If you are not walking the talk, you are just a puppet. Be the puppeteer.

If you are not walking the talk, you are just a puppet. Be the puppeteer.


Are you the puppet or are you the puppeteer?

It’s one thing to espouse a specific philosophy, and it’s another thing to live by it.

If you are genuine, and say what you mean, and mean what you say, your actions should unquestionably match that which you profess to believe in.

In many cases, there are those who are quick to disperse all sorts of information that they would profess to be profound, meaningful or critical, and yet, if you watch their day-to-day behavior, you will see them behaving exactly in opposite fashion. 

Having control over whom you are and what your life, your morality and virtues are all about, is imperative to living up to being the complete human being that you are fully capable of evolving into. 

As we are younger, we are more prone to flirt with both sides of the equation, in the sense that we might say that we believe something, but we might be likely to do exactly the opposite, when it comes to choices that we have to make in our world. Reflecting on these compromised choices as we grow older, paves the pathway for our potential future.

Only through these evolutions, are we ever capable of recognizing the parameters by which a person is fully capable of exemplifying everything that they profess to believe in. 

When a person is able to make a decision that no one else will ever be aware of, they are that much more ready to learn of that which they are truly made. It is only through continuous opportunities to determine how and what we might be willing or capable of doing, that we ultimately learn for certain what our core morality is made of. 

If we are continuously enabling other parties to dictate how we behave, what we say, and what our moral principles are, are we not truly a marionette attached by strings to the controlling arm of whomever is influencing, and thereby, dictating our behavior and morals? 

If we genuinely wish to be masters of our own destiny, would it not make make sense to sever those marionette strings, and allow ourselves to fully discover where our own borders and parameters exist, such that we might continue to evolve ever further in the directions that we profess to believe in. 

Be the puppeteer, not the puppet. 

Happy Saturday!


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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!