If you are truly visionary, it does not matter if others see it or not. They will… when you make it so.

In many cases, the road for an entrepreneur is (from the outside looking in), curvaceous and non-direct. And yet, that same road from the perspective of the entrepreneur is myopically focused towards an end game.

Communicating this to other parties can be exasperating at times because in many circumstances, the entrepreneur is focused on something that has never been done.

The abstract nature of heading with velocity into the unknown is terrifying for a majority of the population. It is unsettling and leaves many scratching their head, wondering about the sanity of the person on this path.

There is a scene in the movie, “Immortal Beloved“ in which Gary Oldman is portraying Ludvig von Beethoven. It is towards the end of the film and we, the audience, have watched Beethoven as a human being descend further and further into his own personal pain, deafness and lack of social grace.

The two people who are closest to him are talking privately behind his back and one says to the other that the maestro is just sitting at the table muttering to himself, “na na na na na na na na, na na na na na nana.” To the audience, we recognize this as the most famous piece of Beethoven’s ninth Symphony (which he was still working on at that time). To those around him he was just muttering. Everybody had lost faith that the maestro had anything left to contribute.

This is one of my favorite scenes in any movie. It was so beautiful in the way that it depicted the disparity between dual realities. Eventually in the film, Beethoven completes the ninth Symphony and it is performed for the community. People show up out of respect for the maestro but nobody expects this to have any consequence…. until the music plays❤️ Beethoven, stone deaf, walks up on stage and is really oblivious to the ability to hear any of his masterpiece being performed. In the film, he retreats into a fantasy memory in which he escapes his abusive father who was going to beat him (and who was directly responsible for the injuries that ultimately caused his deafness.)

I have contemplated what any of that must’ve really felt like to him. Being stone deaf, watching your incredible music being performed and not being able to experience it.

If you feel yourself marching to the beat of a different drummer, don’t stop marching. It just doesn’t matter whether everybody else understands, it only matters whether you have control of your faculties and are capable of seeing the truth through the cloud of distraction. I hope you have a wonderful 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!