Have you ever had a friend who was just that little bit better than you at something? A sport, a field of study, a type of artistry, an ability to connect with others?

Hanging around with people that are capable in countless ways is a miraculous way to continue to evolve yourself. I don’t think one notices the evolution while it is transpiring under those kinds of circumstances. I think that those kinds of evolutions are gradual, but the magic of enjoying somebody who is more advanced than you are is the transference of brilliance on even the most micro levels.

People uplift our spirits in countless ways, they don’t have to be better than we are in a particular category, sometimes it is just the love that they exude for you as a family member or friend. Sometimes it is in the little things that they do that contribute to your life in increments of minutia, but collectively you can look at how that person has impacted your life and feel great joy in the wind that they have put underneath your wings to allow you to fly.

As children, we are a sponge, absorbing as much of this as we possibly can. As we become more aware of how our presence impacts others, we are more likely to bring some of the proper tools to the game that enable us to help our friends and family members in similar ways.

A person whose presence calls forth your best, is a valuable resource in so many ways. We walk the planet trying to ascertain our place in humanity, our role in life and ultimately our purpose. In that perspective, someone who calls forth your best, is truly sculpting you by stimulating variables inside of you that give you cause and reason to improve in numerous ways.

I hope my message this morning catches you on a day in which you are going to interact with those who stimulate you in this regard. In our current society, the obvious need for improvement in all categories could not be more apparent❤️

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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!