She has been through hell, so believe me when I say fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.

She has been through hell, so believe me when I say fear her when she looks into a fire and smiles.


Winston Churchill said, “When you’re going through hell, keep going.”

Isn’t that the truth?

There are moments that make us, and quite often… they stem directly from the moments that look to break us.  We are put to extreme challenges over the course of time, and as we emerge, we are genuinely forged in flame and tempered like steel. They say that man is like steel, when we lose our temper, we collapse.

I am sure we all wish it were different, but the truth is that when we are working to achieve brilliance, there is seldom a path to such that is not fraught with countless obstacles, disappointments, fears, frustrations, and failures.

But something deep inside causes us to accelerate out of these moments of conflict and enables us to find our true course in life. I have tried on many an occasion to write about these intangible variables, in hopes that I might leave behind me a trail of breadcrumbs that will teach the next one in my path how they might approach the continuous stream of messages that try desperately to beat the living daylights out of our hopes and dreams.

And yet, the words never seem to do justice to the actual real experience. At some point, words fall short of the deeper, innate understanding that this is your calling, knowing deep in your heart that you are the right person to achieve it, and absolutely nothing will stand in your path.

The tenacity and indomitable will required to achieve those calibre experiences are imperative to getting there. If you do not have these qualities, then you will be required to manifest them. If you are scared, stop and stare fear in the face, if you are shy, suck it up and get over it, and if you lack faith in yourself, then you had best cultivate it.

Nothing shy of these qualities will enable you to traverse the insanity of the path you have opted to travel.

And then….one day… you too will look into a fire and smile.

Happy Wednesday!

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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!