If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick up one of those pieces and begin again.

If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick up one of those pieces and begin again.


Have you ever watched a big dream of yours explode, right before your very eyes?

Most of us have. 

It is excruciating, debilitating, demoralizing and discouraging.

But here’s the secret. In many cases, what appears to be an opportunity imploding, is in actuality the doorway to the proper dream fulfilled. When one door closes, another one opens.  In many cases, the only variable that determines whether or not this will happen, is you.

Chances are, wherever you are, there is a light turned on within 50 feet of you. Thomas Edison labored with countless variations of filaments and vacuum tubes, trying to bring this to your life. His trail of failures is legendary. But his mindset is the core lesson, as he so famously stated, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Steve Jobs opened the door to an entirely new stage of human evolution. His reward for having accomplished this was being removed as CEO of his own company. But after John Sculley, the former President of PepsiCo could not work the same magic that Jobs infused into Apple, they wooed Steve back into his former position, and what did he do? He completely revolutionized the entire world again with a concept of 1000 songs in your pocket.

Dreams come to us through countless channels of inspiration and when they register in our consciousness, they take hold in unique and compelling ways. As they begin to reveal themselves, we are fortunate in our opportunity to enable these dreams to come to fruition in vibrant fashion. 

Often times, despite whatever the initial impetus was, the final dream proves to be considerably different when it is fully realized. So, as any good steward of a great idea, we must recognize that each and every dream must be enabled to utilize its full spectrum of possibilities before it can ultimately manifest into its greatest potential.

One of the greatest secrets of life is the ability to understand that discouragement is completely modifiable and entirely subject to your own ability to manage this variable to your own benefit. At the peak of discouragement it is so tempting to abort all efforts and let everything that you have worked for, to fall apart. But if you are capable of recognizing that it is just a chapter, and not the ending of the book, you have every opportunity to write new chapters and accelerate into the future of your making.

Happy Monday!

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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!