Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you.


How quickly are you able to get over it and let it go? Whatever it is, there is a mechanism internally that allows us to get over it and move on.

Resiliency is more than pragmatic, it is a way of life, as Jim Rohn illuminates. 

When we are surfing the waves of life, full of the traditional ups and downs, it is very easy to get knocked off our board (metaphorically) and suddenly find ourselves in the tumultuous ocean of things. And while we are working to right ourselves and try to get back atop the board, we are going to swallow some salt water and it tastes nasty, is unpleasant and leaves a bad taste in our mouth.

Right there is the inflection point. All right. You drank some sea water. Yuch! And then what? Are you going to ruin your surfing experience lamenting over the salt taste in your mouth, or are you going to focus on getting back up on the board and catching the next wave?

Surfing metaphor notwithstanding…. Life really is simplistic in that regard. We always have a choice, and our attitude is the only string we have to play our own unique music with. So at some point, we are either going to figure out that you spit out the bad taste and let it go, or drown in a sea of incidental moments which collectively appear to be working to drown you.

BUT…. What if those incidental moments are really stepping stones up to a much higher level of being? What if drinking sea water is really the best tonic for you at that particular moment?

I watch numerous people drowning the miasma of self imposed despair and it makes me wonder… do they see the world differently or are they afraid of growth?

I have been smashed by all sorts of moments in life. I believe we all have. From having a gun to the back of my head and knowing I was going to die in the next second, to feeling like I might never get to be a father, to watching everything I worked for in my entire life evaporate over a housing market fiasco that our government allowed to transpire…. And much more.

My secret. I always hear Burgess Meredith in the back of my mind saying, “Get up, you sonofabitch, because Mickey loves you.”  And then I see Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull standing in the ring after Sugar Ray Robinson pummeled him to within a moment of his life and he responds… “Hey Ray…. I never went down Ray. You didn’t get me down, Ray.”

Film scenes are valuable, especially if you are emotionally invested in the characters.  When I see Dinero standing there, with every last beating he just took, standing up and defending his position of not quitting and not going down for the count, I find my grit. And with that grit, I get right back up and start again. Or get on the surfboard, or whatever. 

Small and large things want desperately (it would appear) to knock us into obscurity. It is only our fortitude and determination that prevent that. So being mired in the bullshit of tiny arguments, tiny hurts and letting go of your own control of your destiny are the meals of the meek. The rest of us are going to dust ourselves off, look ourselves in the mirror. Take personal inventory. Swear to ourselves we will never do whatever mistake we made that got us here again, grow up and accelerate at full velocity into our destiny.

Every other option is a losing path, in my opinion. Leaving stones unturned is clearly wrong. Life is your feast. You are a spiritual entity living within a 3Dimensional body in a 3Dimensional world and this is your short opportunity to make it all count. With every last ounce of energy you have got. 

Wasting that opportunity is just criminal and the single biggest loser in that criminal act would be yourself.

Hey Ray…. I never went down Ray. You didn’t get me down, Ray. See? Look!

Lessons From The Mountain: Changing the world, one thought at a time.

Lessons From The Mountain: Changing the world, one thought at a time.

Lessons From The Mountain: Changing the world, one thought at a time. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B096LYB7PK/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_api_glt_57Q71JXQVA48GAYXHMRX

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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!