Everybody Wants To Be Somebody; Nobody Wants To Grow.

So you really want to be “somebody.“

What does that even mean?

The definition would have to start within oneself. A personal visualization of a distinctive shift from where one is currently to the new status that one is seeking.

The myriad of permutations that this can take is as broad as all of humanity itself. But the one unifying variable in all of those permutations is the necessity to do the work. The necessity to take oneself out of a comfort zone and into a regimen that transforms one from who they are currently into whom they wish to be.

The process of growth is often times painful, exasperating, debilitating, frustrating, intimidating, and exhausting.

But one of the great joys in life is the ability to pause at some point on one’s path to growth and look backwards towards who one was prior to commencing on this journey.

Realizing how far east you have traveled allows you the power to travel further east.

Surprisingly, this becomes the rocket fuel that takes you to that pre-determined finish line that one has set for oneself. There are thousands of examples to illuminate this. If one is trying to lose weight, the first amount of weight that one has lost, galvanizes the energy necessary to stay the course. Or acing a midterm puts wind under the wings for doing even better on the final. Earning one’s belts in karate are exactly this methodical process of a tiered success platform created to allow one to feel progress on a long journey.

Whatever course one has established for one’s growth, there is always an intermediate stage from which one might view the prior success and leverage that into momentum going forward.

Ultimately the great reward is discovering that one was capable of the self-discipline necessary to propel one into becoming somebody. Whatever the definition of “somebody” means to that individual.

Do the work. It pays off. It always does if one is diligent. 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!