If you don’t ask… the answer is always, no. If you don’t go after what you want… you’ll never have it. If you don’t step forward… you’re always in the same spot.

If you don’t ask… the answer is always, no.

If you don’t go after what you want… you’ll never have it.

If you don’t step forward… you’re always in the same spot.

Do you take action on the things in life that matter most to you?

The only surefire way to accelerate yourself into that which you most desire, is to take direct action. 

Without this degree of confidence and certainty, your likelihood of succeeding is reduced substantially. Our ability to achieve the goals in life that we are determined to accomplish, only arises as a direct result of planning, attention to detail, appropriate initial actions, followed up by perfection in follow-through and execution. 

These are the tools that drive any successful endeavor to fruition. 

If you spend your life standing on the sidelines, hoping and praying that you are going to magically fall into your ultimate expectations, you are probably setting yourself up for a definitive disappointment. If your odds of winning the Powerball lottery are 1 in 160,000,000, what do you suppose the likelihood is for you to achieve anything of consequence, if you are continually hoping and praying that your number will magically come up? 

Would you expect that if you made a forthright effort to achieve, accomplish or attain that which your eyes are set upon, that you will ultimately get there through hopes and prayers? Or, is it more reasonable to presume that you will get there through a defined course of action which leverages all of the pre-requisite requirements that will further ensure the likelihood that you will succeed? 

There are no shortcuts that I have ever discovered in life. The only way to get to your prescribed destination is through direct, focused pursuit, tempered by whatever mitigating factors might exist within the parameters of the achievement you have opted to pursue. 

There is no question that some good luck will further accelerate your likelihood of success… but luck in and of itself, is not the solution you are hoping for. 

It must be a determined set of actions and behaviors, or you will never get there. That’s a fact.

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!