No one saves us but ourselves.

We can rely on countless people to collaborate and enable us to achieve anything that we set our minds to.

We grow up with family and friends that watch out for us on the path of life and are there for us in the hardest of moments as well as being there to share the happiest.

But ultimately when one strips away everything else, there is only one resource that one must rely upon. And that would be oneself.

Waking up to that realization at key moments in one’s life ultimately helps deliver the necessary resources to propel one into the next step, whatever that next step might be.

Whether those resources are considered drive, ambition, self discipline, conscience, morality or other, any way you shake it, it always boils down to one’s capability to manage one’s self against all of the variables in life that might alter the course in a less than desirable direction.

Ultimately, I believe everything stems from love of oneself and a propensity towards self discipline that catapults one through the most tumultuous of circumstances and delivers one to safe harbor or to higher ground.

The path is seldom easy, but the rewards are most always worth it. Finding the internal strength to walk our own paths, ultimately is the fuel that is required to make it through life. Here’s hoping that your journey today is a joyous one?

FYI… The Buddha (also known as Siddhattha Gotama or Siddhārtha Gautama)was a philosopher, mendicant, meditator, spiritual teacher, and religious leader who lived in Ancient India (c. 5th to 4th century BCE).

He remains one of my all-time most favorite philosophers. Fascinating that the truths from 2500 years ago are as relevant now as they were then.

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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!