Follow your heart, but take your brain with you.

It is a romantic notion to follow one’s heart. 

It is a concept that is reiterated through literature, film, music, media and philosophy. The joy of following one’s heart is perhaps one of the greatest qualities of living as a human in this three-dimensional world. It facilitates one’s ability to differentiate oneself from others through the simple act of pursuing only that which one feels is most directly applicable to their desires. 

In the course of pursuing such a fanciful life experience one is faced with many permutations of opportunity from which to choose.

The act of discernment is ever more complicated through the sorting of potential ramifications of outcomes, predicated upon variables that one may not be predicting. All the more reason to take the brain with you. Diving headfirst into a lifelong passion is paramount to almost anything else in life, but understanding the potential ramifications if it does not work out the way one is expecting, is equally important. 

By understanding all of the potential scenarios, one utilizes gray logic, just as in calculating all of the potential moves in the course of playing chess. It is necessary to forecast several steps outward, in order for one to see what could potentially come from any one of the multiple choices that they may choose to make. 

It is exciting to find that internal fire that drives each of us to the pursuit of something that makes us unique and gives deeper meaning to our lives. There are a few things in life that are more important than that… but one of those choices most certainly must be survival. 

In order for one to survive, the brain has to remain a guardian of all things in one’s life, so that the pursuits of the heart, regulated through intelligence and focused thought processes, stays within acceptable boundaries. 

Dig deep within and discover the passions that drive you, and pursue them with everything you have, but always allow your brain to tagalong and ride shotgun, just in case. 

Happy Tuesday!

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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!