I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.


Are you the net result of the transformative events that have transpired in your life previously?

We all are. 

But that does not mean that those events have to dictate whom we are becoming.

Circumstances, some much larger than life, are unquestionably substantial factors in our lives… and many carry influence as to how we develop as individuals and as a society. How could they not? 

If we evaluate the biggest variables in our lives thus far, we are readily able to see how some of these circumstances have colored our future through their respective impact. 

Does this necessarily mean that they will absolutely dictate our future? 

Not necessarily. 

We are but a lump of clay and, as a result, we are more likely to evolve, predicated upon how some of these circumstances have impacted us. That said, there are many people who accept their past as a direct limiting factor in how the rest of their lives will potentially evolve. 

That is directly where the decision comes into play. Even though it is likely that a larger than life event may create specific responses in us, we are not directly pointed to a future that is a foregone conclusion. Indeed, we are fascinated by the stories of those who have risen above the extenuating circumstances in their lives, in order that they might become the person that attracts us in the first place. 

We all have choices. One of these choices is to determine whether or not we are ready and willing to accept our past as the prognostication of our future. History is populated with countless accounts of those who have weathered very difficult circumstances in their childhood or subsequent years, and yet, something deep within that individual rose above those circumstances in order that they might leverage a deeper belief within themselves, which then galvanized in their favor and catapulted them into remarkable accomplishments. 

Is it solely that these individuals are extraordinary? Or, is it possible that they were in possession of this most rudimentary idea, postulated by Carl Jung and others?

I believe that the truth is that we all have this power, yet most people do not understand this basic concept, and as a direct result, live lives of mediocrity, for no better reason, then no one has shared with them, the core truth about how they might better themselves and leave any of those coloring chapters in their rearview mirror. Instead, the opportunities for their future are manifested by their direct will and desire. 

Never settle for any limiting factor in your life. It is far wiser to visualize light years beyond that limitation in order that you might aim for the stars and actually arrive there. 

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!