Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.

There was a methodology that was designed in Toyota… in Japan’s corporate Center, in which they came up with the methodology of asking “why?” five times in a row. They distilled that if a team is accurate in asking that question deliberately, not unlike a two year old, the truth is almost always distilled at the fifth level. It is an interesting experiment and I invite you to try it with somebody and watch what happens by the time you get to your fifth why?

I was born incessantly curious. Things fascinate me from the many different spectra of life. And each one seems to interconnect in beautiful fashion. It is almost as if life is one of those 2000 piece jigsaw puzzles (minus the photo on the cover of the box) and with each avenue of curiosity, another piece seems to fit into place. As more and more pieces come together and create clusters of little images, the macro perspective of all of it becomes a little more clear and leads to further curious episodes trying to put additional pieces into the bigger puzzle.

Some people are focused on only being right. Whether they are accurate in their assessment or not, being right is their core agenda. Others are more focused on being a student in life, continually observing, perpetually exposing themselves to masters in their respective fields of study, and working continuously to find pieces of the puzzle.

The difference between the two perspectives is infinite in the sense that the person who is always a student is passionate about the questions that they ask because they truly value the answers that they are receiving. Whereas a person that is convinced that they are already an expert, asks questions in order that they may be within the echo chamber of their own influence and thereby continually receiving reinforcement of how brilliant they must be.

In my experience, the wisest people whom I have ever had the privilege of meeting, including the Dalai Lama, will always presume that they are graced by knowledge and continually benefiting from a personal improvement as a result of such.

If you look at knowledge the way that most people look at money, it is a resource that is so valuable, we spend a large portion of our existence accruing it. I think that is part of why we enjoy sharing it with others because it is a gift that is bestowed on another person whose mind is in frequency to receive it.

François-Marie Arouet, known by his nom de plume Voltaire, was a French Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosopher famous for his wit, his criticism of Christianity—especially the Roman Catholic Church—as well as his advocacy of freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and separation of church and state.

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday🌟

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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!