One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life.

One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life.

Sometimes the most meaningful things can happen in a single moment. 

I am sure this has happened to you. In the flash of a second, the most insignificant thing became the most significant.

In the gestation of a relationship, it might be the moment they took your hand into theirs. Or it could be a text message that apologizes for something that threatened to derail everything. Or the head turning back over their shoulder for one last look as they appear to be walking away.

In life, we are trained to study the big moments. The catalytic moments that would appear to take us from one strata to an entirely new one. But often times, it is not the catalytic moment at all. Often times it is the indication that a specific moment of decision was reached. Other times, it is the notice that a door has opened and that a key relationship is beginning. 

Have you had a moment in your career where in the single introduction to the right person, much of your future has opened into a new horizon?

Whichever the variables, we are well served to watch for these small indicators with every bit as much enthusiasm and appreciation as we do the catalytic moments.

Life is fraught with such a large degree of uncertainty. In one moment everything feels as if we are on solid ground, and in the next, we are working with everything we have to reestablish equilibrium.

Only our internal determination keeps us on track, but in the course of doing so, our energy attracts that one person who can change our life. 

As you go through life, contemplate the opportunity to deliver the small indicators to those in your world who need/deserve them. Open a new door with someone with a welcoming smile. Be the bigger person and end the argument with diplomacy and courage. Save the relationship that needs saving and change the life of another through your efforts.

It may be a small gesture on your part, but it may have inestimable value to the other person.

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!