In life, you will realize that there is a role for everyone you meet.

In life, you will realize that there is a role for everyone you meet. Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you, and some will teach you. But, the ones that are important are the ones who bring out the best in you. They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it’s worth it. – AWARENESS ACT on Pinterest

Who are the people who bring out the very best in you?

Accurately identifying these people is one of the most important qualities we can develop over time. Conversely, a recognition of the ones who are directly problematic to your positive outcomes must be equally identified. 

As you go through time, you will find more than your share of people who appear to be in one of these categories, but eventually reveal themselves as belonging in the other. Some people are incredibly adept at masquerading their dishonest intentions, with a camouflage of genuine nature, guised honesty, and a penchant for watching you closely, to prey upon the parts of your personality that are trusting, and are desirous of making significance transpire. 

Learning how to identify who people are, and what their core intentions are, is a life lesson that is never fully learned. It is added to, on an experience by experience basis. As you try to identify at the outset of your meeting, what category some person is going to fall within, your gut instinct may often be correct, but not always. 

Learn to understand people. Always ask yourself, what is their motivation for the choices that they are making under these circumstances and continually keep your guard up against marauders who would otherwise leverage your best intentions against you.

There are people of many different flavors, who don’t fall into either one of these categories. They are neither the most important people in your life, nor are they vastly negative. They may serve other purposes in your life and teach you things you may never have contemplated prior to meeting them.

People are such a wide spectrum of variables as to enable them to play many different subtle roles in your life. Recognizing these different types of roles, and how different people will fill them with their unique qualities, is an acquired skillset, and only comes after testing this determination over a large volume of people. 

Once you find the highest quality of people with whom to associate, treasure them like gold, for indeed, they are even more valuable than any material possession you could ever hold to. 

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!