Man is like steel. Once he loses his temper, he collapses.

What happens when you get pushed to the end of your limits?

Do you explode with fury or do you absorb it within, so that you can make a measured response?

We are so quick to enable external stimuli to trigger reactions deep within us. These are reactions that most certainly will not make us proud upon reflection hours, days or weeks later.

We are given an opportunity at the inflection moment of anger to either take control of ourselves in the moment, or to satisfy an internal desire to explode at the tiniest of stimuli.

What is it exactly that gives some people the self-control to internalize and review under quiet circumstances, whereas others feel necessity to blurt out whatever negative reaction that crosses their mind at such a moment?

If you have become a good student of life, you have almost certainly discovered that at a moment in which you indulged yourself with an angry overreaction, you have most likely witnessed the negative ramifications that come along with having made such an immature decision. A lost friendship, relationship, business opportunity and other outcomes are the traditional casualties of such a reaction.

Presumably, one or more of these incidents may begin to condition you to cease your temptation to yield to your internal anger, and instead recognize that while something might be absolutely irritating you in ways that you are most desirous of reacting to, that reaction is unquestionably the wrong chess move for you at that moment in time.

This lesson about controlling our anger is one of the great lessons that inevitably arises from empirical experience. We must suffer those ramifications before we will ever truly understand how and why we are best served by putting our anger and our overt reactions Into an internal compartment and allowing our resolution of those feelings to transpire on a personal basis, rather than flailing around under the watchful eyes of others and experiencing the negative repercussions of having done so.

True strength is absolutely derived from the continuous evolution of this, and several other core principles combined.

Losing one’s temper is a luxury that most of us truly cannot afford.

Happy Tuesday!

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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!