Sometimes in life you just have to go for it. No guarantees. No assurances. Not even the prospect that there is a safe landing.

Taking the jump is trepidatious at best, but the alternative, living a life of assured boredom, seems the greater potential casualty.

We watch others break through, and in their success, we see a formula that can propel us to new heights of life experiences. I think that is the catalytic element that drives us to take the jump. It is seldom made out of recklessness and in most cases made out of some inspiration from another person that gave us confidence that there could potentially be a safe landing.

Once your feet have left solid ground, and you know that all that is left is your ability to figure out how to fly, I think that is the moment you really start to discover what you are made of. You instantly recognize your shortcomings and you must confront and overcome them while simultaneously fending off the metaphorical pull of gravity.

There is both an incredible rush of exhilaration in the process, paired with a massive fear of the “what if” while you are going through the plunge.

Sometimes we sprout wings along the way, other times we discover what it feels like to hit the ground. In the moments when we hit the ground, we are well served to remember what it felt like to be soaring through the air, allowing us to climb back up onto a cliff and jump again.

Personally, I want to know that in my time on this planet, I jumped with intelligence and courage when the moment was right and then looked for any anti-gravitational system I could get my hands on during the fall.

Be courageous. A life lived with courage will deliver rewards far beyond your wildest imagination.

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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!