Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.


Which was the last difficult task that you opted to undertake that gave you immense satisfaction at the completion of the work?

When we are challenged to perform at our very top capacity and deliver an outcome worthy of such an expenditure of time, we are continuously balancing a high wire act that is the fine line between supreme success and failure.

The double-edged sword of such an endeavor hones our skills, sharpens our perspectives, gives us cause to improve and thereby level up in our overall life status. Conversely, knowing that a failure on this front will come with consequences, not necessarily of our choosing, gives additional motivation to persevere, regardless of circumstances.

So we are engaged in a series of actions that are, for all intent and purposes, a do or die scenario. Not that we will actually become deceased, should we not succeed, but rather, to abandon or fail to perform at such a task will come with significant consequences.

With those criteria established at the outset, we are then ready to give it all that we’ve got. To go far beyond the reasonable expectations that someone other that we might hold for ourselves and, in doing so, rise up to the level of brilliance we had hoped to achieve.

Then, and only then, are we fully confident of our base skills and our capacity to expect more of ourselves than we might have previously projected and thereby rise up to the new level of accomplishment that we have now established.

In that afterglow, we are replenished on a deeper, more spiritual level. We are readily convinced that we are an improved work in progress, inching that much closer to becoming all that we have hoped and prayed that we may become.

As you create these moments, remember to savor them. These are the true signposts in your life that continuously reinforce your inner beliefs that are the rocket fuel to delver you to your most outrageously conceived destinations.

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!