It doesn’t matter who you used to be. What matters is who you decide to be today.

It doesn’t matter who you used to be. What matters is who you decide to be today. You are not your mistakes. You are not your mishaps. You are not your past. You are not your wounds. You can decide differently today and at every moment. Remember that. You are offered a new opportunity with each breath to think, choose, decide and act differently, in a way that supports you in being all that you are capable of being. You are not less than. You are enough.


Do you firmly believe that you are enough?

Perhaps the more important question is: Enough, as determined by whom? 

Often times, the benchmark set by others, against which, we might  opt to judge ourselves, is wholly inappropriate for us to be making our own personal comparisons to. 

There are a hundred reasons why that benchmark might be inappropriate, starting with all kinds of differentials in age, skill, training, background, financial opportunities, biological advantages, and so on. 

As soon as we stop comparing ourselves to anything external, we are closer to having a better sense of what would constitute a reasonable benchmark for us to leverage to our own personal benefit.

There is strength in continually trying to improve yourself, but there are also potential pitfalls, to the extent that your comparisons might create a continual lack of personal satisfaction along the way. 

There are chapters in your life that you will inevitably wish to leave in the rearview mirror, and hope will eventually become unrecognizable with distance. But their impact on your current persona could not be more important. 

I have yet to meet anybody in life who does not regularly make mistakes. But someone who is operating under the supposition that making a mistake is a terminal choice, fails to see the value of having made the mistake, and the comprehension of how each and every mistake is one step closer towards to success. It’s called failing forward.

Without this perspective, a person could easily get lost in the myopic nature of their own slanted perspective, and perhaps miss a much larger point… which is… a person has countless opportunities to potentially succeed in life, providing they are open and receptive to doing what is necessary in order to discover and pursue those opportunities and then leverage them to their greatest success. 

If you are lost in the disappointment of a prior moment in your life, and you are flailing in the repercussions that arose thereof, your fastest pathway to new ground is self forgiveness. 

With self forgiveness, comes the opportunity to start anew and begin to make the most of every resource that you have at your disposal or will have at your disposal. 

Everything outside of that is entirely perspective oriented, and not necessarily a hard and fast law that will dictate your outcomes on a go forward basis. 

Happy 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!