I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.

Where are you going?

Are you certain of that?

What happens if….

Navigating our way through life would appear at outset as a path that is set, followed and achieved. It is how we were taught that the world works. We learn that the great age of exploration is paved by explorers who charted a course and set off to achieve their objective. We see giants who have risen from obscurity to the highest ranks of society and we are infatuated with their success. From the outside looking in, all of these experiences look linear.

Life appears linear because time is linear.  But, just as Darwin was quick to illuminate that survival of the species boils down to those who were most fit, it also proves that the winning combination is always the ones who can adapt and modify their efforts with the tides of change. Adaptability it appears is the formula for survival and only those who are capable of seeing the issue and adapting to it are the ones who prevail.

There are millions of stories of those who were at a breaking point, holding on with the tiniest amount of metaphorical oxygen left to breath who came right back with a giant winning move. And those who were severely impaired and looked past the impairment to achieve brilliance beyond measure. My favorite is Beethoven writing his 9th symphony while most of his hearing had already been lost. How does genius on that level prevail?

It starts with an undeniable desire to prevail at all costs. An internal focus that says, “regardless of circumstance, there must be a way to achieve my goal.” 

That internal voice is part of a larger mindset that watches the terrain and opts for the solutions that will create the ability to proceed

We all have been put to that test in the last couple years. Covid came out of nowhere and completely pulled the rug out from underneath all of our plans, our dreams, our aspirations and our desires. For some, it was the death knell, and for others, it was a course correction to still get to where they are headed. Again, there are millions of examples, but the ones that shine are the ones where someone found time during the pandemic to create a new value in their life. They saw the circumstances for what they are and made a determined effort to ensure that they would emerge on the other side victorious. 

During the olympics, I watched the commercials about the olympian gold medalist who is missing part of an arm and it set me back, as it was expected to do. I could not help but contemplate what I would be willing to try to accomplish under similar circumstances. 

In my work with Two Two Art, I have become familiar with Alder Crocker who is an 85% quadriplegic who has no control of his hands or fingers and reinvented himself in the last three years since becoming a quadriplegic as a painter. 

I cannot help but pause and study those who overcome the massive obstacle to become successful in areas that would have appeared out of bounds and still prevailed. There is a magic to that exposure. It galvanizes the soul and strengthens one’s internal resolve to come out of a tumultuous period and regain composure so that we might best continue to accelerate towards our own goal.

The wind will always change. Sometimes it is even non existent. And when there is no wind, row.

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!