Look to be done, not mad, not bothered, just done. Protect your peace at all costs.

Look to be done, not mad, not bothered, just done. Protect your peace at all costs.

Things are not always going to go your way. Count on it. 

The bigger variable is not so much, whether or not it transpired, but rather, how your overall experience concludes. 

One might readily argue that the entire experience just resolved in disparate fashion from your greatest hope, so why would there be any need or value to look beyond that horizon as to determine whether or not it, in and of itself, was important?  

The answer to that quandary lies in whether or not you are measuring your perspective in the context of the long game. There are so many chapters in life. Some resolve with wonderful outcomes for us. Others are more bland. And then there are those that come with highly negative outcomes.

When a chapter concludes, it is, of course, wise to learn the lesson. But an even larger lesson for the long game is how your thought process continues to deal with whatever negativity you have just endured.

We would all prefer to have a calm frame of mind. We live with a calm frame of mind until we empower other variables in our world to disrupt the calmness. Once that calmness has been interrupted, it is truly the measure of great strength, when and how we are able to process that negativity or disappointment, compartmentalize it and put it out of mind.

I believe we are all susceptible to different degrees of disappointment and frustration, but some people seem to be so much more adept at dealing with it, than others. Why do you suppose that is? Is it because they are just less passionate about what happened? Or is it more likely that they have matured some of their skills to enable them to allow for those disappointments, and still continue to move forward with poise and proper mindset?

A clear mind is fertile ground for new opportunity. With every distraction layer sitting within that frame of mind, comes ever greater opportunity to obfuscate all greater opportunities by clouding the brainstorming and decision-making with unnecessary garbage that does not belong in the process.

Instead of ruminating on how or why something did not work in your favor, may I suggest that you may be well served to spend the same time working to meet others, learning from them, sharing your thoughts and building new friendships?

Happy Wednesday!

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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!