Keep being brilliant.

Have you ever had a brilliant idea that was shot down because the receiving party just didn’t understand it?

Have you ever been advised to “dumb it down”? Or have you ever been lectured, “KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid? Have people ever told you that the idea was, “too forward thinking and wasn’t applicable”?

These reprobations, and many more of their kind, are parroted in society, so that people who are not capable of grasping the full picture can impart their presumed wisdom upon you, to teach you how to say or explain or think about things through a filter that a more common audience can fully understand and appreciate.

Where does that leave you?

Will you spend the rest of your life swimming in pools of mediocrity, in order that you fit in with the others?

Or will you keep being brilliant, because in your brilliance, comes a vision of the future that the others will be living in two decades from now?

If you are intelligent, and your intelligence exceeds that of those around you, it becomes tempting to camouflage your outlier status, and become one of the crowd by acting and thinking in-kind.

But is this really is a life sentence that you are willing to serve? At some point in time, would it not be far more prudent to recognize that your brilliance is a luminary opportunity for anyone around you who is capable of tuning into your frequency?

Is there genuinely any reason for you to dumb it down?

Perhaps if you were writing advertising copy or instructions for usage of a device or other communication that is meant for the general public, it would be a good idea. But in broad strokes, why is it incumbent upon you to reduce something that is going on in your mind just because there is a fear that you may not be completely homogenous with those around you?

Isn’t it far more desirable to be exemplary and to set the high water mark for others to rise up to?

We live in a  society of sheep, who spend most of their time in some flock, listening to some supposed intelligent person on a pulpit, espousing what they profess to be knowledge. This willful ignorance has enabled climate change, and is directly responsible for these massive heat waves that we are all suffering through.

When I was in school, if you did not believe in science, you got an F in that class, and you were told that you had better start paying attention and start learning, or you’re not going to graduate.

Now, there are so many ignorant people in our world, they continue to empower officials who are science-deniers, in order that they might perpetuate their short term, greedy aspirations at the expense of everything else in the world around them.

There is no shame in being brilliant.

To the contrary, brilliant people are extraordinary and deserve our full and complete respect and appreciation. If you happen to be one of them, do not hide your brilliance, leverage it to your greatest benefit and help others rise upwards.

Happy Friday!

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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!