In the end, people will judge you anyway, so don’t live your life impressing others. Live your life impressing yourself.

In the end, people will judge you anyway, so don’t live your life impressing others. Live your life impressing yourself.

What methodologies do you use to impress yourself?

Do you have high expectations for yourself in which you are continually setting a bar that you must improve upon?

When that happens, do you feel a deep sense of joy and gratitude or do you only set the bar a little bit higher and start trying to improve upon that immediately?

Is there a time in your schedule to pause and appreciate the things that you have already been able to accomplish?

Do you look for chapters in your world in which you might be able to go deep within a specific territory and find how adept you truly are?

Do you regularly look for the details around you that bring you joy, and savor them as being the true sustenance of life that they unquestionably are?

This iconic photograph is still considered one of the most-terrifying space photographs to date. Astronaut Bruce McCandless II became the first human being to do a spacewalk without a safety tether linked to a spacecraft. In 1984, he floated completely untethered in space with nothing but his Manned Maneuvering Unit keeping him alive.

Finding ways to impress oneself come in a plethora of flavors and experiences. In these moments, we are crossing some sort of a threshold in order that it actually be impressing as opposed to common place.

When we find such an experience, distinct visual, achievement, engagement or relationship that gives us that deep satisfaction, we are that much more enriched in our daily existence.

Today, would have been my father’s 93rd birthday, if he were still alive.

In his effort to bestow some of his knowledge and wisdom upon me, he taught me to see the tiniest little details in life. The way the sunlight would rear illuminate a series of leaves on a tree, or create sparkles in the dewdrops on a spiderweb, or the machinations of some system, like an old time Swiss watch, that had brilliance in its flawless execution or a space walk that would take my breath away.

When you become aware of the things in life that are truly impressive, and which warrant your focus and attention, you awaken to a vast reservoir of life experience that will continue to hone the skills within you, and which will ultimately give you cause and opportunity to be impressed by yourself.

Don’t worry about what others are thinking, they have more than their own share of problems that they are contending with. Just focus on yourself and the aspects that you might actually leverage to improve yourself and to give you cause to feel awe and wonder at the key moments in your life.

Happy Thursday!

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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!