Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.

Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.


What precisely is standing in your way for success?

Is it your continuous stream of external obstacles? Or is it even more likely that it is your reaction to them, that is hindering your process?

When we are focused and determined to achieve a precise game plan, we are almost inevitably going to encounter numerous impediments that threaten to thwart our ability to gain ground towards that ultimate outcome.

These impediments come in many different forms: human, logistics, financial, world issues, and more. What is it that makes the difference between those who overcome all obstacles and succeed, versus those who ultimately cave into the continuous stream of problems?

If you look closer at the details of almost every successful person, you will discover that their past was littered with continuous moments of doubt and consternation.

Is the outcome entirely predicated upon the personality or is it possible that some had specific life circumstances that were more readily resolved?

I believe the answer is a hybrid of both. Most certainly, some have had the opportunity to accelerate through some of their life problems by virtue of their personal strengths, professional relationships, and knowledge, paired with the intuition.

Whereas others did not have those same resources, and yet they still prevailed.

The essence of a person who remains indomitable must lie within.

It is only through the internal struggle that we grow stronger, and become all the more resolved in our perspective and attitude. When you get to this stage of self awareness, you become all the more powerful by virtue of your own determination, and willingness to confront each and every one of these obstacles, with the same degree of tenacity, and the same resolve required to dethrone any impediment that threatens to stop your progress altogether.

There are moments in life in which we are confronted by the doubt of our own making. When this transpires, we are all the more internalized in our approach towards whatever it is, that is impeding our progress.

If your mindset is proper and well-tuned, you will discover that there are always alternate variables upon which you might rely, given your determination and commitment to whatever it is that you have set out to do.

If you are continuously willing to see each, and every one of these, as merely another paper obstacle, through which you may easily bust through, you will discover that nothing will prevent you from succeeding, except yourself.

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!