Sometimes you have to walk away, to get to where you are going.

Have you ever been on a path or journey that was leading to a defined destination in life? It could be work related or relationship oriented or any other particular goal that you have set for yourself to achieve.

Along the way, you encounter an obstacle that is so overwhelmingly out of balance with your goal and your expectations. The first methodology is to take on the goal by going over, around, through or completely annihilating the obstacle. But after a concerted effort, you come to the realization that this obstacle is impermeable. So then what?

Does that mean it is time to vacate your desire to achieve the goal? There honestly is not a uniform solution to that quandary. There is only the potential choices that one’s disposal for contemplation. And one of those choices is walking away.

Walking away gives the impression of resigning, but in actuality I don’t see it that way at all. Sometimes walking away gives ample opportunity to discover a fresh perspective that facilitates a new path to success that might never have been discovered were it not for the choice to abandon the preconceived solution that lead one directly to the impermeable obstacle. 

I think we become fixated on a path and we mount all of our efforts towards that path with full expectation that if we are able to give something everything we got, we are likely to emerge on the other side victorious. 

Opting for an alternate solution requires a different kind of self-confidence and determination. This facilitates somebody being able to see the illogical value in continuing to attack an obstacle that is not going to disappear and instead allows one to regroup and to plan an alternate course of action that is more suited to create success. 

Choosing to walk away requires a delicate balance of promising yourself that your dream is not going to go unanswered while simultaneously having the maturity to accept that as much as you might believe this is the solution, apparently it is not. 

I spent 2020 continuing to collaborate with a would-be investor in Sizzle only to come to the end of the year and realize that it had been a massive waste of time and energy. So on Christmas day, I called it for what it was, On New Year’s Eve they contacted me and asked if we could put it all back together with money to be received on January 5. And by January 7 it was time for me to come to this disappointing realization and to walk away completely. It certainly doesn’t mean my goal will not be met, but it means that I must continue to talk with other capital sources until I find the right pairing for a product of the scope and magnitude of Sizzle.

Never lose sight of your dreams. If you encounter an obstacle that seems a unlikely to change, walk away and find a Plan B. They always exist.

Wishing you a very happy Friday and a joyous weekend🌈

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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!