Life is a series of perceptions. How you choose to evaluate them will determine your final outcome.

Life is a series of perceptions. How you choose to evaluate them will determine your final outcome.


How do you determine what is real?

We experience what we believe is reality through our senses. If our senses are confirming that which we are encountering as being real, then we are most likely to accept it as truth.

But when a great illusion, magic trick or virtual reality experience comes along, suddenly, this line of demarkation is so blurred as to leave substantial questions in the mind of the viewer.

We evaluate perceptions. Based on those evaluations, we are most able to discern truth from lies, reality from illusion.

In many cases, those variables are neither truth nor lie. They are details that do not fall into one of those two camps. As we evaluate the resources at our disposal, we are awakened to the reality that we are in charge of making determinations for ourselves whether or not the variables we are evaluating are valid or are the fallacies that we are being fed in order to keep us in stasis.

If you are intent on looking at life through a more pessimistic perspective, you may well find yourself living a much lesser life than you might be living, were you to view those variables through a more optimistic mindset.

It is not that optimism, in and of itself, is the solution, but rather the collective mindset that breeds optimism, is.

This mindset is more willing to see the circumstances not only for what they currently are, but more importantly, seeing them for what we believe they are capable of becoming. For as you believe in something, your belief in it helps make it so. There are obviously exceptions to this thought process, but for the most part, it bears a great amount of truth.

When you are working your way through life’s assorted chapters, each of which is complete with issues and concerns, try your hardest to see them through a proper filter to enable you to evaluate each and every one of them as being a stair on a staircase that elevates you to a much higher level.

With this mindset in place, many of these items cease to be an impedance, and in turn, become a direct escalation to elevate you to exactly where you desire to venture next.

Guard your perceptions closely. They are your direct defense against thought processes that can cripple your future, when they could instead be the fortifications for the realization of your most valuable dreams.

Happy 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!