I’ve learned that no matter the consequences those who are honest with themselves get farther in life.

I have always ascribed to the motto: do not tell me it is impossible until after I have already done it.

So, how then is one able to be fully honest with oneself if one is self delusional with overt optimism?

In contemplating this, you would have to read the serenity prayer:

 God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.

How then, are we best able to reconcile the necessity to be fully honest with oneself while at the same time keeping a mental state of optimism that catapults you into new territory?

Once again, the omnipresent Leonardo da Vinci provides a wonderful example. He was certainly capable of looking at his two arms and recognizing that by flapping them, he would never fly. But, his obsession with wanting to fly propelled him to study  every bird wing and every bat wing that he could get his hands on. This gave way to the invention of the helicopter and allowed him numerous attempts to create flying machines that would possibly allow him to fly.

Even though he did not achieve flight in his lifetime, it was his study of the curvature of the bat wing that gave Orville and Wilbur Wright the missing ingredient to discover how wind and surface area create thrust and elevation.

In returning to the aphorism, it was his brutal honesty with himself that he would never be able to fly (unassisted) that facilitated his desire to find the proper assistance that would allow it to happen. That strikes me as the thin veil between devout belief in one’s self and the core pragmatism necessary to prevail.

That said, why listen to me at all? I still live in the delusion that nothing is impossible.🤷🏼‍♂️

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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!