One of the best signs of your growth is seeing yourself no longer worried, bothered or hurt by the things that once used to drain you. 

One of the best signs of your growth is seeing yourself no longer worried, bothered or hurt by the things that once used to drain you. 

When you get to the point that you are able to stare things in the face that once used to be so intimidating, and instead see them as the paper tigers that they are, then you are on your way to a new level in life.

When we are very young, we are thwarted by all sorts of things that are daunting. But as we get older, we start to leverage the life experience that we have aggregated in order that we may face these same foes with newfound strength.

Experience brings opportunity to facilitate knowledge into the equation such that we are able to see the problems for what they are and work through them with less fear and more methodical expertise.

As more of these continue to arise, we are more readily able to lean back into our arsenal of approaches such that we are able to fully encounter any one of these moments with much more resource than we had in the past.

Once we have stopped and learned to stare fear in the face, we are more capable of choosing our reaction next time the same experience or a similar experience should arise. In this moment of clarity, we are no longer thrown off of our game by this kind of encounter. We recognize in the moment of crisis what exactly is transpiring and through that clarity, we are able to leverage resources in our arsenal of tools and knowledge to better counter whatever it is that is crossing us.

As we find our pathway that facilitates our ability to traverse the current moment of anxiety and emerge into a happier and more balanced scenario, we are paving future pathways in our lives so that we are that much more prepared for similar moments that might arise.

Negotiating our way through tough circumstances is never pleasant, but if we are resilient and focused on how and why we are going to prevail, we discover we are going to accelerate at an ever greater frequency based solely upon each of the life experiences from which we have learned in our past.

The road through life is fraught with many perils, so it becomes incumbent upon us to be prudent in learning how to cope with every one of those circumstances such that we are ever more strong when the next one arrives. Happy Saturday!

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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!