Sometimes all you can do is keep your head up, stay strong, let go and move on.

Sometimes all you can do is keep your head up, stay strong, let go and move on.

When is it time to finally admit, something is not going to work? 

Is there any specific moment where it is so obvious that the only choice left is to concede? 

In the game of chess, when you are in checkmate, there is no additional move. The only option left, is to concede. 

In life there are so many reasons for us to remain tenacious, persistent, and diligent. Yet there are clearly times when none of these efforts will bear any fruit whatsoever… in which case, that is the moment to throw in the proverbial white towel and move on to other pastures. 

How do we know when these moments have arrived? There’s certainly no clear-cut answer to this question, and of course, it will entirely depend upon what those circumstances are, that have driven you to this point, and what your resilience and/or capacity to rebound from the circumstances truly are. 

For example, if you are bidding on a contract, and the contract has been awarded to another party, is that the moment to concede or is that the moment to try even harder to win it back? That would entirely depend on the terms and the circumstances of the contract, but it is certainly one of those key mile stone moments in which we must source search and ask ourselves whether or not, there is anything left in the equation that warrants our time, or whether we would be better served, putting our energy into another opportunity. 

In personal relationships, I have watched various people struggle and struggle to stay in a relationship that is not working. There are 100 good reasons to try to do that, and yet there are unquestionably times, and circumstances, where no matter what both parties do, the water is under the bridge and the relationship has arrived at irreconcilable differences. 

The best we can do in life is to stay very aware, fully cognizant of all of the variables, as well as seeking the professional guidance of others who will help us potentially see things that we ourselves are remaining blinded to, as a result of our own stake in the game. 

Awareness of reality is a very important skillset, cultivated over time through trial and error and large doses of empirical knowledge and empirical learning. 

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!