that the wall was always a wall. 

Happy Sunday!

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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!