The difference between a good life and a bad life is how you walk through the fire. 

The difference between a good life and a bad life is how you walk through the fire. 


How do you navigate your way through the flames? 

Are you flinching every time you feel the heat and cringing at every bonfire ahead of you… each of which appears to be evermore daunting? 

Or do you bask in the relative warmth around you and recognize that there isn’t a flame in existence that can possibly consume you? 

As you traverse your way through the continuously repressive dynamic of life experiences, are you looking at every variable as being overwhelming, or does each, and every variable hone you into a much stronger being, fully capable of accelerating through the fire, and into the future that awaits you? 

There is no question that the trail we blaze is continuously fraught with unforeseen variables, which at a moment’s notice, are capable of engulfing us in new chapters of distraction and chaos, when our chosen route would be to navigate around all of this and head straight for the destination we are seeking. 

The more we find ourselves embroiled in larger than life variables, through which we must find our footing and thereby grow accordingly, the more we learn about ourselves, and about that from which we are made. 

We are fully capable of traversing any flame that impedes our path. The overwhelming distinction, in my opinion, boils down to the mindset necessary for such a journey to be possible. If the frame of mind sees everything as temporary obstacles, then, without question they are. 

Conversely, if you perceive them as insurmountable, then they are… as the late Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”


Finding our frame of reference to empower us to navigate the flames and exit with a positive outcome on the other side, is entirely dependent upon our personal understanding of these truths, and even more importantly, our willingness and desire to embrace all of them with the prerequisite perspectives necessary to emerge victorious when all is said and done. 

Happy Monday!

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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!