Everybody wants to be successful until they see what it takes.

Success looks truly amazing. How many times have you looked at another’s success and pined for similar?

Many people want to be successful, until they are face to face with the long hours, hard non paid work, extreme stress and personal repercussions of the road to success.

There are those rare individuals who achieve success through luck, but they are few and far between.

For the rest of us, we are left with only the option to continue status quo, or to leverage our best resources to accelerate into a success path of uncertain outcome.

Why then, do some pursue it with all they have?

Some are financially motivated. They see the life in the fast lane lifestyle and crave it.

For others, the motivation lies deeper in the journey to that success. The problem solving, personal motivation prerequisite, the continuous inertia that propels them from obscurity into a spotlight of their own choosing.

There is no single reason why one might be driven. In fact, the disparity of the motivational variables is so wide as to make a single prognostication about how or why, readily improbable, if not entirely impossible.

When we see someone who has succeeded in our particular vein of enthusiasm, it sparks something deep inside that says we must accelerate in this direction, lest we leave our best self in the rear view mirror.

The prospect of looking back at a later date and wondering if we might have accomplished all that we had hoped to achieve and knowing it is now too late is a perspective that galvanizes a majority of successful people. It is a thought that we might have been a contender. One who would have gone the distance and performed above par in order to achieve that unique distinction.

When these thoughts find their ultimate fuel, we are propelled into working towards something of veracity and vitality that will insure that we are not the ones wasting our idle time, but rather the ones who invested the present time, into our future successes.

It is an investment that must be craved for passionately, or our goal will never be reached.

Happy Wednesday!

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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!