Life takes many turns. Some for the better, some for the worst. Over the course of a lifetime, everybody experiences both. It’s just the natural order of things.

But understanding how negative circumstances are capable of empowering you going forward, enlightening you towards new perspectives and shaping your frame of mind for the experiences ahead on your journey, is the secret ingredient, I believe.

Everybody would like an easy path, free of distraction, disappointment, pain, uncertainty and overt conflict. But that just isn’t the human experience, is it?

The reality that without light there would be no shadow, facilitates our ongoing belief of a future that holds brighter opportunity.

So we cling to that belief of a brighter future and in the course of doing so, we rely upon the resources that we have aggregated during our journey. These are the experiences that shape you.

Those who do not study history are doomed to repeat it. Those who do study history are doomed to watch others who did not study history repeat it. But when it comes to our own personal sphere of influence, at a minimum, I think it takes everything we have to hold it together under the most difficult of circumstances and remain bold and confident that if we are walking through a valley, the next hill must be just ahead.

I think it’s important to treasure who you are, the experiences that you have lived through, and most importantly what you have learned along the way and practice that with everything you’ve got going forward.

Have an outstanding Friday, I hope it brings you great joy and satisfaction?

QUESTION OF THE DAY: What experiences have shaped you?

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In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

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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!